Aussies strike at Arqana

Stakes-placed filly Standing Up (Fr) topped Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) buys when the curtain came down on the Arqana December Sale this week. 

Standing Up (4f Motivator) was the most expensive of a half-dozen strikes for Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy totalling €665,000 (AUD 1.05 million).  She was purchased on behalf of Woodside Park for €205,000 from leading owner-breeders Alain & Gerard Wertheimer and would be an ideal pedigree match up for Woodside shuttler Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit). 

A winner in Toulouse and stakes-placegetter at La Teste de Buch for trainer Christophe Ferland, she is from a half-sister to Aboulie (G3 Prix Miesque) and the dam of Mustajeeb (G2 Greenlands Stakes). 

Zanibar (3f Invincible Spirit)  €140,000.  Another buy with a rich European pedigree for Woodside Park from Wertheimer & Frère.  She is a winning sister to Enlighted (LR Prix de Montretout).  Their dam Flash Dance (Zamindar) won a LR Tiger Hill Cup in Germany. 



Gabbedy had purchased Rebel Assault (Ire) for Woodside owner Mark Rowsthorn for 120,000gns (AUD 222,600) at the Tattersalls December Sale earlier this month.  The Excelebration filly won the LR Rockingham Stakes (1200m) at York and will be covered by Woodside champion Written Tycoon. 

Woodside graduate Star Fall (Zoustar) won first-up at the Pakenham Cup meeting last Saturday.   The 3yo colt is a son of Longchamp stakes winner Snow Bell (Kendargent) who was a €65,000 buy for Gabbedy at the 2013 Arqana Sale. 

Totally Mystic (4f Invincible Spirit)  €175,000.  Unraced half-sister to G2 Irish Railway Stakes winner Probably (Danehill Dancer).  In foal to Siyouni to southern hemisphere time and purchased for Robert & Sylvie Crabtree’s Dorrington Farm.  She is also a three-quarter sister-in-blood to Moonlight Cloud who went within a head of beating Black Caviar in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. 

Canndiya (3f Sinndar)  €50,000.  Aga Khan-bred half-sister to stakes winners Candarliya (G2 Longchamp & Saint-Cloud), Canessar (LR Chantilly & Laurel), Canndera (LR Saint-Cloud).  She was purchased for Oakland Park owners Neville and Susan Duncan who were on their first visit to the Arqana Sale. 

Belmont Bloodstock had purchased Riptide (Exceed And Excel) for the WA couple when going to $150,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions National Sale.  She is the dam of Crown Prosecutor who is being set for the G1 Levin Classic at Trentham next month following an impressive victory in the G3 Lucia Valentina Stakes (1600m). 

“I was with the Duncans to watch that win when we were in London and they have his half-sister by Street Boss entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March,” Gabbedy said.  “I bought Riptide in foal to Street Boss and she had a colt by Frosted in October.” 

Between the Tattersalls and Arqana Sales, Gabbedy caught up with Juddmonte great Frankel at Banstead Manor in Newmarket and he also visited Champion sire Siyouni and Wertheimer-homebred heroine Goldikova in France. 

Sheamus Mills was also at Deauville and among his four buys was Look Zone (Acclamation) for €55,000.  Trained by Anastasia Wattel, she won a Saint-Cloud nursery last year and returned this term for victories over 1900m at Chantilly and Deauville. 

Mills had purchased Suspicieuse (Elusive City) for €55,000 at Arqana in 2013 and she foaled this year’s G3 Breeders’ Plate winner Dubious first-up to Not A Single Doubt. 

SMB clients Rob & June Harding claimed a second stakes wins with their grey graduate Our Crown Mistress at Doomben on Saturday.  The LR Just Now Quality (1350m) followed last year’s black-type victory in the LR Desirable Stakes at Flemington. 

The Hardings bought into the family a decade ago when Mills found her dam Barangaroo among the Cambridge Stud yearling consignment at Karaka.  A daughter of Fastnet Rock, she won at Moonee Valley for Mick Price and has since paid her way in the sale-ring. Our Crown Mistress made $200,000 at the 2016 Gold Coast Magic Millions. 

The Melbourne couple have her yearling half-sister by More Than Ready heading to the Inglis Sydney Easter Sale via the consignment from Kitchwin Hills.  And Barangaroo delivered another Star Witness foal – a chestnut colt - in September. 

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) was formed in 1988 to maintain, improve and develop the standards, status and services of bloodstock agents throughout Australia.  Its members operate with the utmost integrity and professionalism and are bound by the strict Industry Code of Conduct.