Three colts by Aquis Farm’s high class shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) proved highly desirable at the 2018 NZB National Yearling Sale Book One this week averaging $146,667 to put their sire into the Top 10 at this sale by average.
Colts from Out of Egypt and Negative Nelly sold for $160,000 and $140,000 for Curraghmore and Wellfield respectively, while the colt from Spina Rosa that made $140,000 for Westbury Stud proved a very successful pinhook when knocked down to Cliff Brown Racing.
He was offered on behalf of Westbury Stud’s new pinhooking syndicate under their The Westbury Club banner and proved to be their best result having been bought for just $10,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale last year.
The brainchild of Buffalo & Co’s Tim Barry, the syndicate purchased just two weanlings from the Gold Coast to sell at Karaka and Westbury Stud General Manager Russell Warwick said syndicate members were delighted with the result.
“It’s a big group of people and it’s done through our Westbury Club,” Warwick said. “Tim Barry was the instigator of it all and Tim just wanted a couple of weanlings for us to put through.
“He went across to the Gold Coast and he was one on the list that we were able to buy. We missed out on two or three, but we have done well and all the members seem to be happy.”
The Holy Roman Emperor colt was purchased by Barry with the belief that he would develop into a nice yearling.
“It’s a horse that we were fortunate developed well,” Warwick said.
“He’s a November foal and when we bought him he was probably a little bit behind the eight-ball, which probably most of the people pinhooking like to have a bit more of a guarantee, but he really grew into himself in the last six weeks and we reaped a bit of good fortune at the end of it.
“He’s a lovely scopey horse and he’s by Holy Roman Emperor and there’s obviously a lot of Asian interest there and he’s out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, put those together and we thought he could grow into a nice product and that he did.”
Holy Roman Emperor covered 99 mares last spring at Aquis Farm in Queensland at the very attractive fee of just $9,900.