Aquis Top Sales for Holy Roman and Dream Ahead

In Industry News & Views, Stallionsby Ben Ready

Some very good stallions always seem undervalued by the local marketplace and one of those is high class shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (IRE), who had two youngsters offered and both sold at the NZB Ready to Run Sale of 2YO’s this week for $240,000 and $200,000.

Neither of the two colts were offered as yearlings and both worked impressively at the breeze up session clocking sub 11 second gallops to put them firmly on the radar for buyers.

Selling for $240,000 to Victoria Peak Bloodstock was the colt from Montjeu (IRE) mare Montwest that was offered by Regal Farm as agent. He is the seventh foal of an unraced half-sister to Group II winner Natalie Wood, the dam of high class stayer Maluckyday, who was second in a Melbourne Cup.

Prima Park put the polish on the Holy Roman Emperor colt from Izajazzar that made $200,000 when bought by Hong Kong based buyer Mr Pui KK. Bred by Aquis Farm, he’s a colt that sold purely on type and ability as his dam is an unplaced daughter of E Dubai (USA), whose family is barren of stakes-winners back through the first five dams.

The success of the sale is a testament to the ability of Holy Roman Emperor to upgrade a fairly modest mare to produce a quality individual with commercial appeal to the right market.

By Danehill from the family of Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago, Holy Roman Emperor is the sire of over 70 stakes-winners worldwide including Group I winners in every major racing jurisdiction ensuring his stock are valued right around the world.

He stands at Aquis in Queensland at a fee of $9,900 and will soon depart for his Northern Hemisphere home of Coolmore in Ireland, where he sired this year’s Group I Irish Two Thousand Guineas winner Romanised.

Another Aquis shuttler in Dream Ahead (USA) was also in the news at Karaka this week.

Dream Ahead x Uproot

The third most successful pinhook at this sale was a cracking colt by Dream Ahead from Uproot that made $340,000 when bought by Mr P Ho Leung of Hong Kong. Consigned by Riverslea Park, he was sourced from the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in Sydney where he made $65,000 for Attunga Stud when snapped up by 888 Bloodstock.

He is the third foal of Lonhro mare Uproot, a daughter of stakes-winner Destruct from the family of Group I winner and sire Strategic.

It was a big result for Dream Ahead, who has had a good season so far represented by dual Group II winner Shumookh and stands in the Hunter Valley at the affordable fee of $16,500.