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Black type abounds in well bred colt

12:36 PM 07 Apr 2021 NZST
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Lot 174, the striking Orlando Vici colt out of Top Of The Anvils, Harness racing
Lot 174, the striking Orlando Vici colt out of Top Of The Anvils

Buyers at the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday looking for a trotter with star potential should not go past Lot 174.

The only nomination from Lang Bloodstock, of Chris and Haley Lang, the bay colt, by the French champion Orlando Vici out of the New Zealand mare Top Of The Anvils. has everything – he looks the part, he’s a natural trotter and has a great pedigree.

His sire, Orlando Vici, a prolific winner on the European Grand Circuit, has had the amazing score of having sired 10 individual winners from his first Australian crop of 11 foals. His progeny include the NSW Derby winner Xebec, the Vicbred Final placegetter Brandlo Prince, Beau Garcon (Breeders Crown 2YO Silver), Deneuve Star, Adelle, Just Believe (Vicbred 3YO Silver) and Orlando Storm.

On his dam’s side, the colt has winners and ‘black type’ all down his pedigree page. There’s an Inter Dominion champion, an Oaks winner, a Bill Collins Sprint victor, a NZ Trotting Free-for-all winner and a NZ 2YO Colt and Filly Trotter of the Year.

Top Of The Anvils, the colt’s dam, left the multiple Group placegetter Parisian Amore (1:59.7) and the Vicbred Homegrown Classic heat winner Saint Germain with her first two foals. 

She is a half-sister to a fine trotter and Oaks placegetter in Courchevel, the NZ Oaks winner and Breeders Crown placegetter Chevron Express and the NZ Sales Classic victor Thebestlove.

The colt’s grand-dam, the NZ 2YO Filly of the Year Kathy Galleon, was a half-sister to six winners including a champion trotter in Galleon’s Sunset, a winner of 14 races and $343,849 including the 2008 Inter Dominion Grand Final, and the NZ 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year The Ultimate Galleon.

In the back removes of the colt’s pedigree are trotters of the calibre of Last Sunset (NZ Trotting Free-for-all and two ID heats), Real Deal Yankee (NZ Hambletonian), Great Getaway and Tricky Ric.  

Furthermore, Last Sunset figures as the sire of the former top racemare She’s An Image, the dam of an Andover Hall colt offered by Lang Bloodstock at last year’s APTS sale which fetched the equal highest price of $55,000.

Interestingly, the colt’s family is crossing particularly well with stallions boasting European blood. Parisian Amore, Saint Germain, Courchevel and Thebestlove were all sired by European stallions as is the case with Lot 174, a son of Orlando Vici.

“You can’t fault him. He’s a well grown, muscular colt and he’s very correct,” Chris Lang said.

To arrange an inspection and for further information phone Haley Lang on 0436 475 659.


by Peter Wharton

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