Smart Missile 2YOs in demand at Karaka

Such was the demand for Smart Missile’s progeny at this week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale that he shaded his illustrious barn-mate Snitzel on the sire averages.

Three 2YOs by Smart Missile averaged $NZ266,667 – almost $NZ40,000 more than Snitzel’s four lots – and two of them sold for $NZ350,000.

Lot 80, out of city winner Cyclone Stacey (by Encosta de Lago), attracted brisk bidding before being knocked down to agent George Moore, buying for the champion Hong Kong stable of his father John.  The gelding, an outstanding type from the highly successful Princess Tracy family, breezed up in 10.78 and was offered by Mark & Shelley Treweek’s Lyndhurst Farm.

Moore said, “Dad has a quality Smart Missile in the stable named Rocketeer who we think could be a Hong Kong Derby candidate so when this horse breezed up so well he was definitely on our radar.”

Mark Treweek credited the sale to the gelding’s progress through the year and his sire’s recent success. “The Smart Missiles have been performing well of late, especially in Hong Kong which is where he’s going.”

Rocketeer is one of four winners from Smart Missile’s first seven runners in Hong Kong. 

On the second day of the Sale, Diamond Lodge offered Lot 305, the Smart Missile colt from Queen of Troy (by Storm Cat), with a breeze-up time of 11.18. He was one of four purchases by Tauranga couple Lou & Val Te Keeti and Matamata trainer Graham Richardson, so will remain in New Zealand.

Richardson said, “He really is a super type and just fits the bill in so many ways.

“He’s a lovely mover with a great attitude. Once the bidding got going I knew we were in for a fight, but Lou was determined we’d be taking him home.”

The two Smart  was among the ten top-priced lots of the two-day auction which set fresh Australasian 2YO sale records across the board, completing transactions worth more than $NZ31 million at an average price of $NZ107,638.

The third Smart Missile entry was Lot 400, a gelding out of the Zeditave mare Tiffinco who breezed up in 10.80, was bought for $NZ100,000 by leading Singapore trainer Stephen Gray from the Kilgravin Lodge consignment. 

Other notable sales for Arrowfield stallions were the $NZ300,000 Snitzel-Passiflora colt, bought by Busuttin Racing, the $NZ200,000 Not A Single Doubt-Je T’Aime colt, purchased by Victoria Peak Bloodstock and the $NZ100,000 Animal Kingdom-Only Roses colt sold to Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker.

John Street’s Lincoln Farms Bloodstock paid $NZ200,000 for the stylish Dundeel-Causeway Queen colt, presented by JK Farm for Nearco Stud.

The colt will be trained by Lisa Latta who already has an eye on his 3YO career. “He’s a really nice horse, a good walker and a lot like his Dad. He’ll go to the paddock now for a month and hopefully he’ll trial in the Autumn.”   

Smart Missile, currently second on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ list with $1.4 million prizemoney, has 22 yearlings catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. They include two colts, one of them a half-brother to Group 1 winner Secret Agenda, and three fillies in the Arrowfield draft. 

Dundeel weanling makes $130,000

A weanling colt by Dundeel was knocked down for $130,000 to noted pin-hookers Mark & Shelley Treweek of Lyndhurst Farm in the Platinum Weanling Session of the Inglis Great Southern Sale held in Melbourne earlier this week. 

Offered by his breeder Two Bays Farm, the colt is the second foal of the Fastnet Rock mare Whitesails, a winner of six races from the family of Group 2 winner Mount Olympus and Singapore stakeswinner Light Of Success.

Dundeel’s first nine weanlings sold at the Magic Millions National (where the six-time Group 1 winner was Leading First Season Sire), Inglis Australian & Great Southern Sales have averaged almost $122,000. That’s a healthy return on his $27,500 inc. GST fee which is unchanged for 2016.

The six colts among them have all made six figures, up to his top price of $240,000, paid by Musk Creek Farm for Riversdale’s Cerberus Gal colt at Magic Millions.

Across-the-board demand for fillies has been softer this year, which opens up good opportunities for buyers with an eye on Australia’s excellent racing programs for fillies & mares and the buoyant broodmare market. Dundeel’s top-priced $90,000 filly out of Valda Merceda, a relative of Group 1 performers Bawalaksana, Damaschino and Shaaheq, was sold by Holbrook Thoroughbreds to Inglis as agent at the Australian Weanling Sale.   

Smart Missile tops Ready to Run Sale

Arrowfield’s first season sire Smart Missile headed the stallion averages at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale which concluded at Karaka on Thursday.

All four of the Smart Missile 2YOs offered were sold, with a top price of $275,000 paid by Dennis Yip for Lyndhurst Farm’s colt from Dashie Diva (by Dash For Cash). That’s $75,000 more than Mark & Shelley Treweek paid for him at February’s Inglis Classic Sale, where he was offered by Andrew & George Ferguson’s Bell River Thoroughbreds. 

The colts out of Venetian Lady & Zabelka both fetched $260,000, bought respectively by Hong Kong trainers Manfred Man and Ricky Yiu.

The Hula Here gelding, sold for $200,000 by Anzac Lodge to New Zealand Bloodstock as agent for a Malaysian client, completed the quartet which averaged $248,750 – 2.7 times the record average achieved by the Sale.

The strong demand for Smart Missile’s first crop 2YOs follows his first stakeswinner, the unbeaten filly Sassy ‘N’ Smart, successful for Te Akau Racing in last Saturday’s CJC Welcome S. LR at Riccarton in Christchurch.

Smart Missile has also had two impressive trial winners in Australia, Triple Crown Syndications’ colt Jericho (ex Advance to Go by Red Ransom) in Sydney, and the Prime Thoroughbreds’ filly Strike for Victory (ex Reve De Victoire by Anabaa) in Tasmania.

Smart Missile has 32 yearlings catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, ten of them to be offered by Arrowfield.

Animal Kingdom weanling sells for $200,000

Animal Kingdom posted the equal highest price for a filly at the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale when the daughter of dual stakeswinner Johan’s Toy was sold for $200,000.

The buyers were experienced pinhookers Mark & Shelley Treweek of New Zealand’s Lyndhurst Farm and their final bid was only $30,000 short of the Weanling Sale’s top price.

Offered by Goodwood Farm, the filly is a half-sister to multiple Group winner Toydini, from a stakes-winning half-sister to Extra Zero & Operetta Lass, both also Group winners.

Goodwood Farm also sold Johan’s Toy, in foal to Dundeel. She was purchased for $280,000 by Alan Bell.

Animal Kingdom, winner of the Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby, will serve his third Australian book of mares at Arrowfield this Spring.