Hillside Thoroughbreds could have sold flying filly Areti twice as a foal and a yearling but their better judgement prevailed and now she’s one of the chances in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes on Saturday.
Areti (2f Street Sense – Ajamais by Gold Away) looked a readymade racehorse when she won on debut at Moonee Valley on February 5 and a Blue Diamond result will boost the value of her half-sister at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
The Americain – Ajamais filly (Lot 441) will be sold from the Hillside draft on Tuesday – catagloue page here.
Hillside owner Peter Arvanitis bought into the family when his bloodstock manager Peter Ford purchased French bred mare Ajamais for 12,000 euros at the Arqana Bloodstock Sale in December 2011.
“She was part of a reduction by the Wertheimer brothers and was a bargain,” Ford recalled. “The flight back to Australia cost more.”
The mare’s value kept increasing last year when Solow came out and won five Group 1 races in Dubai, France and England. He is from a half-sister to Ajamais and was voted 2015 Champion Older Horse in Europe.
“Areti was entered for the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale but there’s wasn’t much interest and we decided to bring her back home,” Ford said.
“Then we nominated for last year’s VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale before having seconds thoughts. She was being pitched at the wrong market and we told Peter Heagney it was probably in everyone’s best interests to have her withdrawn.”
The filly showed ability from the outset and Peter named her after his wife Areti.
“We knew she had talent,” trainer Robbie Griffiths said. “We couldn’t waste her good name on a slow one.”
The Hillside couple are mad keen St Kilda supporters and Areti will carry the team’s black, white and red colours in the Blue Diamond.