Te Akau spent $ 800,000 securing the Zoustar foal. Photo / Trish Dunell
International shoppers were absent from the Annual New Zealand Blood Stock Sale in Karaka this week, but Te Akau principal, David Ellis, made sure the global taste remained the same.
The lead buyer was given instructions to buy the best foal in the complex by Coolmore School Principal John Magnier, and he believes he did just that when securing Lot 94, Zoustar foal from Scintillula’s Group 1 players, from Pencarrow’s $ 800,000 Stud Book 1 draft.
Te Akau has trained for a global racial powerhouse in the past, but Ellis says this is the first time Magnier has purchased a pup in partnership with Ellis’s New Zealand operations.
“John Magnier, owner of Coolmore Stud, said he wanted to support Karaka this year and he wanted to take part in my best game,” said Ellis.
“He got a big share in zoustar horses with Te Akau because we thought he was the best horse in sales.”
Coolmore Stud stands the father of Group 1 Fastnet Rock producer, and Ellis said Magnier was impressed by the actions of his six-time Group 1 winning daughter, Avantage, who was coached by Te Akau’s Jamie Richards.
“I think the Magnier family is very impressed with the work we’ve done with Avantage, who won more Group 1 races than any other Fastnet Rock,” said Ellis.
A further international flavor will be added to the foal’s holdings, with Ellis confirming the Hong Kong client will take a 50 percent stake.
“We are very proud to have one of Te Akau’s best clients, from Hong Kong, take a 50 percent stake in filly.
“There’s only a quarter left and it’s going to sell out really fast.”
Even though the foal proved popular and topped $ 800,000, Ellis was ready to extend further to secure it.
“It’s rare that you see a foal in Karaka with a pedigree and an athlete as good as her.
“We thought we had to pay $ 1 million to buy him. We thought he would be the foal that sold the most, and we were very happy to get him for $ 800,000. He is a good foal like the one we bought.”
Pencarrow Stud manager Leon Casey said the foal was getting a lot of attention and he was anticipating a good result.
“She is a top-class mare in every way. We got a lot of interest from a lot of good judges, including many New Zealand players as underbidders.
“She is a beautiful type. You can see Zoustar’s quality and Galileo’s strength. Her quality and depth are high.
“Sir Peter [Vela, Pencarrow Stud principal] ready to offer the best we have. He doesn’t hold anything back because he has faith in the market. What he’s doing is for the good of the industry and not just for Pencarrow. “
– NZ Racing Desk