Buyers do battle for War Chant’s progeny at Perth Magic Millionssale
There was a breath of fresh air at the Perth Magic Millions yearling sale at the Belmont Park complex on Tuesday – a 17-year-old stallion from the US, War Chant, a son of Danehill’s sire Danzig.
War Chant was shuttled to Australia for the first time in 2011 for two of the state’s leading farms – Yarradale Stud and Geisel Park – which shared costs to bolster their breeding interests, and their gamble was rewarded big time.The farms put a $17,600 service fee on War Chant and breeders warmed to his credentials.
They were sporting big smiles after the book-one session when 20 of his yearlings averaged $97,000 to give them a handsome return.War Chant, which won five of his seven US starts, including the group1 Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2000, had four of the top six yearlings to go under the hammer, one for $250,000 (the sales-topper), two for $200,000 and one for $170,000.
War Chant stands at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky and has returned there for this season where his service fee is $US10,000 ($11,168). He has sired 30 stakes winners – 21 having won on turf.
The top-priced lot was bought by Ron Sayers, who owns Yarradale Stud. He went to $250,000 for a filly from Most Secret, a wonderful matron whose seven foals to race are all winners and last year her Lonhro filly topped the WA sale at $260,000.The other War Chant yearling buyers paying big dollars were Singaporean Thomas Loke, NSW agent David Raphael and Queensland consultant Craig Rounsefell for his Boomer Bloodstock.
Raphael’s presence at Belmont Park one was an interesting one; the former Hong Kong race broadcaster bought Blue Diamond favourite Rubick as a yearling for several of his clients a year ago.
Raphael signed for a total of four youngsters. Apart from his War Chant buy, he paid $45,000 for a Congrats colt; $57,500 for a Musket filly and $45,000 for a colt by Lope De Vega.
The biggest spender on Tuesday was Perth trainer Dion Luciani (11 lots for $667,500) followed by Julie Love (16 lots for $572,500), South Africa’s World Wide Bloodstock (12 lots for $525,000) and Neville Parnham, nine lots for $474,000.Book one’s statistics were most impressive after 157 lots sold for $9,144,000, which realised a heartening $58,242 average, thanks in part to War Chant.TRAGIC END TO CAREER
The 2010 Epsom Handicap winner, Captain Sonador, had to be put down after a freak paddock accident at Raheen Stud in Queensland at the weekend. The son of Shamardal covered more than 300 mares in his three years at Raheen and his first progeny sold at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast in January where seven yearlings averaged $46,500; the top-priced lot fetching $75,000. Captain Sonador was being taken out for afternoon exercise when he reared and landed awkwardly, snapping his back leg, a rarely heard of disaster.WINS BOLSTER ARROWFIELD’S SELLING POWER
Arrowfield Stud had two excellent winning performances in Sydney this week leading into the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales at Newmarket from April 8, which will only add considerably to the value of two colts up for grabs.
The more important win was by the speedster Snitzerland (Snitzel-Monte Rosa) in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington last Saturday, as Arrowfield is offering a full-brother to the Gerald Ryan-trained mare as Lot 118. At Warwick Farm on Wednesday, the $1m yearling Wandjina (Snitzel-La Bamba) won, and Arrowfield has a Flying Spur half-brother to sell as Lot 76.STAR’S SISTER FINDS TROUBLE ON DEBUT
Samantha Nicole, the little sister to 2009 US Horse Of The Year Rachel Alexandra, made her debut at the Fair Grounds track in the US last weekend, going to the post a $1.50 favourite, but beaten into second place in a pretty torrid race.
The filly came from last in a five-horse field after hitting her head on the outside stall door, and then suffering interference midway through the race. She was beaten by 6.5 lengths. Meanwhile, Rachel Alexandra will not be covered in this year’s US breeding season due to suffering a bacterial disease after foaling a Bernardini filly last year.INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP
■ Australian Paul Makin’s Chiquita, the English Oaks-winning filly which sold for €6million ($9.21million) at the Goffs November sales in Ireland last year, has gone into training with Aidan O’Brien. The Montjeu filly was sold to bloodstock agents Peter and Ross Doyle on behalf of the Coolmore conglomerate, for whom O’Brien trains privately.
■ Good news for the British and Irish foal crops after numbers of foals born last year increased. The British foal crop was 4420, up from 4366 in 2012, while Irish breeders accounted for 7757 foals born, compared with 7546 in 2012.
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