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Wanted (pictured) has come up trumps following his initial dip into the yearling sale pool, selling up to $460,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions and averaging just shy of $150,000.

Importantly, Wanted’s appeal was definitely ‘global’. The colt from Regal Arena (bred and raised by Eliza Park before being sold at the MM National Weanling Sale last June for $255,000) was the highest priced lot by a freshman when knocked down to Hong Kong’s George Moore for $460,000 … but only after a spirited battle with Gai Waterhouse.
Gai was hardly denied though and subsequently purchased two Wanteds: the colt from With Love for $320,000 and another colt (this one from Royal Singer) for $130,000.
Other leading stables were quick to step up too with Peter Moody, Mick Price, Paul Perry, leading Perth trainer, Trevor Andrews, recently re-located Kiwi trainer John Sargent and South Africa’s Paul Lafferty.

“We were pretty excited about Wanted’s prospects leading into the sale, but he really was the talk of the town from day one,” Eliza Park’s Mark Lindsay points out. “I think the underlying aspect is that they are such great types and that’s probably substantiated by the fact each of the 11 Wanted yearlings offered were all sold.

“For a stallion that stands at $33,000 to achieve almost five times service fee in that forum is a huge plus and we’re obviously looking forward to Melbourne and Easter.”


Eliza Park based stallions enjoyed a highly successful sale as well with Bel Esprit, Statue of Liberty and promising youngster, Astronomer Royal, all reaping rewards.

Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds was quick to snap up a Bel Esprit for $165,000, while the Statue of Libertys sold up to $200,000 (including a half brother to exciting Bel Esprit 2YO, Diamond Glow (pictured)).
And full marks to the supporters of Astronomer Royal whose yearlings averaged $83,333 and sold up to $110,000: a huge result given his 2012 service fee of just $7,700.

Ultimately, it’s all about return on investment and the enthusiasm for Eliza’s stallions certainly augurs well for the coming sales in Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Diamond Glow


Kevan Wacey was a happy man on Friday night. A long-time breeder/owner and supporter of Eliza Park, Kevan struck the double when both his Tale of the Cat yearling sold for $180,000 and his stakes placed Magnus 3YO, How Swede It Is, scored well at Mornington later in the afternoon.

“Yes, it was a memorable day to say the least,” Kevan points out. “I thought the sale rewarded really good types. You always have your fingers crossed heading into any sale, but the Tale of the Cat colt exceeded my expectations and Eliza Park did a great job turning him out the way they did. Totally happy!”
Another breeder who will have fond memories of Gold Coast ’13 is John Barton, whose Not a Single Doubt colt (pictured) brought $240,000.
“The mare, Get the Hint was in foal to Not a Single Doubt and purchased on my behalf for $30,000 at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale in 2011.

Get The Hint
“She foaled down at Eliza (and was subsequently covered by Bushranger in ’11 and ’12) and the colt was raised at Eliza Park’s Nagambie operation before moving across the river to Eliza Park Smithfield who did a terrific job in prepping the colt for the Gold Coast.

“What’s more, it was my wife, Maree’s, birthday the same day the colt sold!”


Eliza Park is consigning six yearlings to the Perth Magic Millions (19-20 February), providing the west with the opportunity to pick up youngsters by Wanted, Bel Esprit, Magnus, Shinzig and Domesday.
However, the presence steps up 10 fold on home turf with 60 yearlings entered for the Melbourne Premier (3-6 March) including full relations to exciting 2YO, Clevadude, Peach Tree, recent Magnus winners Magnaro (from Group winning 2YO Vita) and How Swede It Is; half relations to the brilliant Buffering (pictured), 2013 Perth Cup winner Talent Show (from Group winner Oregon Seal), Group One winners Mummify and Jymcarew, Villa Verde, Lyell, Classy Nugget, Permaiscuous, Dino Mak, Silver Bullion, Occidentals and Rockshaft; plus yearlings from black type mares such as Spurn, Ticket To Rome, Toast of the Coast and Dragon Maiden.

In Melbourne Eliza Park has seven youngsters by Wanted and two from his first season compatriot, Bushranger, eight by leading Australian Sire (by winners) Bel Esprit, five by another leading Australian sire (Second Season by winners) in Magnus, three by Statue of Liberty, a pair by Champion Sire, Written Tycoon, and another from promising young sire, Astronomer Royal. There are also yearlings on offer by Encosta de Lago, Exceed And Excel, Sebring, Bernardini, High Chaparral, Holy Roman Emperor, Commands, Rock of Gibraltar, Tale of the Cat, Savabeel, Any Given Saturday, New Approach, O’Reilly, Authorized, Elvstroem, Flying Spur, Hidden Dragon, Pentire, Purrealist and Teofilo.

The Melbourne Premier draft will be available for inspection from Tuesday 26 February.
Eliza Park will again have a large presence at the Adelaide Magic Millions with 27 up for grabs, highlighted by five yearlings apiece from Magnus and Written Tycoon, two by Wanted (including the second foal of Hussonet 2YO stakes winner Huiskes), a pair each from first time seller, Bushranger, and Shinzig, along with the progeny of Bel Esprit, Statue of Liberty, Blevic, Duke of Marmalade, Kaphero, Nicconi, Reaan, Ready’s Image, Sebring, Time Thief and Turffontein.

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