Beneteau colt sells for $340,000

Beneteau’s 135 live foals are not wasting a minute of the short time their sire has to make an impact on Australian racing and sales.

On the opening day of the Magic Millions Perth Sale, the Beneteau colt from Zaldivar (by Honour And Glory) was knocked down to leading trainer Neville Parnham for $340,000 – the highest price paid at the Sale since 2007.

It sets a fresh record for a yearling by Beneteau, whose previous top price was $220,000, for the Sassy Peg colt bought last month from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions Gold Coast draft by Blue Sky Bloodstock.

The colt, offered by Yarradale Stud, is a three-quarter brother to South African Group 2 winner Honorine from the distinguished Aga Khan family of European Group 1 winners Darsi, Darjina and Daryaba.

Yarradale Stud also presented the only other Beneteau yearling in Perth, the filly from Hasty Bird. A $4,000 weanling purchase, she made $50,000 this time round and was bought by Boomer Bloodstock, Queensland.

The year’s top price of $170,000 paid for a Beneteau filly is shared by  the daughter bought by Liam Birchley from the Riversdale consignment at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and the North Sea filly sold by Arrowfield to Paul Perry at the Inglius Classic Sale.

Four of Beneteau’s five winners to date have succeeded in city company and include the stakeswinners Prompt Return (VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3) and Arrowfield graduate Lady Jivago (ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR).

Beneteau holds a clear lead on the Australian First Season Sires’ list with earnings of $557,230, and has just one lot, a colt out of Free Friday, catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He will be consigned by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Beneteau, who stood at a $10,000 fee for two seasons before his January 2013 death, Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel are the only three sons of champion sire Redoute’s Choice that Arrowfield Stud has so far chosen to stand. It’s a slot on the Stud’s roster that seems likely to attract plenty of breeder support next time it’s filled.

Quick start by Not A Single Doubt's juveniles

Last season’s leading Australian sire of 2YO winners Not A Single Doubt has been characteristically quick out of the gates again in 2014/15 with two early juvenile winners in Adelaide and Perth, both of them Magic Millions graduates.

The Neville Parnham-trained colt Fremond claimed the season’s first 2YO race in Perth on Saturday with a brilliant off-the-canvas effort  after jumping slowly from barrier five in the 1000-metre dash.

Parnham bought Fremond for $55,000 from the Magic Millions Perth consignment of breeder Mogumber Park, the relatively new farm owned by Colin Brown & Fiona Lacey at Bullsbrook north of Perth. The colt has already earned more than his purchase price, thanks to the WestSpeed bonus of $27,500 on top of his $38,400 winner’s prizemoney.

Fremond is the fourth winner left by Fiddly (by Red Ransom), from the immediate family of Group 2-winning fillies Piper Star, Melora & Shinakima.

At Morphettville on 4 October Prime Thoroughbreds’ filly Atalanta Miss (ex Our Greta by Rory’s Jester) finished over the top of her opposition after jumping from the outside barrier over 1000 metres. Described on the website of her trainer Patrick Payne as “not big but has strength and an excellent temperament”, Atalanta Miss will have her next start in the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat on 2 November.

Bred by Brenton & Elizabeth Parker, Atalanta Miss was consigned by Mill Park Stud at the Magic Millions Adelaide Sale where she was purchased for $55,000 by Prime Thoroughbreds’ Joe O’Neill.

A grand-daughter of New Zealand Group 1 winner Silky Oak, Atalanta Miss is a full sister to multiple Hong Kong winner Victorius, the pair being in-bred 3 x 2 to Rory’s Jester. The filly’s debut win earned prizemoney of $22,000 plus a $4000 SABOIS bonus.

Prime Thoroughbreds’ four winners this month also include Hijack Hussy (Hussonet-Joy Ride by Redoute’s Choice), a $62,000 buy from Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.  The Tony Gollan-trained filly scored over 1400 metres in smart time at the Gold Coast on 4 October and is being aimed at the VRC Desirable S. LR on Melbourne Cup day.