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Art Major colt tops Premier Sale: $170,000

07:15 AM 20 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Art Major colt Titanium
Art Major colt Titanium - topped today's sale at $170,000

It was business as per usual at today's (Wednesday February 20) Premier New Zealand Harness Racing Yearling Sale conducted at the Canterbury Agricultural Park.

The quotes we've all come to know such as "you never, never know," "go one more," "you've liked him all the way sir, don't lose him now" and "Ladies and Gentlemen I think you're a bit light on this one, were once again there as was the high quality horseflesh.

After a relatively slow start, stunning trotting colt Ohoka Hall (Angus Hall-Landoras Special) took the early lead as the top price colt ($127,500) but it was always only going to be a matter of time before his pacing counterparts ran him down.

The first to do so was lot 133 a strong Art Major colt out of broodmare gem Asabella who topped the sale at $170,000.

Titanium is the fifth foal from Asabella (In The Pocket-Bellisimo) who a handy race mare herself, earning $52,809 in stakes.

Asabella's first four foals are Ohoka's Bondy (22 wins, 388,000), Code Red (11 wins, 107,314), 2yo filly of her year Dancing Diamonds (9 wins, 343,276) and unraced Mach Three filly Bluegrass Belle who was an impressive qualifier and his since been exported to Australia.

Titanium was offered on account of Glenbrook Park, Mosgiel (Property of Messrs. P. J. Creighton, Mosgiel & S. W. R. Gillan, Winton)and was purchased by none other than New South Wales buying giants Emilio and Maria Rosati, who have been completely dominate throughout the New Zealand sales

The second highest price of the sale come just four lots latter when Bettor's Delight full-brother to Highview Tommy, Highview Freddy walked through the ring.

The athletic, strongly built son of Baptism Of Fire fetched $133,000 for Highview Standardbreds on account of Baptism Breeding Ltd, Riverton.

Highview Freddy will stay far closer to home than Titanium having been purchased by Ian Dobson.

Lot 152 Better Man gave long time breeder/owner/trainer Barry Ward something to smile about when selling for $110,000.

The (Bettor's Delight -Child In Time) 10 wins, $85,065) full-brother to group one winning filly Paradise City is by far Wards best sales result to date.

"I've never had anything sell for quite those digits," said a chuffed Ward.

As for lucky numbers, 33 was without a doubt it.

Lot 33 (Ohoka Hall) was the top trotting colt, lot 133 (Titanium) was the top pacing colt and the second top pacing colt (Highview Freddy sold for $133,000.

For today's sale results click here

Mitchell ROBERTSON

Top lot Titanium in action

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