When Harnesslink spoke to Craig Judd of Benstud Standardbreds early last week he was in ore of an Art Major colt out of 10 win mare Morgan Abby.
As it turns out, the buyers at the sale a few days later were too.
The stunning colt topped the strong 190 lot sale and was sold for $120,000 to the bid of big spending harness racing owners Emilio and Maria Rosati.
“Last season I thought that All Eyes On Us was the nicest horse we had ever put through the sale, but this fella was equally as good,” Judd explained.
“He is a tremendous colt with a bit of the X-Factor,” he added.
Others out of the Benstud Standardbreds draft to sell well included a Mach Three full-sister to Fly Like An Eagle, who was sold to Peter Oshea for $85,000, and a Rock N Roll Heaven colt out of 17 win mare Mendelico, who will head to New Zealand after being purchased by Phil & Glenys Kennard for $60,000.
Other yearlings destined for New Zealand shores are a Major In Art – Seel A Corka colt, $11,000 (Neil Piltcher), a Sportswriter colt out of Ultra Trendy Lombo, $30,000 (Barry Purdon), a Major In Art colt out of Bolton Lady, $24,000 (Kennard Bloodstock), a Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Cyclone Betty, $50,000 (Neil Piltcher) a Mach Three colt out of Giveusachance, $27,000 (Mark Purdon), and last but not least, a Art Major full-brother to Restrepo (Cran Dalgety)
The second highest lot of the day was an Art Major filly out of Localize (3/4 to Sushi Sushi), who was slammed down to the bid of mammoth owners Merv & Meg Butterworth for $101,000, while others to fetch good money included a Rock N Roll Heaven – Miss Brazilian colt ($85,000), a Rocknroll Heaven colt out smart mare Top Tempo ($66,000), and an Art Major colt out of Valero ($66,000).
2014 Clearance Rate – 77.53%
2014 Sale Average - $23,550
2013 Clearance Rate – 78.70%
2013 Sales Average - $21,789
To view the full results of the Melbourne APG Sale click here.
By Mitchell Robertson