Coolmore sires light up the Gold Coast
Coolmore sires accounted for four of the five top lots at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale including the sale-topping Fastnet Rock ex. Temple Of Peace colt to James Harron Bloodstock for $400,000. Temple Of Peace (Carnegie) is the dam of four winners including Champion 3YO and multiple Group 1 winner Whobegotyou (Street Cry).
“He is obviously by a champion sire in Fastnet Rock and it was great to get the opportunity to buy him. He is a horse that could have made a lot more money as a yearling so I am delighted to get him,” said Harron.
The progeny of Fastnet Rock were understandably well sought after, with six lots selling for an average of $248,000. Leading pinhookers Supreme Thoroughbreds went to $300,000 to secure the first foal of the Stakes-winning mare Everage, a Fastnet Rock colt from the Rothwell Park draft.
So You Think backed-up his sensational start on the track with five weanlings selling for an average of $180,000. The Ampulla Lodge/Ascot Farm partnership made their opinions of So You Think clear with Steve Jostlear of Ampulla Lodge saying “we’ve targeted him at this sale and we bought the best colt and best filly, we’re backing him hard”. Described by Jostlear as “the best weanling I’ve seen this season”, the partnership went to $335,000 for lot 273, a filly from the Stakes-winning mare Dorf Command (Commands). They also gave $200,000 for lot 99, from the Group 3-winning She Rules (Commands).
“That colt (Lot 99), he was a So You Think lookalike. He’s got a lovely head and is a beautiful colt, he’s got that kind beautiful eye that his dad has,” said Jostlear.
Pierro (pictured) followed on from the strength of his first yearlings with more impressive results. His first yearlings realised up to $1.5 million and leading bloodstock agent James Bester bid $330,000 to secure the Pierro ex. Bellevue Girl colt from the draft of Newgate Farm.
The Pierro filly from the multiple Stakes-winning Danehill mare Lilakyn was knocked down to Redwall Bloodstock for $220,000 from the Rothwell Park draft. She is closely related to Group 1 New Zealand Guineas winner Rock’n’Pop (Fastnet Rock).