A stunning Sepoy filly out of Paradise Park purchased by Belmont Bloodstock for $160,000
Western Australian News Article by Jay Rooney
Parnham breaks bank at sale
Premier trainer Neville Parnham paid a near record-breaking $340,000 for a colt by Australia’s leading first-season sire Beneteau at the Magic Millions Perth yearling sale yesterday.
The colt was the highest-priced yearling at the Perth sale since 2007, when Yarradale Stud’s Elusive Quality-Born Priceless filly fetched $365,000. Yarradale also sold the Beneteau colt, which is a half-brother to South African Group 2 winner Honorine.Parnham beat Sydney trainer Gary Moore in a fierce bidding war for the colt. Beneteau, who leads the first-season sires’ premiership with five winners this season, stood only two seasons at stud before he died of a neurological disease in 2013. The son of Redoutes Choice won a Blue Diamond Stakes Prelude and was placed behind Star Witness in the 2010 Blue Diamond Stakes. Parnham said Yarradale’s Ron Sayers and his stable client, Santo Guagliardo, would be among the colt’s owners. “He’s ideal for the $2.5 million race at the Gold Coast next year,” Parnham said. “He’s a very good-looking individual. To me, he looks like he’ll get up and run pretty early. “We’ll break him in pretty quickly and get some education into him and get him going early.”
Parnham bought nine yearlings yesterday.
Interstate interest was strong, with Anthony Cummings, Gary Portelli, Damon Gabbedy, Rob Slade and Craig Rounsefell buying yearlings. Despite the success at the top end of the market, a 62 per cent clearance rate hit breeders hard.
Three fillies and a Charge Forward colt were knocked down for $160,000. Melbourne-based bloodstock agent Gabbedy secured Dawson Stud’s Sepoy filly out of WA Sires Produce Stakes winner Paradise Park. Gabbedy bought the filly, a half-sister to former top sprinter Grand Nirvana, for $160,000 on behalf of a long-term WA client. “Sepoy was a superstar and Golden Slipper winners make great sires,” Gabbedy said. “The dam won a Group 3 as a two-year-old. Its a perfect mix of speed.”
Family ties to a mare that beat Makybe Diva led Dan Morton to buying one of two War Chant fillies that fetched $160,000. Morton’s father Len trained the dam of the filly, La Sirenuse.
Queensland bloodstock agent Rounsefell bought the other War Chant filly, out of Queens Gem.
Ascot trainer Simon Miller bought the Charge Forward colt, which is out of Cortina Gal.
The sale ends with today’s second session at Belmont Park.