Sales soar in lockdown

Sales soar in lockdown

Go Racing sales of yearlings continued to be buoyant despite lockdown conditions.

“While we certainly weren’t pushing sales during this time, there were steady purchases of shares in these quality horses,’ says Albert Bosma, Go Racing director.

Three Go Racing horses sold out during this period and it was right across the board in terms of trainers, budgets and sires so there was something for everyone.

The first of those to sell out was the Savabeel x Kendall Lass filly to be trained by Stephen Marsh in Cambridge.

Says Stephen, “She has developed beautifully since we bought her and every time I see her, she has gone ahead leaps and bounds. Physically she is a very athletic filly that looks like a Guineas and Oaks three-year-old type. We are rapt to have her in the stable.”

The Vadamos x Art Beat filly, which is going to Andrew Carston, was the next to put the SOLD OUT sign up. He couldn’t be happier to enlist her into his Christchurch operation. “She has broken-in very well and the reports are that she is precocious and could well make a two-year-old. Given her pedigree, that is very exciting and her half-sister Arctic Shock is having a very good campaign in Melbourne at the moment.” The filly is by exciting first season sire Vadamos who was a Group 1 winner in France and 4th in the Cox Plate behind the immortal Winx.

The Tarzino x Spring Venture colt, heading to Chris Waller in Sydney, was the third yearling to sell out over the last couple of weeks.

“Tarzino was the champion 3YO colt in Australia, winning the VRC Derby and ATC Rosehill Guineas, and our colt is very impressive physically. When people saw him, they just had to take shares in him. He moves beautifully and looks an ideal Derby horse for Australia.”  

That leaves only two yearlings in the Go Racing franchise with remaining opportunities and both horses, on pedigree, are likely to sell themselves.

The Pierro x Sotella filly (pictured above) will be trained by Trent Bussutin and Natalie Young in Melbourne.

Says Albert, “Pierro is the hottest sire in Australasia and his stud fee for 2020 has just gone up to A$137,500 from A$88,000 last year, such is the success of his progeny. She is from a wonderful family with her dam a half-sister to the Group 1 winner Sports, Group 2 winner Seika and Group 3 winner Medals. Her half-brother Ever Laugh is now approaching NZ$1 million in stakes money in Hong Kong, so she is a great opportunity.

The other yearling is a Savabeel x Baradevi colt will be trained by Stephen McKee in Auckland.

Says Albert, “There is occasionally a horse that slips through the net and sells for well under what it should have made. He was one of those horses. How often can you buy a share in a Savabeel colt with his pedigree for less than $6,500?”

“He is a strong and very balanced colt from one of the great New Zealand families. He is out of the Volksraad mare Baradevi, so closely related to Group 1 winner Sharvasti; Group winners Vedodara and Shastri and is a full-brother to Byzantine, the winner of four races from just 12 starts. He looks a classic three-year-old in the making.”

Bosma can’t wait for New Zealand racing to resume.

“Go Racing has come through the lockdown in great heart. Our owners are taking a long term view and we were fortunate that our Australian-based horses continued to run, and win, during this period.  Now in Level 2, our owners are very much looking forward to the racing programme resuming in New Zealand shortly.”

If you are interested in a share in the Pierro x Sotela filly or the  Savabeel x Baradevi colt please get in contact with Albert or Matt.