NZ HARNESS NEWS,
February 14, 2018
FULL BROTHER TO CHICAGO BULL TOPS SALE
Winton’s John and Katrina Price have dabbled in the yearling sales over the years but they never dreamed they would be selling the top priced lot and shaking hands with Emilio Rosati.
But that is what happened at the Premier Sale in Christchurch on Wednesday when the Prices sold a brother to WA star Chicago Bull for $190,000.
As he had done on Tuesday with the top priced lot at the trotting sale – a $160,000 Love You colt – Rosati did the bidding by phone with the auctioneers rather than disclosing his interest for fear of being ‘run up’.
The Sydney businessman has made a habit of buying top priced lots at yearling sales around Australasia over the past decade or so.
Rosati said the Bettor’s Delight-Chicago Blues colt Chicago Cub was likely to remain in New Zealand although he was yet to sort out a trainer.
“I’ll have to consult the boss (wife Mary) about that first,” said Rosati.
John Price said the best price they’d had for a yearling before was $45,000 for the Christian Cullen colt Nureyev, the first foal they bred from Idancedallnight.
That mare was lost a few years later but the Prices are now also breeding from their good racemare Democrat Party, who won over $250,000 racing out of Barry Purdon’s stable.
That well-bred mare has had her first foal this season in a filly by Bettor’s Delight.
Price bought Chicago Blues, a daughter of Christian Cullen from the Black Watch family, from the 2008 Premier Sale after she had been passed in by Aidan Johnstone.
“She had a lot of speed and was just beaten by Millwood Meg in a two-year-old race at Gore.
“We won three races with her and then sent her to Cran Dalgety but she kept having tie up problems.”
Not far away in the family of the brilliant Pacific Flight is Timeless Perfection, whose Bettor’s Delight filly sold for $90,000 at Karaka on Monday.
Chicago Bull was the first foal from Chicago Blues and the Prices trained him to win twice as a two-year-old.
“He started in the Harness Jewels won by Lazarus and then we sold him to the Gary Hall stable.”
Chicago Bull has so far won 26 races in Australia and over $1.4m, winning a WA Derby and WA Pacing Cup, and recently chased Lazarus home in the Inter Dominion Final in Perth.
The Prices have also bred a three-year-old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven from Chicago Blues called Rockabilly Blues, “but she is 17 hands and is going to take some time”.
Chicago Blues had a dead colt foal by Bettor’s Delight this season and missed getting back in foal.
“Chicago Bull was just a pony and not worth bringing here at the time.
“But Chicago Cub is the best foal on type from the mare so far and looks like being a two-year-old.
“We were confident he would sell well and the reserve was $80,000.
“We’ve offered the odd yearling at the sales over the years if we think they’re good enough, but we put good reserves on them and are happy to take them home again because we train them ourselves.”
With Rosati undecided about where Chicago Cub was heading after the sale, Price offered to take him home as well and “take good care of him”.
But that idea probably wasn’t getting past ‘the boss’.
Standout colt tops first trotters sale
They were never going to sell it any other way, but there could be some fair truth in Tuesday’s first ever all trotters’ sale at the Premier Yearling Sales being labelled a ‘‘resounding success’’.
That was the call from PGG Wrightson’s standardbred division representative, Peter Lagan, who was positively beaming at the completion of the 40-odd lots offered up in the Riding For the Disabled Arena at the Christchurch Showgrounds.
“I don’t think I can call it anything else,” he said.
“The feedback throughout the day and the encouraging comments in the immediate aftermath of the sale on how it went as a whole has been fantastic.
“I’ve had people coming up and tell me that they’ve got trotters sorted for the sale next year already.”
After a mixed bag day at Karaka on Monday, buyers, vendors and enthusiasts headed to Christchurch with a tentative mindset amidst a completely new look format to involve themselves in.
Things would have relaxed considerably when the first 10 lots through the ring went for a combined total of $250,000 as buyers settled into their work.
“By having the parade first, we managed to ensure there was a good strong crowd on hand and the numbers around the ring when the first lot came through were very good and it set the tone.
“As is always the case though, nice types with good pages will always sell well.”
The top lot of the day came as no surprise to anyone with big-spending Australian Emilio Rosati forking out $160,000 over the phone to secure the fifth foal of champion trotting mare, One Over Kenny, by Love You.
The chestnut colt was a standout on the page, but in type he was even better and there were more than two parties interested in getting their hands on the royally-bred prospect.
“Emilio was rapt to secure him,” Lagan said.
“And the best part from our perspective is that at this stage he will remain in New Zealand as he’s heading down to Phil Williamson to be trained.”
Greg and Nina Hope worked to $60,000 to secure the second highest purchase of the day – an Angus Hall colt from Michelle Caig’s great producing mare, Sun Mist, while Aldebaran Lodge went to $40,000 to snare the Love You colt from Triple A.
- NZ Harness News