A son of Blue Gum Farm stallion War achieved an outstanding pin-hooking result topping the prices at the 2017 Inglis Ready2Race Sale held at Oaklands Junction last week.
His conditioner Brian Jenkins was thrilled when Hong Kong’s David Lui, of Sweetbriar Equine, bought the impressive War x Crevasse colt for $420,000. It is believed this is the second highest priced achieved for a lot at this sale in recent years.
“The colt truly deserves it. He’d been very popular with potential buyers these past few days, his breeze was excellent and his temperament, well, it’s faultless,” Jenkins said.
“He’s a lovely clean colt across the board, and his popularity was there for all to see at the end of the day.”
Bred by Blue Gum Farm, the colt sold for $155,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, the top-priced yearling sold by War.
Blue Gum’s Phillip Campbell was delighted to see War hit the headlines and earn the attention with such an impressive representation of what he can produce as a sire.
“He was an amazingly good-looking colt. I was absolutely wrapped for Brian. He took a punt on the colt, fought off tough competition at the yearling sales, and has been rewarded, so good on him,” Campbell said.
“The mare Crevasse produces good looking foals, that both sell well and go on to race successfully.
“I was saddened and disappointed to hear about the recent death of Crevasse’s talented colt, Hecta (Canford Cliffs), as I know the high opinion Bill and Symon Wilde had of him. He was measuring up to be a very promising colt.”
“War is a very handsome looking stallion, so it was always our hope that if his stock looked like him, they would sell well in the sale ring and when his pedigree comes through in his progeny’s racing ability, we will have a hell of a lot of fun with them.’ Campbell said.
“The colt breezed up very well and sold accordingly, and we are aware of others that are pleasing their trainers. I would love to see this $420,000 colt race here before he heads to Hong Kong, and see what he can do on Australian tracks.”
Lui said the horse would remain in Australia for now before any decision was made whether he would race in Hong Kong.
“We’ll give him some time and assess him and then we’ll decide what to do. We’re not in a rush to push the horse,’’ Lui said.
“War is a new sire, but the yearling price of this colt was $155,000, so I expected to pay a good price. He’s a beautifully-bred colt, very well built, he looks good and walks well and he has a beautiful head. Everything made him a standout of the sale.’ Lui said.
Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, based at Corinella on Westernport Bay, also had a successful sale with a large draft full of quality two-year-olds selling well to both local and international interests.
Across their draft, thirteen racing prospects sold for an average of $76,846 including four lots in the Top 10 of the sale. This included the Your Song x White Diamonds colt selling for $160,000 and a Zoustar x Jessica Rowe colt for $150,000. Lauriston also sold the top filly of the sale with the All Too Hard x Kalamata selling to trainer Mick Kent for $140,000..
Alongside the sale-topping War colt, the Victorian sired youngsters brought some good prices. A stallion Written Tycoon x Awesome Image colt sold for $140,000 while Gippsland Bloodstock sold a colt by first crop sire Kuroshio for $100,000.