Above: Lot 436 Teofilo (IRE) x Hot Augusta (NZ) (Colt)

Despite all of the withdrawals from their draft, Chatswood Stud’s Nic Willis is confident the best horse still remains among the three that they’ll sell at the Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale.

Willis said the Teofilo (IRE) colt, out of Zabeel mare Hot Augusta (NZ), would have to be a standout at the sale.

“It is just a real shame that we can’t get that many people to see him as you would have liked for a live sale,” Willis said.

“He is beautifully bred and just a very nice classy animal and a really nice walk, a loose action.

“Anyone wanting a stayer, he would be it and he would have to the highlight of the sale and definitely one of the best stayers in the sale.”

Teofilo’s have been highly sought after at sales and Willis points out that in Australia and New Zealand, 14 have sold this season for an average of $199,000.

He said the owner of the colt specifically wanted the horse in this sale because he believed he would standout more but unfortunately the decision was made before the sale was moved to a digital format.

Willis said the price would suffer but they would be realistic and attempt to sell him.

“Someone should get a bargain, I think,” he said.

Willis said that after selling a yearling by Rakti, out of Citrium, at the 2013 Gold sale, for just $4000, they feel they have to always support this sale. The yearling – Polanski – was purchased by former Cranbourne trainer at the Gold sale’s equivalent in 2012. Polanski went onto win the 2013 Group 1 Victoria Derby and more than $1 million in prize money.

Willis said another yearling they sold for $8000 at the 2016 Gold Yearling Sale – That’s Justified (Reward For Effort/Explobo) – won again at Alice Springs on Wednesday. The gelding has done all its racing in the Northern Territory and won 11 races (all at Pioneer Park, Alice Springs) and $218,999 in prize money.

Willis said Lindsay Park representatives and a few others had inspected the yearlings last week, including one by Chatswood Stud’s resident stallion Reward For Effort.

Out of Empress Milly, Willis said the colt hadn’t been disadvantaged by having the sale delayed.

“He has really filled out and has improved the best out of them and he is a really nice, strong looking type that probably has a chance to run early,” Willis said.

“He was bred here and has always been a very classy looking horse but was a little bit small as a younger yearling and thankfully there are no size problems now.”

Willis said the colt had his sire’s big rear end and looks a powerful type.

The dam, Empress Milly is in foal to Chatswood Stud’s other stallion, Inference.

“She has only one named horse (Trafalgar), a Sebring that looked like it was ready to win before the Singapore races got called off,” Willis said.

“It won a trial on the second of July and hopefully he will improve the pedigree even more.”

Chatswood Stud is also offering a Zebedee (GB) colt of Exalted Blonde.

Willis said the grey colt had grown into a good type with nice bone on him and was well mannered and enjoyed his work each morning when he was being lunged.

“He is a nice big strong school boy bully type of horse,” Willis said.

He said the dam, which is by Face Value, won three races in South Australia and had produced four runners for three winners.

“The family is well known in South Australia with all of those Exalted horses,” Willis said.

“The client purchased the colt has a weanling.”

Willis said Reward For Effort continues as one of Victoria’s most sought after stallions.

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