Eliza Park’s exciting young sire, Wanted, has topped day one of the 2012 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale with his flashy bay colt from, Vestment, being knocked down for $117,500 – almost twice that of the second highest price of the opening session.
The Wanted colt’s entry to the sales ring sparked a bidding duel among the major players with Ascot Heath Pty Ltd, the session’s leading buyer overall, eventually winning out.
Bred at Eliza Park, the youngster is out of the Danasinga mare, Vestment, a half sister to the dam of Flemington stakes winner Satin Robes and a daughter of Group One winner Lady Madonna. The weanling is also closely related to another Eliza Park home-bred in Group One winner Recurring.
“The colt was popular from the moment he arrived at the complex last Thursday,” Eliza Park’s Mark Lindsay pointed out. “It would be fair to say that all of the serious buyers had a good look at him and he certainly had a large number of x-ray hits.
“While we thought it was an excellent price for the colt, it doesn’t really come as a surprise.
“For starters, Wanted is a cracking type himself – one of the best looking horses of his year (selling as a yearling for $800,000). What’s more, he’s by boom sire Fastnet Rock and after winning a Group race at two, he went on to win the Group One Newmarket at three.
“Mares in foal to Wanted have sold up to $205,000 and I’d be telling fibs if I said that we didn’t have our fingers crossed that his foals turned out OK.
“Today’s result is the proof in the pudding and we’re obviously looking forward to next year’s yearling sales.”