Lot 247 bay filly Tarzino – Postmans Daughter (Postponed) $250,000 (draft: Lilywhites Lodge)
By Derby winner – out of Counties Cup winner
“We loved this filly, with good size, scope and strength, and bred to be a real Oaks type,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis.
“We were taken by her physicality: tall, good-looking, elegant sort of filly, walks well, and we were happy with the way that she breezed up, where she was light on her feet and showed natural ability.
“She’s out of an incredibly tough race mare that needs no introduction. Postmans Daughter was good enough and showed her versatility winning the Foxbridge Plate (Gr. 3, 1200m), extending out to win the Counties Cup (Gr. 2, 2100m), and only very good mares can do that.
“On pedigree and type, we considered her one of the best fillies in the sale.
“We have kept a close eye on the progeny of Tarzino and believe he has already left an above average three-year-old from his first crop, Te Toki, who has certainly looked impressive winning his first two starts.”
Tarzino, by Tavistock (Montjeu), who sired four international Derby winners, is a young sire that has quickly risen to prominence.
As a racehorse, Tarzino competed against the best three-year-olds in Australia, winning the VRC Derby (Gr. 1, 2500m), his third win in first six starts, and returned to finish second in Australian Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) before victory in Rosehill Guineas (Gr. 1, 2000m), and named Champion 3YO Colt in Australia.
Postmans Daughter was runner-up three times over 1600 metres at Group 1 level, recorded Group 2 and Group 3 wins, among nine victories from 1200m – 2200m. She was one hell of a competitor.
Through her sire lines, the filly carries a cross of immortal sire Northern Dancer.