Erinvale’s John Kenneally celebrated over the weekend following the win of the farm’s sales graduate, 3YO Age Of Fire (Fastnet Rock) in the Group 1 Levin Classic at Trentham.

Offered for sale by Erinvale Thoroughbreds’ through its 2016 draft at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, he was purchased by David Ellis of Te Akau Racing for $400,000.

Always holding the colt in high regard, Ellis believed that Age of Fire was top class, an opinion that was vindicated with the win. With more maturity to come, there is still huge scope for improvement.

Age of Fire as a Erinvale yearling at Easter

The three-year-old produced an impressive late charge and having already placed at the highest level, when second in the Group 1 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas, his dominant victory showed he is a star of the future.

Erinvale’s John Kenneally knew from the moment he saw Age Of Fire he was a star in the making.

“He was as good as any horse I’ve ever sold,’’ Kenneally said.

“He was a magnificent-looking animal, not too heavy, very athletic with a big walk and he’s a Fastnet, so he was always going to be popular.’’

Co-trainer Jamie Richards said further big time success was on the cards for the Erinvale sales graduate.

“My gut feeling is that we’ll go to the Herbie Dyke Stakes to give him another chance at a Group One,” referring to the weight-for-age feature at Te Rapa on February 10. Age Of Fire now shares favouritism for the Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m).

Age of Fire has the overall record of three wins and three placings from six starts with this victory his first in a black-type race.

He is the best of three winners from Dragon’s Tail, an unraced daughter of champion sire Galileo from the European family of Champion Miler Fly to the Stars.

Erinvale will be offering eight horses at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale starting on March 4th at the Oaklands Sales Complex. Their full draft can be viewed online here.

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