Lot 274 bay gelding Burgundy – Ruppertsburg (Montjeu) $30,000 (draft: Kilgravin Lodge)
David Ellis purchased Burgundy (Redoute’s Choice) as a yearling at Karaka, having already purchased his three-quarter brother Darci Brahma (Danehill), subsequent five-time Group 1 winner and Champion Sire, trained by Te Akau.
Burgundy followed suit, winning five stakes races, Group 1 placed in Telegraph (Gr. 1, 1200m), and widely regarded as the fastest horse ever trained by Te Akau.
At stud, his first three two-year-olds to race all won, with stakes winner and NZB Filly of the Year Dijon Bleu among his first crop. Unfortunately, Burgundy died after serving only four seasons, yet recently his progeny have been in terrific form and notably was represented by Mondorani winning New Zealand Cup (Gr. 3, 3200m) on 13 November at Riccarton.
His dam is Ruppertsburg, by internationally acclaimed Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells), who made significant impact as a sire in New Zealand, after winning French and Irish Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
As a broodmare, Ruppertsburg has left four winners of nine races, including stakes placed Adolay.
Grand-dam Clear Rose (Deputy Governor) was an exceptionally good filly, very athletic, 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) winner and Joint Top Filly in 3YO Free Handicaps. At three, she won Eulogy Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m) and Desert Gold Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m), runner-up in NZ Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m), and went on winning Japan/NZ International Stakes (Gr. 2, 1600m) before leaving five individual winners as broodmare.
“He’s a nice horse by a sire we know so well,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “We had plenty of success with his progeny: Sophisticardo was a debut winner at two and fourth in Karaka Million, before winning again this season, Belle En Rouge has just finish third in the 1000 Guineas and Irish Red won before also racing in the Guineas.
“He’s from a good Pencarrow Stud family, where we bought Burgundy and Darci Brahma, and it’s a family that leaves plenty of winners.
“He presented well, breezed up well once his mind was on the job, and he will soon be in the stable.
“We think he snuck under the radar, a very similar type to Sophisticardo, and could be the steal of the sale.”