Lot 445 Street Cry (IRE) - Tugela (USA)
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INGLIS EASTER YEARLING SALE
10 - 12 April 2012
While not reaching the heights of Wednesday’s session of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Thursday’s third and final round of bidding provided a few fireworks of its own, led by a A$1.2-million final bid for Lot 445, a Street Cry (Ire) half-brother to Horse of the Year and three-time G1 Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva (GB) (Desert King). The action quickly reached the seven-figure mark before topping out with a winning salvo from trainer Peter Moody, one of Australia’s top trainers responsible for the racetrack exploits of the nation’s superstar Black Caviar (Aus) (Bel Esprit).
“He’s a real trainer’s horse, and doesn’t look like a show pony,” said Moody shortly after the purchase. “He’s not Makybe’s brother now, he’s a racehorse, so I hope we can make him one.” The colt was consigned by Makybe, the same operation that sold a Redoute’s Choice (Aus) half-sister to Black Caviar for A$2.6 million the previous day.
In addition to the A$14.5-million earner, the 17-year old Tugela (Riverman) has produced two additional group winners - Musket (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice) and Valkyrie Diva (Aus) (Jade Robbery).
“I’ve seen all of that mare’s foals, except Makybe Diva as a foal, and she was the nicest foal she had thrown,” admitted Moody. “I really liked the colt, so I was very attracted to him.” The colt’s sire, Darley’s Street Cry, has been responsible for several champions in the U.S., including G1 Kentucky Derby hero and champion sophomore Street Sense and Horse of the YearZenyatta, but he has also earned distinction down under, siring the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking (Aus). “Street Cry has done a tremendous job here,” said Moody. “I haven’t had much experience with him, but I was very taken with him as an individual and obviously, mom is a damn good producer.”
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