A stunning filly from the first Southern Hemisphere crop of dual Group I winner Power set the sale ring alight at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka on Tuesday selling for $600,000 to China Horse Club.
The most expensive filly of the sale, she is a half-sister to Group II winner Pussy Willow and stakes-winner Pussy O’Reilly from Group I placed Octagonal mare Octapussy, a daughter of Group II winner Dopff.
The athletic filly was presented through the Cambridge Stud draft by her owners Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan and Peter Walker, who had raced her dam.
Co-owner Peter Walker was coy on the filly’s potential prior to entering the ring and admitted he was in shock at the end result.
“We knew there had been plenty of interest in her through parades and the like but I just didn’t want to get my hopes up too high,” he said after the sale.
“Patrick was quite bullish and said we might get more than $300,000 but I was adamant I would be happy with anything over $200,000. It looks like we were both a little off the mark as this has simply blown me away.
“She is from an outstanding family with the proof there on the pedigree page but when they start reaching those sorts of numbers it would take most people’s breath away.”
The filly was purchased by Michael Wallace on behalf of the China Horse Club.
“She was simply an outstanding type and a filly that will hopefully play a significant role for her owners both on the racetrack and later in a breeding career,” Wallace said.
“We have been building up a terrific portfolio of well-bred colts and fillies and this is a very strong addition to that group.”
Power had six yearlings average $209,167 and finished as the leading NZ based first season sire by average with other good sales including $210,000 for a colt from Kilfenora and $180,000 for a filly from Capital Diamond.