Friday, March 4, 2011


Danehill’s Group One winning sprinter, SHINZIG, has left his mark on the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale with a first crop colt knocked down to Rick Hore-Lacy for $160,000 … 16 times service fee!
Indicative of the book of mares Shinzig received when retired to stud in 2008, this highly sought out youngster is from the Group One winning mare Chlorophyll (STC Coolmore Classic) whose three winners include the multiple stakes placed Innovation.
Winner of what was arguably the strongest CF Orr Stakes-G1 (1400m) in history – defeating 12 Group One winners – Shinzig would also finish within 3.2 lengths of the winner in no less than nine Group Ones including a near second to 5-time G1 winner Darci Brahma and a second in the Emirates Stakes-G1 on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.
Notably, Danehill is the sire of seven Group One winning sprinters (up to 1600m) which stand in Australia and six of them have runners. What’s more, six have produced Group One winners in their own right.
Who knows? The Shinzig colt from Chlorophyll (pictured below) just might be the one to make it seven from seven!

When the first session of the Melbourne Premier closed on Wednesday, other sale highlights included:
  • $130,000 for the Not a Single Doubt from Unrocel Gem, purchased by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock Agency.
  • $175,000 for the Bel Esprit from Distant Grace who was snapped up by Brian Mayfield-Smith for Doug Zappelli, leaving Victoria’s Champion Sire with a sale average of $85,000.
  • $100,000 for the General Nediym from Eggs that was bought by NSW trainer David Vandyke.
  • $110,000 for the Elusive Quality (sire of Blue Diamond winner Sepoy) from Betula that now finds her way to the stables of Hawkes Racing.
  • $120,000 for the Bel Esprit from Georgia, bred by AFL legend Kevin Sheedy and sold to Hong Kong agent Apollo Ng.

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