The Sweet Lou colt out of Super Deal, which set a new New Zealand record for a weanling at $120,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Sweet Lou announced himself as a sire to be taken seriously with a couple of staggering sales at the Autumn Weanling and All Aged Sale in Karaka on Friday.
Woodlands Stud’s relatively new sire had two colts – one from each of his first two crops – sell for six-figure prices after spirited bidding wars.
Chief amongst them was the $120,000 that a colt out of the treasured Scuse Me family sold for, making him New Zealand’s highest selling standardbred weanling at auction.
The unnamed colt is the first foal of American Ideal mare Super Deal, a daughter of a half-sister to Christen Me and Dream About Me, Splendid Dreams.
The man who stuck his hand up with the winning bid was a Canterbury trainer, who wished to remain nameless, acting on behalf of an overseas client.
Officially, the winning bid went to the auction house, as agents.
The under-bidder was Sydney’s Mary Rosati, who pushed the envelope in a spirited duel with the phone-bidder, alongside husband Emilio.
Earlier, a scratching from February’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale was knocked to Jean Feiss for $150,000 after a sustained sale ring battle.
John Street, Jim Gibbs and Greg Payne were among the underbidders on the Sweet Lou colt, named Pacing Lou, from the family of Pacing Major.
Feiss said she was reluctant to buy the colt at the yearling sales because of his unproven sire but the decision was made for her when he was scratched when it was revealed he had a cyst in his throat.
“I was a bit hesitant back then because the sire was unproven, and I was humming and harring.
“But looking at him now, he’s developed, and a lot of trainers have said they like their Sweet Lous.”
Feiss is unflappable in an auction and she showed a steely resolve to defy her contemporaries.
“Sometimes if you want a horse, you have to pay a little more to get it.
“It might be too much at the time, but it might also turn out cheap.”
Sage words from the lady who selected and purchased the likes of Vincent, Jesse Duke and Spanish Armada at auction.
Feiss confirmed Pacing Lou would go to Canterbury and be immediately broken in before joining the stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.
Paul Kenny, family spokesman for Woodlands Stud co-owner, and owner of the Super Deal weanling, Charles Roberts, said everyone associated with it was thrilled with the results.
“Both big lots were really exciting for the family; the weanling especially was a perfect result.
“There is a good market for the right type of weanlings and this colt proved that today.
“There is an art to it, but if you have the right one, it can work out nicely.”
Sweet Lou’s significant weanling catalogue sold relatively well outside of the record-breaker, the likes of Tony Herlihy, Mark Jones, Maurice McKendry, Kirk Larsen, Greg Payne and Brad Mowbray signing for them.
Other sales of interest on the day:
- The first progeny of champion American racehorse Captaintreacherous to go through a New Zealand sale ring, a colt, sold to Trevor Casey for $24,000.
- Casey also picked up a broodmare, going to $22,000 for Paddy Brown, a Christian Cullen half-sister to this season’s Group 1-winning juvenile filly, Kayla Marie.
- Casey then went to $26,000 for Paddy Brown’s Bettor’s Delight weanling filly, offered by Palmerston North breeders, Braeden and Caroline Whitelock.
- Ken Breckon went back to the pin-hooking well once again, going to $44,000 for the weanling full brother to Star Galleria, by Art Major.
- The Rosatis, in the company of Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson, went to $40,000 for a Love You weanling colt from the family of the latter’s former good mare, Allegro Agitato.
- Christchurch owner Andrew Fry went to $44,000 for an Art Major weanling filly out of Alabar Stud’s broodmare gem, E J Becks, making her a half-sister to Isaiah.