It didn’t take long for the action in the Karaka auction ring to match the heated temperatures outside on day six of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale.
The second youngster offered on the day had barely completed his third lap of the auditorium when a bidding war erupted that was finally settled in favour of young bloodstock agent Robin Tai. He outlaid $190,000 under his RT Racing brand for Lot 902, the Jimmy Choux colt from handy sprinting mare Seven Schillings, who was consigned by Trelawney Stud.
Just minutes later the buying bench was engaged in another decent skirmish as Lot 903, the Bullbars colt from Lonhro mare Shalaka went under the hammer.
Consigned by Highview Stud the colt was knocked down to the $130,000 bid of bloodstock agent Michael Stedman who was acting on behalf of Hong Kong trainer, Caspar Fownes.
Tai was delighted to secure the Jimmy Choux colt after missing out on several individuals he had earmarked earlier in the sale.
“He is a very strong colt with a good temperament,” Tai said.
“We were underbidder three times earlier, so we are very pleased to get him as it has been a strong sale for the ones we liked.
“He will stay here and we will see how he goes once he has been broken in.”
The colt’s dam, Seven Schillings won at Group Three level while she was also placed second in the Gr.1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) as a two-year-old. She is the dam of progressive three-year-old filly, Emily Margaret who has won at Listed level this season.
Highview Stud principal Brent Gillovic was sporting a wide grin after watching his Bullbars colt, a half-brother to useful Sydney performer New Universe, match his pre-sale expectations for the handsome youngster.
“I don’t know how many times he had been out of his box (for inspection), he was just constantly out,” he said.
“Word got around and people kept coming to look at him. I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had made more, to be honest.
“He had sixteen x-ray hits, which is more than I have ever had at any sale and he was vetted lots of times.
“This is a very tough sale as they are picking the eyes out of them, so it was good to get him away.”
Gillovic was delighted with the home the colt will find as he looks forward to the rest of the sale.
“We have had a bit of luck selling to Michael and Caspar, which is good,” he said. “This one was the best of my draft, but we still have some lovely types to come.
“I have a couple of nice Mongolian Khan’s to come plus a cracking Bullbars filly.
“The Mongolian Khan’s have sold well so we are hopeful of a good result.”
Windsor Park freshman stallion Mongolian Khan has created plenty of buzz around the Sales complex with his Book 1 draft averaging more than $107,000 in his first year of selling at Karaka. – NZ Racing Desk