New Zealand based pin-hooker Bruce Harvey has taken a shine to Equiano and he bought another foal by the Swettenham Stud shuttler at the Inglis Weanling Sale on Sunday.
Harvey operates Ascot Farm at Cambridge with his wife Maureen and he paid $70,000 for an Equiano colt from The Gem (Scenic).Â That price ensured he featured on the Top 10 leader-board at Newmarket.
The Gem was a stakes placed winner of four races in Melbourne and Adelaide and is a sister to Flemington Group 2 winner Market Force.
Harvey got in on the ground floor with Equiano after pin-hooking his filly out of Plus Jamais for $28,000 at last year’s Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale.Â He returned for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale earlier this year and cashed her in for $160,000.Â The filly will stay in Victoria to be trained by Jason Warren at Caulfield.
Equiano (Fr) sired his first winner when Moving Melody saluted at Newcastle (UK) on Tuesday.Â His fee will remain at $15,000 (plus gst) in 2014.
Swettenham Stud stallion Master of Design will also have a foal crossing the Tasman after his first crop colt sold for $52,000 to a Kiwi buyer on Sunday.
The record-breaking son of Redoute’s Choice sired the NZ bound colt from Sparkling Symphony.Â The Stravinsky mare is a half-sister to Hong Kong Group 1 hero Packing Winner.
Sparkling Symphony’s yearling filly by Swettenham sire Host was second on the Day 1 leader-board at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale last week.Â She made $75,000 to the bid of Seymour couple Barrie and Midge Griffiths.