300,000gns filly leads way for red-hot Australia

The first-crop foals of brilliant Australia were understandably in demand at Tattersalls this week, none more so than a beautiful filly who realised 300,000gns.

Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock snapped up the January-born youngster (pictured), a daughter of the Dansili mare Caserta bred by Philip and Carolyn Cort.

“Everyone always says their filly purchase is the best-looking in the sale, but this one was,” said Goff. “She has been bought for an owner/breeder and will not be returning to the ring. She will be going into training in England.”

One that could be reappearing next year is a sibling to the 2009 G1 Irish Derby runner-up Golden Sword (by High Chaparral) bred by the Pocock family at their Stringston Farm.

Franny Woods of Rathbarry Stud struck the successful bid of 165,000gns.

“Australia was a brilliant racehorse and this is a lovely foal. I saw him earlier in the year and liked him. We’ll bring him back to Book 1 and hopefully he’ll be lucky for us. I don’t think the pedigree has to do much more. Foals by Group 1 sires with good pedigrees are well worth having,” said Woods.

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