It was only telling that Gai Waterhouse would buy the first ever Fiorente yearling through public auction.
And it happened at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sales complex where Gai has had great success both in the ring and across the road on the racetrack.
Gai, who has trained four out of the last eighteen two-year-old Gold Coast Magic Millions Classic winners, was very buoyant and upbeat after securing the cracking Fiorente x Fulminate colt (Lot 36) for $100,000.
“I am absolutely delighted to have secured the very first Fiorente colt sold at auction,” Waterhouse said.
“Fiorente was a wonderful racehorse and this fellow is a spitting image of his father.”
The other Fiorente yearling in book 1 sale, out of the Irish mare Mist, sold to Hawkes Racing & NSW’s Eric Koundouris for a strong $140,000.
Sun Stud Sales and Nominations Manager Philip Marshall was delighted with the results and even more delighted with who bought the Fiorente yearlings.
“We sent two Fiorente yearlings to Magics to showcase the stallion, the gorgeous colt sold to Gai and Adrian and the lovely athletic filly sold to Team Hawkes,” Marshall said.
“The Fulminate yearling, which was the first to go through the ring, hit his mark at $100,000 today, and it was only fitting that the first lady of racing Gai Waterhouse and her training partner Adrian Bott secured the colt.
“We we really impressed with the inspection numbers for the stallion’s progeny and all bodes well for his future at stud.”
Under the care of Gai Waterhouse, Fiorente was a dominant winner of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup & Group 2 Feehan Stakes in 2013, as well as a courageous third in the prestigious Cox Plate that year.
To prove 2013 wasn’t a fluke, in March 2014 Fiorente powered home to win the Group 1 Australian Cup.
Fiorente had versatility on the racetrack; he had the speed and the stamina, both traits that should be prominent in Fiorente progeny.
Fiorente covered 185 mares in his first season at stud in 2014 and more than 300 mares in his first two seasons.
Fiorente sold seven weanlings in 2016 averaging nearly $50,000, highlighting the strength of type Fiorente produces.
There are 19 Fiorente yearlings catalogued to sell at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction starting in late Feburary.
Fiorente is a 16.1HH brown stallion by champion stallion Monsun, the sire of three Melbourne Cup winners in Fiorente. Protectionist and the most recent winner Almandin.