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Bromac Lodge sale creates much interest

06:08 AM 01 Apr 2009 NZDT
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Canterbury harness racing's high profile Bromac Lodge Stud will conduct a sale on the premises Springs Road on April 21. The auctioneers PGG Wrightson who have recently distributed the 62 lot catalogue, are confident the sale will attract widespread attention in view of the quality of the offering.

Commencing at 1pm, the catalogue consists of 30 broodmares, 24 weanlings, six raced or untried lots and two yearlings.

The reduction sale has largely been created by an excess of horses for land available at the immaculate Bromac complex.

Lot 17, the exceptional producer Oh Please (Albatross-No Secrets) might be old at 18, but is in foal to popular commercial sire Art Major.

Any buyer would strike a bonus if the resultant foal was a filly.

The distinguished unraced Albatross matron has been a huge success at Stud, her descendants in the first two generations including Classic Blue Jeans, dam of Attorney General (1:48.4), Crown Bromac, Crown Counsel, Classic Art (1:55.1) and Falcon's Blue Jean (1:51.8), in turn the winner of the PGG New Zealand Yearling Sale 3 year old open and ran second in the Great Northern Derby and he has more than 20 USA wins.

Considerable interest will be shown in Lot 43, the Red River Hanover filly out of Oh Please. Stock by her sire Red River Hanover are now starting to make their presence felt with another year on them.

PGG Wrightson spokesman Bruce Barlass said the weanling batch included no fewer than 14 colts.

"Often you will find it is the other way around at these kind of sales with more fillies than colts,'' he said.

"There is the odd colt there by Falcon Seelster and they don't come much better than him.''

Barlass thought that owners and trainers would certainly be keen on the weanling section such was the overall standard of parentage.

Lots belonging to the family of Elsu and Globe Bay would also assure the Sale of widespread interest, he said.

Lot 56, a filly by Artiscape, closely related to Abdias (12 wins) and Lot 57, a McArdle colt from Happy Franco (Holmes Hanover), closely related to prolific Queensland winner Franco Highlight were other lots that should appear to discerning buyers.

Don WRIGHT

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