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Winx in news again as baby bro sells for - $2.3million

Ric Chapman in Interviews 5 Apr 2016
  • Relatives of the stars fetched big dollars
  • Winx, Criterion, Hampton Court among Group 1 winners with siblings selling
The little half-brother of Winx

Day 1 of the world famous Inglis Easter Yearling Sale at Randwick, began on Tuesday and fireworks occurred immediately.


The day featured some incredible pedigrees, none better than this one - see if you recognise it. SNITZEL - VEGAS SHOWGIRL...a colt.

A loose limbed, laconic colt at that, who turned heads and filled the auditorium.

He is of course the yearling half-brother to the wonder mare WINX and the full-brother to last Saturday's Black Type winner EL DIVINO.

And it didn't take long to fire everyone up when bidding began.

First bid was $500,000, and immediately each bid went up by $100,000.

Everybody who owns, races, likes horses, wanted him.

In the end after bidding did eventually stop, it was the beaming face of Gai Waterhouse who was the successful bidder. And she won the rights to him on behalf of His Excellency Nasser Lootah of Dubai. He, of course, owns the former Golden Slipper winner MOSS FUN and Emirates Park Stud.

"I was bidding," said Gai, "under instructions and it didn't matter how high it went. Nasser made the executive decision to buy him...no matter what. So we did."

Standing next to Gai during the bidding process were Dr Sahu who works as interim GM of Emirates Park Stud in the Hunter valley, and a representative from His Excellency’s palace in Dubai.

"We missed the full-brother last year and he is El Divino, so we were determined to buy this colt," said the representative.

"We had planned to go that high because we want him to win the Slipper next year."

The colt was presented on behalf of Fairway Thoroughbreds through the draft of Segenhoe Stud.

He was a beautiful loose colt, with a lovely big over-step, well grown but with scope for further growth. Yet he wasn't the only expensive yearling to sell.

Tom Magnier, general manager of Coolmore Stud in Australia, went to $1.2million for Lot 42, the handsome half-brother to CRITERION.

Bidding began at $500,000 and steadily grew until Magnier was the last man standing.

“He's a very nice colt, but you know, the price, you just have to meet what the market is," Magnier said.

"Obviously we want him to develop into a stallion prospect and with a pedigree like this, you have to go to that sort of amount to land horses like this."

He's by Fastnet Rock from Rose Of Cimmaron and he too will be trained by Gai Waterhouse.

Others who sold well include; the flashy chestnut colt with two white socks and a white blaze by Snitzel from Roses N Wine, which make him a half-brother to Group 1 winner HAMPTON COURT

He fetched $900,000.

The Fastnet Rock - Star Satire filly went for $520,000 to Hawkes Racing. She is a half-sister to Group 2 Silver Slipper winner SATIN SHOES.

One of the best looking yearlings was a colt by Redoute's Choice - Top Cuban. He's a half to HAVANA, who was a stakes winner and placed in the Group 2 Todman stakes.

Shadwell Stud, through Angus Gold, purchased him as their footprint in Australia continues to grow.

A lovely, stately, tall standing filly by Fastnet Rock from the blue hen producing mare Valourina, fetched $600,000 and should be a safe bet.

This filly's pedigree page only covered her dam, such is the extend of the immediate family tree.

This filly, purchased by the China Horse Club, is a half to three stakes winners, who all placed at Group 1 level as well - they being: TIMBOURINA; MEDIA and CARDINAL VIRTUE.

Day 2 of the sale continues in earnest on Wednesday. I shall be there again, wishing, hoping….but at the very least, covering the day’s action for us.



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