THE first foal out of Group 1 Railway Stakes winner Imananabaa proved to be the popular of More Than Ready’s five yearlings sold at the 86th NZB Premier Yearling sale whilst Testa Rossa averaged NZ$186,667.
The More Than Ready x Imananabaa filly, prepared by Cambridge nursery Lyndhurst Stud, sold for $370,000 to Mr B.J and Mrs J Lindsay of Auckland.
As well as being a daughter of a prized racemare, the filly hales from the influential Born Rich dynasty which originated in Western Australia but has spread it’s success far and wide.
Included among a bevy of stakeswinners on the page is the Group 1 winning mare and Testa Rossa daughter Rostova.
The four other More Than Ready’s offered at K1 sold for $250,000, $220,000 $125,000 and $100,000.
Meanwhile, Testa Rossa had 3 yearlings change hands at the sale for $230,000, $190,000 and $140,000 respectively.
His top priced yearling was offered on behalf of John Thompson’s Rich Hill Stud, home to Melbourne Cup winner Shocking and local favourite Pentire.
Rich Hill’s colt is a grandson of Dayjur mare, Duelling Girl, whose offspring include stakeswinners, Pistols and Keep The Faith.
“Testa Rossa’s yearling averages have been on an incline over the past couple of years, they sold very well at the Gold Coast and his results at Karaka were fantastic,” says Vinery’s Adam White.
“He is well known as a sire of tough, genuine stakes horses but I think the fact that he sired recent class galloper’s in New Zealand (Testa Secret) earlier this season certainly lifted his profile among the local buying bench.
(Testa Rossa has sired 15 runners in New Zealand for 8 winners including three stakes horses).
“Now it’s on to Melbourne for the Premier, a venue where Testa Rossa is very well respected.”
Red Ransom – the sire of last weeks Blue Diamond Prelude winning filly Malasun, had two yearlings sold for $100,000 and $70,000 respectively.
“All in all we are delighted with the way Vinery sires have been patronised so far this year,” says White, ”no doubt the highlight to this point was the Myboycharlie’s at the Gold Coast. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to have the stallion kick off than land in some of the best stables in Australia.”