Towards the end of the opening session of the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale – Premier Sale, Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland and trainer Gai Waterhouse produced the knockout blow to purchase Lot 181.
Consigned by Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud, Lot 181 is a colt (pictured below) by Dubawi’s Group 1-winning and producing son Makfi, out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Asterie (GB).
Makfi has had very good success in both hemisphere already from only a handful of crops with his New Zealand raced son Marky Mark successful in the juvenile Group 1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes last season.
Asterie is an unraced sister to the Listed-winning, Group 1 placed Sensible (Sadler’s Wells) and also to the dam of the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara winner Pear Tart, while she is also a three-quarter-sister in blood to the Listed-winning Group 2 placed Special Gallery.
It is also the family of Dubai’s Group 1 winning son Erupt, showing that the cross works well within the pedigree.
"Loved this colt as soon as I saw him. He looks a sprinter-miler all over with plenty of strength and power behind the saddle. A real "man's" head with a big jowel," stated Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland.
"I'd expect more immediate than a lot of horses bred in NZ and could easily be an Autumn 2yo in Sydney next year all going well.
"He comes from the home of champions in NZ in Cambridge Stud and in a very strong market was good value at NZ$200,000 in my opinion.
"We bought one horse at Karaka and this was our pick."