Buyers digging deep for Almanzor’s first-crop

Buyers digging deep for Almanzor’s first-crop12 Jan 2021

Almanzor made a splash during the opening session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and his popularity gained further significant momentum this afternoon.

The multiple Group 1-winning son of Wootton Bassett’s youngster was sold yesterday for AU$340,000 to Waller Racing and Mulcaster Bloodstock.

He was offered by Bhima Thoroughbreds, who today presented a Cambridge Stud-bred daughter of Almanzor who left the ring with a AU$380,000 price tag around her neck.

The successful bidder for the filly out of the unraced Shamardal mare Empress Cixi was Eagle Farm trainer Kelly Schweida.

The dam, who has already produced the winner and G3 Eulogy Stakes runner-up Manchu, hails from a rich European family.

Cambridge Stud ended a memorable day with the AU$550,000 sale of a Pierro filly bred in partnership with Mornington trainer David Brideoake.

She was presented by Milburn Creek and was eventually knocked down to Spendthrift Australia.

She is a daughter of Griante, who was prepared by Brideoake to win seven races, including the G1 Galaxy Handicap.

Griante’s first foal by Redoute’s Choice was sold at Karaka in 2019 for $800,000 and as Cadenabbia has won one of his three starts.