How Miracles happen: the Teeley Assets story

It’s a few days after Miracles of Life‘s brilliant Blue Diamond Preview victory and Iris O’Farrell is still bubbling with excitement.

Iris, the Bloodstock Manager for the filly’s owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen, says, “It was only a Listed Race but it felt like a much bigger race. The trainer was beside himself, and the jockey’s mother and father were so emotional.”

Pictured: Iris O’Farrell with Daniel Clarken & Lauren Stojakovic at the trophy presentation after last Saturday’s Blue Diamond Preview LR at Caulfield. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Trainer Daniel Clarken and jockey Lauren Stojakovic have plenty to be excited about. Miracles of Life is one of seven Teeley Assets-owned horses in Daniel’s small Adelaide stable, and apprentice Lauren, after winning twice on the filly at Morphettville, kept the ride on the 2YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt with Mr Yaseen’s support.

Says Iris, “And what has she done wrong? She’s ridden the filly three times for three wins.”

Miracles of Life has come through her 4.3 length Preview win well and has earned enough to pay the $55,000 late entry fee for the $1 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 on 23 February.

Winning it won’t be a new experience for Mr Yaseen: his superlative colt Redoute’s Choice won the 1999 Blue Diamond at his second start.

Today Teeley Assets owns 45 mares, 49 weanlings and yearlings, and 29 racehorses – a major bloodstock business founded on a 30-year friendship, an exceptional broodmare and a champion stallion.

Iris explains, “I was managing a TAB agency in East Melbourne, not far from the Hilton Hotel, and first met Mr Yaseen in 1983 when he was staying there and would visit the TAB.

“One day he asked me if I drank tea, I said Yes, and then some very nice tea arrived, which he still sends me.

“I got to know him better, met his wife and family, and my husband and I would sometimes join them at the races and so we became friends.”

When Mr Yaseen called in 1992 and said he wanted to buy a horse, Iris began a remarkable transition from TAB agent to bloodstock manager.

She says, “My family emigrated from Malta in the 1950s and my mother used to have a daily double but I didn’t enjoy racing and knew little about it. When I began working in a TAB I didn’t even know what ‘each way’ meant!

“I knew nothing about buying or racing horses, but I knew Bob Skelton through a friend of a friend and asked him to help us buy a filly called Go Gally Go. But unfortunately, she didn’t go at all!”

Then, in 1994 Mr Yaseen read an article about the likely top lot at that year’s Melbourne Sale, a filly by Canny Lad from Dancing Show, and determined to buy her.

And buy her he did, for $220,000 with John Messara as the under-bidder. Named Shantha’s Choice, the filly won a race in Melbourne but an injury forced her early retirement and in the spring of 1995 she was sent, at Iris’ suggestion, to the emerging super-sire, Danehill.

The result was Redoute’s Choice and he was followed by two more Group One-winning colts, Platinum Scissors and Manhattan Rain, Group 3 winner Sliding Cube and stakeswinner Echoes of Heaven. All were retained and raced by Mr Yaseen, who remains a co-owner with Arrowfield of the now champion sire Redoute’s Choice.

Redoute’s Choice both funded and encouraged the establishment of the Teeley Assets broodmare band.

Iris explains, “Mr Yaseen was mainly interested in racing but when Redoute’s Choice retired to stud, we needed to support him with mares. So we began buying them with advice from Les Young and Alan Porter.”

The Teeley Assets mares are based at Arrowfield, Coolmore, Vinery & Widden Studs, and in recent years have left Absolutely (AJC Oaks G1), Hong Kong Group winner Packing Ok, Group 3 winner Precious Lorraine, brilliant 3YO Lankan Rupee and 2YO filly Mount Zero (a game fourth in the Blue Diamond Preview), as well as Miracles of Life.

Miracles of Life is a grand-daughter of Snippets’ Jewel, purchased for $210,000 in 2005 from Vinery and then re-sold five years later after she had left four beautifully bred daughters, all retained by Mr Yaseen: Miracles of Life’s dam Dazzling Gazelle (by More Than Ready), Scattered Dreams & Oscar Dreams (both by Redoute’s Choice) and 3YO filly This Is Your Life (by Fastnet Rock).

As owner of Manhattan Rain and shareholder in Not A Single Doubt, Mr Yaseen is a strong supporter of both stallions, sending 19 mares to Manhattan Rain in 2012 alone.

Ten years retired from his busy and successful apparel business in Sri Lanka, he is content to keep a low profile, while working closely with Iris who is the public face of Teeley Assets. However, one task he reserves for himself is naming his horses, often recognisable by names connected with the rag trade, and phrases with slightly exotic or spiritual qualities.

Redoute’s Choice, for example, was named for one of Mr Yaseen’s major business clients, the famous French mail order company La Redoute.

Miracles of Life rather aptly describes the serendipitous turn of events that put the filly in Daniel Clarken’s stable, and a jockey undaunted by a series of injuries on her back.

Iris says, “We met Daniel after we bought Zodiac Queen and kept her in training with him for a few starts. We started sending him tried horses that couldn’t win in Melbourne and he did a good job with them, so we decided it was time to send him a couple of yearlings.” Latvian Amber, winner of two from four and resuming soon, was the first, and Miracles of Life, considered too small to sell, was the second.

Iris admits she didn’t truly appreciate the significance of Redoute’s Choice’s Blue Diamond victory but with another 14 years’ experience in the bloodstock business behind her, a second win, with a filly by a son of Redoute’s Choice, would be very special.

A miracle of life, indeed.

Flying Spur filly makes $400,000 at NZ Premier Sale

Flying Spur posted his highest price so far in 2013 when Trelawney Stud took his attractive daughter from Stella Livia through the New Zealand Premier sale-ring yesterday.

Well-known New Zealand owner Gary Harding, who races star 3YO filly Fix, was the successful bidder at $400,000.

Pictured: Trelawney Stud’s $400,000 Flying Spur filly from Stella Livia. Both sire and dam are descended from the famous broodmare Ciboulette, through her daughters Fanfreluche and Somfas. (PHOTO: NZ Bloodstock/Trelawney Stud)

Four other yearlings by the champion sire son of Danehill were sold during the two-day Premier Sale, notably Pencarrow Stud‘s $220,000 colt from Madeleine Noblet, bought by leading syndicator David Ellis.

They are among the 114 members of the second-last crop of Flying Spur, who was retired from stud duties at the start of the 2012 breeding season.

However, he continues to make a positive impact on Australian racing as a sire (59 winners & $2.2 million prizemoney this season); broodmare sire (third on the Broodmare Sires’ list with 116 winners & $4.2 million prizemoney); and sire of sires (his son Casino Prince heads the 2nd Season Sires’ list).

Flying Spur is enjoying a particularly good year with his current 3YOs, conceived in 2008 on his career-high fee of $137,500. Progressive recent winners from that crop include Lampedusa (Trainer: Peter Moody; 3 wins from 4 starts, inc. two in Melbourne); That’s A Good Idea(Mark de Montfort; 2 wins in Sydney); and Hazard (Anthony Freedman; 3 wins, inc. two in Melbourne).

In Singapore the fine campaigner Flying Fulton won his fourth domestic Group race in November, while in New Zealand 4YO mare Full of Spirit was 2nd in the ARC Rich Hill Mile G2 on New Year’s Day.

Flying Spur has 18 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, including 3 colts and 2 fillies in the Arrowfield draft – here .

Vadashan carries classic hopes for Aga Khan & Arrowfield venture

Thoroughbred horse breeding is a business of extreme time-frames.

Lives can be changed in the 70 seconds or so it takes to run the Golden Slipper, while a breeding strategy can take many years to bear fruit.

Pictured: Vadashan pictured with his dam Vadsalina at Arrowfield in the spring of 2009. Sadly, Vadsalina died last spring, but Arrowfield will offer her Starcraft colt at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

Arrowfield’s joint venture with His Highness the Aga Khan falls into the latter category, but ultimate success may come in a few minutes this autumn, if a dark brown colt in the Paul Messara stable fulfils the potential shown in his debut performance at Kembla Grange on 19 January.

His name is Vadashan and he’s by Redoute’s Choice from the French stakeswinner Vadsalina, a half-sister to Vadawina (Longchamp Prix Saint-Alary G1), from the family of Group 1 winners Valixir and Val Royal.

Vadsalina was one of six Aga Khan mares that arrived at Arrowfield in 2008. Other members of that initial group include Daralara (by Barathea), whose stylish Redoute’s Choice colt made $575,000 at the recent Magic Millions Sale, and Tazkara (by Sinndar), dam of city winner Rowie (by Flying Spur).

Messara has a high opinion of Vadashan who is raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Saeed Naser Al Romaithi and Renata Coleman.

The dark brown colt has been given ample time to mature, with two trials as a late 2YO, and a trial win in early January. The manner of his race win, in particular his stride-lengthening acceleration in the straight, hinted that the classic ambition Paul Messara holds for him can indeed be fulfilled.

The colt also offers a tantalising preview of what may result from Redoute’s Choice’s sojourn at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France, where he will serve a book of quality international mares, including 15 members of the Aga Khan’s own superlative broodmare band.

Vadashan may be joined in his classic quest by stablemate Perfect Tempo, a Redoute’s Choice filly from VRC Oaks & 1000 Guineas winner Special Harmony. She made her debut at Kembla Grange four days after Vadashan and put up a staunch performance to finish a close second. Again, it was the way she stretched out under pressure which caught the eye.

A pair of Redoute’s Choice colts will be offered at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, including Bellerive Stud’s colt from the Zabeel mare Quibble – view the draft here .

Best Eleven third in Hong Kong Group One

Hong Kong sprinter Best Eleven boosted the evidence for the Charge Forward/Redoute’s Choice nick with a career-best performance at Sha Tin when third in Sunday evening’s $HK4.5 million HKJC Centenary Sprint Cup 1000m HK-1.

Pictured: Best Eleven, winner of 6 races from 15 starts and $HK4.5 million in Hong Kong. (PHOTO: Hong Kong Jockey Club)

The race was won for the second time by Eagle Regiment, from Frederick Engels, with Best Eleven less than two lengths from the winner, after settling behind the early leaders and kicking strongly from the 300-metre mark.

Best Eleven, an elegant, good-looking gelding from the Redoute’s Choice mare Betsy Pie was bred by Glenlogan Park Stud and purchased for $170,000 by Gai Waterhouse at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Named Piecart, he trialled three times as a 2YO in Sydney, and notably defeated the outstanding colt Smart Missile and subsequent Group winner Salade in a March 2011 barrier trial.

Soon after that effort, he was sold to Hong Kong where he is trained by Tony Cruz for owner Ma Ching Fat. Best Eleven won five of nine starts in his first campaign, including four straight in January and February 2012. He won again in May before a close third to Captain Sweet and Zabaleta in the Sha Tin Vase 1200m HK-3 in May.

Best Eleven is the latest of Charge Forward’s nine stakes performers this season, a group headed by a trio of gifted 2YOs, Assail, Crack A Roadie & Direct Charge, and a pair of 3YO fillies Cavalry Rose and Urban Groove.

Four of those current stakes performers (Assail, Best Eleven, Direct Charge & stakes-placed Moroccan Rose) are among 13 named foals bred on the Charge Forward/Redoute’s Choice cross.

It’s a combination that can be found in just two lots at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale: Cornerstone Stud‘s colt from Allegrini, and Flinders Park Stud‘s colt from Daria.

And there is only one yearling by Charge Forward from a Redoute’s Choice mare catalogued for the Inglis Australian Easter Sale: the sister to Assail, from Emanday, in the Arrowfield draft.

Life is Miraculous in Blue Diamond Preview

Not A Single Doubt began the week as the sire of the equal top-priced lot at the Inglis Classic Sale, and he ends it with a new star in the making, his 12th stakeswinner Miracles of Life.

Pictured: Lauren Stojakovic pilots Miracles of Life to a commanding victory in the MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

The 2YO filly announced her arrival in Melbourne today with a dazzling win in a strong renewal of the $120,000 MRC Blue Diamond Fillies Preview 1000m LR.

Muzaffar Yaseen‘s homebred filly jumped well from barrier 6 and travelled sweetly behind the early leaders until asked to acclerate around them on the turn.

Miracles of Life responded instantly and romped clear to win by 4.25 lengths in a 57.39 seconds – 0.72 seconds faster than the Colts Preview. Her performance was franked by runner-up Diamond Glow and third-placed Swing Vote, both impressive debut winners three weeks ago in Melbourne and Sydney.

Miracles of Life is now the $3.30 TAB favourite for the $1 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 on 23 February.

She is Not A Single Doubt’s second 2YO stakeswinner this season, following the equally impressive Villa Verde, an early favourite for the Golden Slipper S. G1. They are among six 2YO stakeswinners by the son of Redoute’s Choice.

The compact chestnut filly is the first foal of Dazzling Gazelle, an unraced daughter of More Than Ready and Snippets’ Jewel. Mr Yaseen’s Teeley Assets purchased Snippets’ Jewel for $210,000 from Vinery Stud in 2005. Dazzling Gazelle is based at Bellerive Stud where she is due to foal again to Not A Single Doubt in August.

Although Miracles of Life is not nominated for the Blue Diamond, she has, after 3 wins from 3 starts, earned enough to pay the late entry fee of $55,000. Her trainer Daniel Clarken said, “We’ll get her home and see how she pulls up first, that’s the most important thing and then we’ll go from there. But it looks like she deserves a late entry to me.

“It was three weeks into this run today. I think she’ll now go straight into the Blue Diamond.”

Teeley Assets’ colours of “Yellow, red square, orange & pale green hooped sleeves, red & yellow quartered cap” have been seen before in the Blue Diamond winner’s circle. They were carried to a memorable victory in 1999 by Mr Yaseen’s champion colt – and Miracles of Life’s paternal grandsire – Redoute’s Choice.

Aceland's All American colt supports a good cause

A generous breeder and his All American colt are doing their bit to support the state’s Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal.

Alwyn “Ace” Shaw, of Aceland Stud, will donate half the proceeds from the sale of his All American-Whitemore Dynasty colt at the upcoming Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale.

Pictured: Aceland Stud’s All American colt will support a very worthy cause when he’s sold at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale. (PHOTO: Aceland Stud)

All American’s first yearlings have already found favour with buyers at the Magic Millions Gold Coast and Inglis Classic Sales, averaging more than $70,000 for 29 lots sold at the two sales. Aceland’s colt is the first foal of the winning Belong to Me mare Whitemore Dynasty, from the family of Group 1 winners Taiki Fortune, Tentam and Known Fact.

Magic Millions have supported the Stud’s initiative and will donate the sale entry fee and half of all commissions on the colt.

As a bonus to the buyer, the colt will be sold having already been paid up for the Australia-wide Magic Millions Race Series – a value of $3,300.

“This is a great initiative from Ace Shaw and the team from Aceland Stud,” said Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox.

“We’re delighted to be able to support the wonderful act of generosity from Ace and we hope the colt will be popular at the sale and raise a healthy figure for the bushfire appeal.”

Aceland Stud has 10 yearlings catalogued, and will act as agent for another three, for the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale in Launceston on 14 February. The only other Arrowfield-sired lot in the catalogue is the Snitzel-Butzie filly that Armidale Stud will offer on behalf of Reibey Lodge.

Ace Shaw is a staunch supporter of the thoroughbred industry, particularly in Tasmania. His sponsorship includes the Magic Millions Tasmanian 2YO Classic through his Shaw Contracting operation. In a fitting result Aceland Stud sold last year’s Classic winner Tiger’s Cub.

Ace said, “Life has been very good to me and this is a way of giving something back. The bushfires in parts of Tasmanian have devastated many and I wanted to be able to contribute and came up with this idea.

“Interest in the All American colt has been good and hopefully when he goes under the hammer on February 14 he can attract plenty of bids.

“Thanks to Vin Cox, David Chester and the team from Magic Millions for their support of a great cause.”

The Stud will also offer a second All American colt, from Aceland (by Stravinsky) at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and has a third mare, Viking Rose, in foal to the Group 1-winning son of Red Ransom.

Thanks to Magic Millions.

First Light happy to land ""filly of the Classic Sale""

First Light Racing co-founder Tim Wilson says the Melbourne-based syndicator landed “the filly of the sale” when he paid $135,000 for a daughter of Not A Single Doubt to provide one of the highlights of Monday’s second session of the Inglis 2013 Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book.

Pictured: Huntworth Stud’s Not A Single Doubt-Happy Camper filly, sold for $135,000 at the Inglis Classic Sale. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Wilson, the filly’s new co-trainer Mathew Ellerton and leading bloodstock agent Paul Willetts prevailed in a strong bidding duel to secure the filly from the Grand Lodge mare Happy Camper. She was offered by Huntworth Stud which also sold Group 3 winner Direct Charge (by Charge Forward) at last year’s Classic Sale.

Wilson said the team was thrilled to win the battle for the yearling after they earmarked her as the best buy of the sale during numerous inspections.

“She’s by Not A Single Doubt who has the current Blue Diamond (Miracles of Life) and Slipper favourites (Villa Verde) and this filly is the best of his progeny we’ve seen,” Wilson said.

“There’s a lot of Redoute’s Choice about her and she’s just a lovely moving filly with great shoulder and strong hind quarters. She was the best filly we’ve seen across the two sales (Magic Millions and Inglis Classic) this season and I think everyone here was on her.

“She’s worth every cent and more and we’re just thrilled to have secured her.”

Wilson said the early position of the Inglis Classic Sale Summer Book auction was the fact purchases will be able to wind down from the hectic period at the sales complexes before trainers begin to work on them to prepare prospective two-year-olds for an early campaign.

“The beauty of January sales is she’s straight into our system and that’ll give her every chance to make an early runner,” Wilson said. “She’s already on a float to Victoria and we’ll give her three or four weeks to recover from the sales before she gets broken-in and we start dreaming of the major two-year-old races with her.”

First Light’s new purchase will be on display at the operation’s open day at Glenfern Park, Romsey on Australia Day, 26 January.

The filly was the second most expensive Not A Single Doubt yearling sold at Newmarket on Tuesday after Perth trainer Neville Parnham outlaid the equal top price of the sale of $170,000 for a brother to Sydney winner Conroy’s Gap, from the Anabaa mare Fleecing.

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Bell River Thoroughbreds thrilled with Doubt

“For a small farm like us, it’s an unbelievable result.”

That was Andrew Ferguson‘s reaction after Bell River Thoroughbreds’ colt by Not A Single Doubt from Fleecing sold for the equal-highest price of $170,000 at the Inglis Classic Sale on Monday. The buyer was leading Perth trainer Neville Parnham.

Pictured: Andrew, Jock, James & Georgie Ferguson of Bell River Thoroughbreds with their sale-topping Not A Single Doubt colt. (PHOTO: Arrowfield Stud)

It is the best price achieved by Andrew and his wife Georgie in the ten years they have been breeding horses on their property near Wellington, in inland New South Wales. It’s also a fitting reward for one of Not A Single Doubt’s most enthusiastic admirers.

Andrew says, “I’ve been a fan of Not A Single Doubt from the start. Georgie’s stepfather, the late Bruce Reid, had a share in him as a racehorse and we all knew he was a Group One quality horse who didn’t quite produce it on the track.”

The Fergusons manage 25 mares owned in partnership with a small group of private clients and have bred & sold about a dozen foals by the son of Redoute’s Choice since 2007. Earlier this month their filly by him from Magic Zefta was purchased for $95,000 by Star Thoroughbreds from the Arrowfield draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

So far, the resulting performers include Lionize (a winner & stakes-placed at two in South Africa), Hong Kong winner Seasons Star, Conroy’s Gap, a brother to their Classic sale-topper and, as it happens, Our Single Doubt who has his first start in Saturday’s Blue Diamond Preview LR at Caulfield.

The Fergusons have also pin-hooked several of Not A Single Doubt’s progeny, among them city winners My Cookie Monster and Take This Waltz.

The sale-ring outcomes have been more than satisfying, with 18 Bell River yearlings by Not A Single Doubt sold for a healthy seven-figure total.

Fleecing is a city-winning daughter of Anabaa from a half-sister to Group 1 winner Aragen and Annuity, dam of Not A Single Doubt’s son Cavallo Pazzo, a dual stakeswinner in Perth earlier this season. Fleecing has a 2012 filly by Not A Single Doubt and Bell River has two other mares, Arthur’s Lass and Cool As Oh, in foal to him.

The farm will present a particularly interesting Not A Single Doubt colt at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March. He’s from Lady Beckworth, a half-sister to the dam of champion filly Atlantic Jewel and Group 1 winner Commanding Jewel.

However, there’s more behind the Fergusons’ success than a singular dedication to Not A Single Doubt. Andrew says, “Georgie has a wonderful eye for horses, she’s the backbone of the whole thing, and it’s great that we’re all here as a family.” Sons James 16, and Jock 14, are keen members of the Bell River team and were on hand to share a very happy day at the Inglis Newmarket Stables.

Not A Single Doubt & Snitzel top the Classic Sale

Arrowfield’s young gun sires Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt dominated proceedings at the two-day Inglis Classic Sale which ended yesterday with a healthy overall improvement on last year’s trading.

Pictured: James Ferguson with Bell River Thoroughbreds’ Not A Single Doubt-Fleecing colt. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The two sons of Redoute’s Choice supplied five of the Sale’s top 10 lots, and headed the sire averages. Snitzel ended the Sale with 7 lots sold for an average price of $77,276, while Not A Single Doubt posted an average of $56,778 for 18 lots sold.

Not A Single Doubt claimed the equal top-priced yearling of the sale, the colt from the Anabaa mare Fleecing. He was offered by the Ferguson family’s Bell River Thoroughbreds and purchased by Perth trainer Neville Parnham for $170,000 – Bell River’s best-ever sale price. The colt is a full-brother to city winner Conroy’s Gap from the family of one of Not A Single Doubt’s 11 stakeswinners, the Western Australian galloper Cavallo Pazzo.

Arrowfield sold Snitzel’s top-priced lot, the filly from Deputy Lil, bought by Kitchwin Hills for $135,000, a figure also achieved by Huntworth Stud‘s Not A Single Doubt-Happy Camper filly, knocked down to the team of First Light Racing, Ellerton Zahra Racing & Paul Willetts. Huntworth Stud was the vendor of last year’s $105,000 Classic Sale colt by Charge Forward from Lady of Choice, now known as Group 3 winner Direct Charge.

Two lots by Snitzel, Widden Stud‘s $120,000 filly from Can’t Hackit and the $105,000 colt from Forestress offered by Southern Cross Breeders, also made the Sale’s top ten prices.

Other highlight results for vendors selling Arrowfield-sired yearlings were Marquee Stud‘s Starcraft-Bodacious Harmony colt ($77,500), Torryburn Stud‘s Starcraft-She’s Academic colt ($76,000), Arrowfield‘s All American-Patronage colt ($75,000) and Manx Park‘s Manhattan Rain-Starry Way colt ($72,500).

Snitzel fillies top first-day selling at Inglis Classic

A $135,000 Snitzel filly has topped the first day of selling at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

Pictured: The $135,000 Snitzel filly from Deputy Lil (by French Deputy). (PHOTO: Martin King)

The daughter of Deputy Lil was offered by Arrowfield Stud and purchased by Kitchwin Hills. Deputy Lil is a half-sister to Group 1-placed stakeswinner Estee, both of them from New Zealand Horse of the Year Tycoon Lil.

Widden Stud‘s Snitzel filly from Can’t Hackit (by Fasliyev) attracted the second-highest successful bid of the day. BK Racing & Breeding paid $120,000 for the half-sister to Group-placed city winner Spot The Rock.

Four other Arrowfield-sired yearlings ended the day among sale’s top dozen prices. A pair of Starcraft colts, Lots 17 and 157, made $76,000 and $77,500 for Torryburn Stud and Marquee Stud respectively.

Mauro Poletti, who signed for Arrowfield’s 2012 Classic sale-topper (the Hussonet-Monte Rosa colt named Hussenrun and yet to race) purchased Manx Park‘s Manhattan Rain-Starry Way colt for $72,500.

New Zealand trainer Tony Pike was the buyer of Goodwood Farm‘s $70,000 Not A Single Doubt-Cash Crazy filly, a sister to smart city 2YO winner Jackpot Queen.

The Sale began with customary caution, but an active buying bench pushed the average steadily higher throughout the day and it ended on $32,824, around $1000 above last year’s Day 1 figure.

Selling continues tomorrow when Arrowfield will offer 13 yearlings – view the draft here .