With the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate winner PROMPT RETURN secured from the sale 12 months prior, it was always the intention of Blue Sky Bloodstock to make sure that the seven yearlings catalogued by Beneteau were inspected.
It wasn’t until the fifth day of selling that Blue Sky’s Julian Blaxland made his first purchase of a Beneteau yearling, in the shape of Lot 788 from the draft of Arrowfield Stud. A filly out of the imported Green Dancer mare Growing Market, herself a half-sister to the grand-dam of the recent Group One Longines Hong Kong Cup winner Designs On Rome, as well as a half-sister to the dam of the Group One Irish Derby winner Grey Swallow, it was a pedigree known all too well to Blaxland as it contained the highly talented, but ill-fated Rekindled Alliance (Redoute’s Choice), a colt that he had purchased a few years prior.
Securing the filly for $70,000 on behalf of Mark Sowerby and Ron Hamer, the owners of Prompt Return, the very same connections would secure a further two yearlings by Beneteau before the day was out.
The next secured, also from the draft of Arrowfield Stud was Lot 860, a bay colt out of the winning Fusaichi Pegasus mare Sassy Peg.
Knocked down for $220,000, an eventual session topper, the colt is out of a daughter of Saucy Nell, herself a half-sister to the Champion Two-year-old and Three-year-old Encounter, from the family of Group One winner Atomic Force.
“I thought the Sassy Peg was an outstanding individual and he happened to be by Beneteau so we had to have him,” stated Blaxland post sale.
A handful of lots later, Blue Sky purchased their third and final Beneteau yearling of the sale, this time from the draft of Newhaven Park.
“We’re obviously very interested in his progeny after buying Beneteau as a yearling and the early success with Prompt Return,” Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland reported.
“We purchased three of his stock today and they will be raced by Mark and Ron.”
With Prompt Return being set for the Group One Blue Diamond, all at Blue Sky Bloodstock wish his connections the best of luck with not only him, but the yearlings purchased from the sale.