Record NZ price for Snitzel colt

Karaka’s perennial leading buyer David Ellis was busy on Day 2 of the new-format Karaka Book 1 Sale, securing nine lots including the top-priced Snitzel yearling sold in New Zealand.

Presented by Haunui Farm, the colt out of Floria was knocked down for $NZ625,000, a figure exceeded by five Snitzel yearlings at this year’s Magic Millions Sale, and $NZ100,000 above the previous record for a Karaka-sold Snitzel, set in 2017.

Floria (by Savabeel) is a multiple Group winner from the marvellous Princess Patine family nurtured over five decades by Richard Moore and his son David. Prospects for the Snitzel/Savabeel cross look bright, given the affinity of Danehill and Sir Tristram in various combinations, and the fact that Snitzel has already sired Group winners Time For War, Lubiton & Perast out of Zabeel mares.

Two Snitzel fillies, out of Irish Group 3 winner Scintillula (by Galileo) and multiple Group 1 winner Shez Sinsational (by Ekraar) were also sold, for $NZ400,000 and $NZ300,000 respectively.

Snitzel, who posted his 21st stakeswinner this season when 2YO Traces scored in South Africa on Saturday, has three lots catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale and eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier. They will be followed by 64 Snitzel yearlings at Inglis Easter in April including eight fillies and two colts consigned by Arrowfield.  

$900,000 for Not A Single Doubt filly

A new record top price for a Not A Single Doubt yearling filly was set at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Sale on Tuesday when the half-sister to Champion 2YO Melody Belle was knocked down for $NZ900,000.

It took only two bids, an opener of $800,000, then a wink at $900,000 for syndicator David Ellis of Te Akau Racing to secure the filly, who was offered by Haunui Farm on behalf of her breeder Marie Leicester. 

The third foal of minor winner Meleka Belle (by Iffraaj), the filly is an outstanding type with size, strength & quality and her extended female family is one of New Zealand’s best, descended from the Foxbridge mare Belle Fox.

David Ellis said, “I’ve been watching this filly’s family for the last 40 years. The moment I saw her at Haunui Farm I thought she was a stunning filly. She came up here to the sale and didn’t turn a hair as she took it all in her stride.”

Marie Leicester’s long experience as an owner and breeder ensured she was not carried away by other people’s pre-sale assessments of the filly’s value.

“After fifty years in this game the one thing I can say is that I’m a realist. I’ve learnt not to get my hopes up as the minute you do they come crashing down pretty quickly. I did have a figure in my mind that I would like to have achieved and this has well and truly exceeded that.

“The Belle family, which was established by my parents back in 1938, has produced so many quality gallopers so I’m keen to see this filly now carry on that tradition.”

The record of other high-priced Not A Single Doubt fillies that have raced is certainly encouraging. The $650,000 filly Pretty Fast and $450,000 filly Qafila are both Listed winners with upside in the Snowden and Hayes & Dabernig stables.

The Meleka Belle filly was the only Not A Single Doubt yearling at Karaka. Buyers can now look forward to his 16 lots at the Inglis Classic Sale (among them two Arrowfield fillies), eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier and 19 at Inglis Easter including two colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Not A Single Doubt is currently 6th on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership with $6.4 million prizemoney and seven stakeswinners, including Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss.

Second Group win for Vavasour

A prolific stakes-producing family, a Group 3-winning mare whose yearlings routinely sell for six figures and a once-in-a-generation champion sire – that’s the recipe which has produced grand New Zealand mare Vavasour.

On Saturday at Avondale the daughter of Redoute’s Choice showed plenty of fight to defeat Farm Boy and add the $100,000 Counties Cup 2100m G3 to the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic G2 she won last season.

Watch Vavasour’s Counties Cup G3 win.

Vavasour is a three-quarter sister to Melbourne Group 2 winner Vilanova, from the Red Ransom mare Valpolicella. Bred by Garry Cranny, Cathy Franich’s Frantic Bloodstock & Haunui Farm, she is raced by Ger Beemsterboer and Chris & Sarah Green of Barneswood Farm who wnet to $425,000 to secure her from Haunui’s 2013 NZ Premier Sale draft.

The mare’s co-trainer Peter Williams said, “She’s getting better all the time. And she’s showing us she could win a big one.”

The Waikato Cup, also a Group 3 race, on 12 December is her likely next target, with either the Auckland Cup or an Australian campaign possible after that.

Vavasour takes her champion sire’s tally of worldwide stakeswinners this season to eight.

Redoute’s Choice has 23 lots catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including 3 fillies and 4 colts in the Arrowfield draft.

Valiant Vavasour wins Sir Tristram Fillies Classic G2

Vavasour was a standout filly in Haunui Farm’s 2013 New Zealand Premier Sale draft and on Saturday she stood up to be counted in the $100,000 Waikato RC Sir Tristram Fillies Classic 2000m G2.

The strapping daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Group 3 winner Our Valpolicella (by Red Ransom) came into the race with two wins and three placings, including a fighting last-start second to Saavoya in the ARC Royal S. G2 on New Year’s Day.

Vavasour jumped smartly from the gates and jockey Leith Innes was happy to let her roll forward and take up the lead. The filly settled beautifully, came under heavy pressure at the top of the straight and showed abundant courage to hold, then extend her advantage to three-quarters of a length.  Saavoya, raced by a group of Dundeel’s owners, was a solid second, while Charmont finished third.

Vavasour’s winning time of 2:02.64 underlined the class of her performance, and the New Zealand Derby or Oaks, and possibly the Australian Oaks, now beckon. She is now on the leaderboard for the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series with 12 points, behind Saavoya (20 points) and Platinum Witness (18 points).

Dawn Williams, who trains Vavasour at Byerley Park, Karaka with her husband Peter, says, “She’s quite gutsy and a big, strong filly and that told in the end.

Rider Leith Innes hadn’t been given firm instructions to make the play out in front but the filly’s trainers weren’t worried by the tactics.

“If she’s comfortable leading that’s fine, at least she’s out of trouble. She dug deep and it was a very good effort.”

Bred by Garry Cranny, Cathy Franich’s Frantic Bloodstock & Haunui Farm, Vavasour was a $425,000 purchase for owners Chris & Sarah Green and Ger Beemsterboer.

Our Valpolicella, also the dam of Group 2 Melbourne winner Vilanova, is from the distinguished Haunui family of Group winners Ascending, Dopff, Currigee, Pussy Willow, Rizon, Ready To Lift & Sir Clive.

Vavasour is stakeswinner 122 for Redoute’s Choice, and the fifth Group winner to emerge so far from his 2011 crop, after Group 1 winners Hampton Court & Majmu and Arrowfield’s Group 3-winning colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick.

Three hours after Vavasour’s win, Arrowfield’s 3YO colt Scissor Kick completed a valuable trans-Tasman Group race double for Redoute’s Choice by taking out the ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3, his third black type success.

Redoute’s Choice has notched up 11 stakeswinners this season, with three of them, Burnstone, Scissor Kick & Vavasour, scoring in the past fortnight. He has six yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, among them two colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.