A colt sired by the late and extremely popular sire, Deep Impact sold for A$1.9 million on Day-2 at Gold Coast.
Offered by Arrowfield Stud the colt is the first foal Group winning juvenile Honesty Prevails.
The colt will join the stables of Group One-winning Sydney horseman Richard Litt with the trainer outlaying AA$1.9 million on behalf of major owner Ottavio Galletta.
“Obviously his pedigree (appealed),” Litt said. “They don’t make the Deep Impacts any more.”
“He’s out of a really good mare and he’s a lovely individual as well.”
“It’s amazing to be able to work with the Galletta's. They’ve given me massive opportunities and now it’s my job to deliver.”
Arrowfield Stud’s John Messara said the colt “ticked all the boxes.”
Melbourne based bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills fought hard to purchase his prized filly of the sale, the Written Tycoon-Karuta Queen youngster for A$1.5 million.
A flashy filly, just like her Magic Millions 2YO Classic winning mother, the youngster was offered by John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud.
She’s a half-sister to the stakes winner Eawase.
James Bester and Tom Magnier teamed up to snare Lot 364 – the Hinchinbrook-Harlem Heat colt from Yarraman Park Stud earlier in the afternoon for A$1.15 million.
The colt is a three-quarter brother to the stakes winner Harlem River and is closely related to The Everest winner, the Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate, Yes Yes Yes.
“From the day I first saw him at Yarraman Park about six weeks ago I thought he was the one,” Bester said.
“I couldn’t wait for the guys from Ireland to get here and they liked him. He vetted out perfectly and we were determined to get him.”
“He’s a really wonderful mover,” Bester added. “A real big overstep with lovely extension and reach in front. It’s seldom you see an animal with that quality that still has the speed look about them.”
The Redoute’s Choice-Gresset colt offered by Bhima Thoroughbreds today as Lot 354 will head to Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan after being purchased for A$1.1 million.
Chinese based owner An Zhiqiang, who will be represented by Wisdom of Water in Saturday’s A$2 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic, held the bid when the gavel dropped.
“He’s a great athlete and moves so well,” Ryan said. “He’s as good a Redoute’s Choice colt as I’ve seen for quite a few years.”
A three-quarter brother to South African Group Two winner Honorine, the colt is the second foal of the Hussonet mare Gresset.
After two days of selling, the Gold Coast Yearling Sale gross grew to over A$104 million with an average price of A$249,032 for 419 lots sold. The clearance rate has now grown to over 86 per cent.
(2019 Day 2 in brackets)
A$1,900,000 – Deep Impact-Honesty Prevails colt (Lot 385)
Vendor: Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Buyer: Galletta Construction Co Pty Ltd (NSW)
A$1,500,000 – Written Tycoon-Karuta Queen filly (Lot 434)
Strawberry Hill Stud / Sheamus Mills Bloodstock (Vic)
A$1,150,000 – Hinchinbrook-Harlem Heat colt (Lot 364)
Yarraman Park Stud (As Agent) / James Bester/Tom Magnier (NSW)
A$1,100,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Gresset colt (Lot 354)
Bhima Thoroughbreds / An Zhiqiang (China)