Big bucks - $2 million for kiwi yearling
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
The 2010 Australasian record price for a yearling has been smashed on Tuesday at Karaka.
NSW-based bloodstock agent James Bester paid $NZ 2 million for a colt from Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud by champion stallion Zabeel out of the stakes winning Danehill mare Diamond Like.
Diamond Like is a daughter of the great racemare and producer Tristalove making the colt’s dam a full sister to Group I performers Viking Ruler and Kempinsky as well as a three quarter sister to Group I-placed Lovetrista.
“He is the best yearling I’ve ever seen, period,” James Bester said.
‘An extremely classy, high quality and well balanced, athletic Zabeel out of a fast sprinter/miler by Danehill.
The dam is out of an exceptional mare, Tristalove that comes from the best southern hemisphere family ever.”
Bester said he regarded the colt as “the best yearling” he’d ever seen at a southern hemisphere sale and after a spirited bidding duel, he outpointed one of the world’s biggest agents.
“Unfortunately Demi O’Byrne representing Coolmore also had a very high opinion of the colt,” Bester said.
The renowned bloodstock agent wouldn’t divulge the identity of the colt’s new owners, and whilst a trainer is still to be decided, Bester confirmed the horse will race in Australia.
The sale price of $NZ 2 million crushed Monday’s top price for an Australasian yearling in 2010 when a Singapore buyer went to $NZ 1 million to secure a colt by Fastnet Rock out of former topline kiwi galloper Popsy.
Interesting headline 2010 record yearling.