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Mach Three colt hits $200,000 at Premier sale

12:32 AM 25 Feb 2016 NZDT
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Lot 409 Mach Shard- $200,000 yearling purchase to join the Barry Purdon barn
Lot 409 Mach Shard- $200,000 yearling purchase to join the Barry Purdon barn

The second day of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch had been going through a bit of a flat patch when Lot 409 walked into the sales ring.

A colt by Mach Three named Mach Shard, he is a half brother to the former champion two and three year old Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,089,753) and the top racemare in Pemberton Shard 1:55.2 ($225,212)

Straight away the tempo of the sale changed as all the big hitters came out to play.

$100,000 came and went in a hurry and not long after the $150,000 mark went by the board.

Finally the tempo slowed but Barry Purdon who had been in from the start was not going to be denied and when the colt was knocked downed for $200,000,it was Barry who was holding the final bid.

Barry was a happy man to have secured what he thought was the pick of the colts in the southern sale.

"I was starting to get a bit nervous at the $130,000 mark but Kevin and Trevor were keen to carry on."

" I was really taken with him and luckily have owners who are prepared to back my judgment.''

He's a really athletic colt with a great back end on him."  Barry said.

Barry was referring to two of the most successful owners in harness racing in Australasia at the moment in Trevor Casey and Kevin Riseley who have been riding a crest of a wave of success over the last 18 months.

Barry has been building up a fantastic record with his sales purchasers over the last seven or eight years and he certainly looks to have unearthed another outstanding type going by the individual in the ring this afternoon.

Mach Shard, as you can see from the photo is built like a bull, very strong through the chest and shoulder and just looks like an early runner.

With the half brother Smiling Shard already standing at stud in Australia, there is the added bonus that Mach Shard has that option open to him if he can go as good on the track as he looks off it.

" Both Somebeachsomewhere and Auckland Reactor are by Mach Three and at stud these days so Mach Three is a proven sire of sires.

"Mach Three has proven he's well capable of leaving top horses and the mare is obviously proven too," Barry said.

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