A pinhooked colt by multiple Group I winner All Too Hard translated into a spectacular result for Mark and Shelley Treweek as Bloodstock agent Justin Bahen’s outlaid $525,000 for the yearling on day two of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale Series.

This colt was a hugely successful pinhook by Lyndhurst Farm having bought the All Too Hard colt for $160,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale last year.  The $525,000 was the highest price paid for any yearling by an Australian based sire beating even the proven stallions Fastnet Rock, Snitzel, Exceed And Excel etc.

Bahen admitted he was keen on the progeny of the four time Group One winner after witnessing the quality of his racetrack performances.

“He was a very classy galloper during his racing career and from what I’ve seen of his initial crop he has passed plenty of those attributes on to his progeny,” he said.

“This colt is a lovely mover and I was taken by his attitude as he progressed through the auction ring.

“There was strong demand for the progeny at the recent Gold Coast sales so I wasn’t surprised with the competition here although I was getting to my limit when I finally got him.”

Bahen has been a regular buyer at Karaka for a number of years with purchases including Pinstripe Lane who finished second in the 2014 Gr. 1 Queensland Derby.

The All Too Hard colt is from Group One placed mare Kalamata who is the dam of Gr. 3 South Australia Sires Produce Stakes winner Stirling Grove and features Group One winner Hucklebuck in his extended pedigree.

Bahen bought the colt on behalf of a Hong Kong based client and will return him to Melbourne for his initial development before any decisions on a racing career are made. – NZ Racing Desk