A stunning colt by leading sire High Chaparral provided the top lot at the NZB Ready to Run Sale in New Zealand on Wednesday when selling for $430,000.
Offered for sale by Regal Farm, the star colt was knocked down to leviathan New Zealand owner David Ellis of Te Akau Racing.
“I genuinely think this is the nicest colt I’ve bought here at Karaka since Darci Brahma,” commented Ellis. “He’s an absolutely stunning colt, bred on the same cross as It’s a Dundeel.
“At the Karaka Sales in January I bought four colts for a syndicate that had the misfortune of losing the Fastnet Rock colt when he broke his leg at trackwork just a couple of weeks ago. So I have bought this colt to replace him.
“He’s a colt that we could send to Christchurch for the 2000 Guineas and then train on for the New Zealand Derby and the big staying races in Australia.”
The colt is from Deduction, an unraced Zabeel mare that ranks as a three-quarter sister-in-blood to champion racehorse Might and Power, winner of races such as the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups as well as the Cox Plate.
Deduction is also a half-sister to Hong Kong Group I winner Lucky Owners and to the dam of four-time Group I winner Mosheen.