Robert dominates day one of the NZ Premier Yearling Sale

Premiership leading trainer Robert Dunn is flying high on the track and in the sales ring. Only five lots cracked the six figure mark on the opening day of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch on Tuesday and two of them are heading to the Dunn stable. Dunn has seen enough in a two-year-old gelding he trains to go after his half brother. He went to $130,000 for lot 211, an athletic Bettor's Delight colt out of Free As A Bird.

One year ago, Dunn paid $100,000 to secure a stunning looking colt out of Free As A Bird by Somebeachsomewhere. That colt is yet to make his race day debut but he has shown enough to give Dunn confidence in the family.

"He's a lovely horse in the making," he said.

"He should be at the workouts in about six weeks."

The Bettor's Delight colt named Styx Freedom was purchased by Dunn on behalf of stable client Ross Gordon. Dunn can see plenty of similarities in the two and believes the Bettor's Delight colt has all the right attributes for a successful racing future.

"He ticked all the boxes," Dunn said.

"He's a great looker, very correct, he's got a nice action and he's got a lovely head on him." 

Dunn went to $105,000 in a bidding war with Cran Dalgety to pick up one of the standout fillies of the sale. The Bettor's Delight filly out of classy mare Lancome was purchased by Dunn for Alan Neumann, Ian Neumann, Geoff Evans and Brent Clarke. Lancome, a Courage Under Fire mare, was a Group I winner with 13 wins to her name.

"She was the pick of the fillies on breeding and it's a modern family that's winning all the time," Dunn said.

He also went to $42,500 for lot 179, an American Ideal colt out of Christian Watch for $42,000.

His decision was again influenced by horses already tried by his stable.

"He ticked all the boxes as well and we've had Code Black and Miss Daisy (out of Christian Watch)."

He also picked up a Christian Cullen filly out of Kotare Yedo on the back of a busy day at Karaka where he picked up three lots including an Art Major colt out of Alta Camilla on behalf of Stu Leadley. Dunn picked up the final lot of the day, a Bettor's Delight colt out of Petra's Star for $40,000.

More than 180 lots went through the sale ring on Tuesday but Paul Court was only thinking about one. Court saw lot 285, a Better's Delight colt out of Lulabelle Midfrew, as the standout colt of the day and went as high as $130,000 to secure him. It was the equal highest price of the day.

The impressive colt is a full sister to former Kiwi and now Western Australian-based mare Libertybelle Midfrew.

Court and his father Graham were both taken by the the colt named Lasseter.

"We both went out and had a look at him and we both thought he was the standout," Paul Court said.

The top trotting lot was lot 334, a Love You trotter out of Paramount Star. Ben and Karen Calder went to $110,000 to secure the well-bred trotter.

A smartly bred Angus Hall colt out of 17 win mare Jasmyn's Gift also cracked the six figures.

Lot 244, the first colt out of Jasmyn's Gift, was purchased by a PGG Wrightson agent on behalf of an unknown client for $105,000.

Breeding was not everything on Tuesday.

One of the major surprises was a Mach Three colt out of standout mare Carabella, who could only fetch $17,000 when sold to Michael House.

Bob and Jenny Sandford picked up the second foal from another Group I winning mare De Lovely.

The Bettor's Delight colt was purchased for $70,000.

Many thanks to Matt Kermeen for the article

Posted: Tue 23 Feb 2016