Of interest from a pedigree perspective is the ongoing success of the Northern Dancer/Northern Dancer cross revealed in the pedigree of the short-head runner up, VON COSTA DE HERO. His sire ENCOSTA DE LAGO is a grandson (by SADLERS WELLS own brother, FAIRY KING), while his dam is by SCENIC, a son of SADLERS WELLS. No doubt a mating decided on type while ignoring the conventional “bans of marriage” which would ordinarily have frowned on such intensive (or incestuous) inbreeding.
Entries in Fairy King (2)
Magic Millions concluded its two-day Horses in Training Sale on the Gold Coast yesterday, with officials declaring the auction, held under the spectre of the equine influenza outbreak, a resounding success.
The sale produced a record average of A$38,508 and an impressive clearance rate of 86.5 percent. A colt by Giant’s Causeway attracted the highest bid during yesterday’s second and final session of the sale. The two-year-old, consigned by Oakwood Farm, agent, is out of Marigot Bay (Ire) (Fairy King). He was purchased for A$220,000 by World Wide Bloodstock, as agent for Patrick Shaw.
“He’s a lovely colt with a stallion pedigree,” Shaw said. “And, at A$220,000, I think he’s a bargain.” Macau trainer Gary Moore, buying through his NSW-based bloodstock agent John Hutchinson, purchased two six-figure juveniles, including the fastest breeze-up performer, a colt by Cather in the Rye (Ire) for A$140,000.
At the close of business, Magic Millions Managing Director David Chester expressed his satisfaction with the sale. “This sale has helped restore great confidence in the Australian Thoroughbred industry at a tough time,” Chester said. “Many people thought this sale was going to be a disaster. But looking back on the past two days, it’s been a stunning success.”
Extract from TDN 29.11.07