You wouldn’t miss Pat Fuoco in a crowd - and certainly not today (7 April) when his God’s Own colt from the Bellotto mare Truly (pictured below) fetched $310,000 to the bid of leading bloodstock agent, James Bester on the second day of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
An excited Pat was on hand to see Bester and Victorian trainer, Robert Smerdon, fight it out before Sir James eventually got the nod.
Bester is clearly one of the astute judges in the business and was prepared to fork out the highest price for a God’s Own thus far.
(The previous topper was Think Big Stud’s first crop colt which was sold to Shadwell Australia at last year’s Australian Easter Yearling Sale for $300,000).
The God’s Own colt from Truly was foaled down at Yallambee Stud, prior to mare and foal heading north to Arrowfield Stud where Truly was covered by Redoute’s Choice, subsequently producing a three quarter brother to the God’s Own colt.
Pat is also the breeder of Truly’s Testa Rossa filly, Vormista, a Group Two winner at Flemington and 3-times Group One runnerup: finishing second to Apache Cat in the BTC Cup and Australia Stakes, plus giving Gold Edition a run for her money in the Manikato.
The only other God’s Own entry for the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale – a colt from Dehere mare Harrow (Lot 464) – will be sold in the final session tomorrow.
Two God’s Own colts are stepping out for the first time in the Freeway’s Great Steaks Plate over 1250m at Canterbury tomorrow.
Beat – bred by Robert Crabtree and trained by Anthony Cummings – was scratched from Monday’s Canterbury meeting and is clearly an exciting prospect, being out the Kenmare mare Zasu Rhythm, and a half brother to the Melbourne Group winner and Group One runnerup Any Rhythm.
And, giving the Redoute’s Choice Caulfield Guineas winner a second iron in the fire, is the Gerald Ryan trained first starter Elegant Triumph.
Bred and sold by Matt Brown’s Monterey Stud, Elegant Triumph is out of the Sir Laurence mare, Oubladee, a winning half sister to Group winning 2YO, Zeya and the dam of city winners Spectrum Blitz and Cenotaph.
Could be a very big result!
Eliza Park stands God’s Own in conjunction with Yallambee Stud.