Supreme Thoroughbreds graduate Ten Gun Salute was flying the Aussie flag on the world stage last week, claiming a Group 2 victory at Greyville in South Africa.
Already a stakes-winner, the Duncan Howells trained son of Henrythenavigator (USA) took the 1900 metre feature by a length and a half.
Bred in Victoria by Aquanita chairman Peter Howell, Ten Gun Salute was a bargain purchase for $10,000 from the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale.
Secured by Heritage Bloodstock from the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft (seen in pic below), he caught the eye of good judge and the Inglis agent in South Africa, Paul Guy.
Supreme’s Brent Grayling and long client Peter Howell have partnered many horses through the ring.
“Peter sends us a few each year to take through the sales, and with Ten Gun Salute we just decided to go halves. He was a nice type, just a bit immature and needed some time,” Grayling said.
“It was great for Paul (Guy), as I remember giving him a hard time as being our best under bidder, but he certainly got it right with this one.”
Ten Gun Salute was then offered at the Lanzerac Ready To Run Sale in South Africa in October 2014, where his value increased to R1.15 million (AU$104,585), topping the final session of the sale for Allan Bloodlines on behalf of owners Hein and Hester Kuhn.
The four year old is from the Bluebird mare, Ladyblue Blue who won stakes races at Morphettville and Moonee Valley and she was also Group 1 placed in the 1995 South Australian Oaks.
Ten Gun Salute has now won four of 16 starts including a Group 3 win in the Michael Roberts Handicap over 1800 metres at Grayville.
Ten Gun Salute is a half-brother to ten winners including the Group 3 SAJC Fillies Classic winner Red Typhoon (Hold That Tiger) and the stakes-placed Bella Princess (Flying Spur).