Lot 2 bay colt (Preferment – Play Me, by Nashwan) $55,000 (draft: Brighthill Farm)
Champion Stayer in Australia, Preferment is a four-time Group One winning son of Champion Sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram). He recorded his Group One victories in the Victoria Derby (Gr. 1, 2500m), Turnbull Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m), Australian Cup (Gr. 1, 2000m), and The BMW (Gr. 1, 2400m), and $3.6m prize money.
From a mare by Golden Slipper (Gr. 1, 1200m) winner Flying Spur (Danehill), Preferment was purchased by trainer Chris Waller, as a yearling at Karaka, and provided an early return on investment.
Clearly impressed, Waller also purchased the equal top priced ($160,000) yearling by Preferment from his first offering at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, and noted bloodstock agent Dean Hawthorne went to $280,000 for one of his colts at the yearling sale this year.
The dam, Play Me, was a winner over 2000 metres in the UK, and left versatile three-time winner Trueman (Keeper).
Dam sire Nashwan, by the mighty sire Blushing Groom, won both his starts as a two-year-old before a unique quartet of Group One wins in the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Eclipse Stakes, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a feat that remains unequalled. At stud he left European Champion racehorse and sire Swain. In turn, Nashwan was out of one of the best broodmares in history, Height of Fashion, and a half-brother to Ufuwain and Nayef, a family made famous by Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum.
“We thought he was the best type in the sale,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “He’s a classic sort of colt and a real Guineas/Derby sort of horse.
“He’s by a stallion that was a fantastic racehorse and there are good words being spoken about young horses from his first two crops. His progeny have been bought by respected judges and gone to good stables in New Zealand and Australia.
“While not natural running two-year-olds, they look like horses that will continue to improve with time and classic types that should become good Cups horses.
“He moves well, plenty of quality about him, rich colour, and natural strength. We’re pleased to have secured him at the price and think he has plenty of upside.”