Lot 552 The Italian Job (AUS) (Street Sense (USA) - Albanella (GER))
(Photo : Leigh Willson)
“YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO SYDNEY…”
The Sydney Easter Sales got underway yesterday, and there was measured optimism among vendors, with reports of record viewing numbers among potential customers. These are good signs for the global thoroughbred industry, and some long overdue recognition of the merit of Southern Hemisphere breeding enterprises.
Top price was $1million for a Redoute’s Choice filly, while the $249,000 (R1,743,000) average (12,8% up on 2010) and the $200,000 median (25% up) breathed encouragement that at last, things Down Under, are now On Top. At these numbers though, you’d be happy to remain a South African shopper!
We wrote earlier in the week of the outstanding Darley-bred son of Elusive Quality, who is part of our draft for the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale in Johannesburg, and his physical similarity to the rage of Australian racing right now, Sepoy. That colt’s not alone in our draft though, among horses sired by international icons of the stallion world.
One is an exceptional daughter of the American Champion sire of the past two seasons, Giant’s Causeway, the horse they used to call the “Iron Horse”, and whose achievements at stud are matched only by the fanfare that greeted him when he arrived at Coolmore for his initial stud season. His runners have been applauded across the world, and it’s some compliment to the draft that such a beautifully bred animal should be loading this morning for Block “A” at the TBA’s sales complex. The Champion sire of America, did we say? Yes sir, the Champion sire.
The best racing son of the only stallion to have earned sires’ championships in both hemispheres, Danehill, is undoubtedly Rock Of Gibraltar, and he’s been just about as successful a stallion, as he was a racehorse. In this country alone, he’s been represented by the standouts Seventh Rock (now a stallion at Klawervlei,) Gibraltar Blue and Perana, while he already has several other sons at stud in Mike de Kock’s international Group One winner, Eagle Mountain, and the pride of the Jacobs family’s Newsells Park, Mount Nelson. We go to Joburg with two beautifully bred, high class specimens by the “The Rock”, one colt and one filly.
Finally, though you might’ve thought those enough to close off a complement of this sort, we have something unique this year. There is only one racehorse in history to have completed the Breeders Cup Juvenile (Gr.1) and Kentucky Derby (Gr.1) double, the most prestigious two and three year old races respectively on the continent of America. His name is Street Sense, son of one of the world’s top stallions, Street Cry. My goodness, did he win those two races, and by the proverbial “street”. His first crop are yearlings now, and we have a colt so close in resemblance to his father, it’s uncanny. He’s a big, athletic individual with a grand walk on him and importantly, like Sepoy and the Elusive Quality colt, he carries the “D” for Darley tattoo on his left forearm.
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