Russian Revolution filly delivers top result

Russian Revolution filly delivers top result29 Jan 2023

A daughter of Russian Revolution was our headline act on the opening day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale and she will be heading to the stable of one of Australia’s premier trainers.

The filly was offered as Lot 35 and Ciaron Maher wasn’t to be denied and parted with $250,000 to take her home.

She is out of the Shamardal mare Aotearower, a multiple winner and Group performer, with the second dam another former smart performer in Kaatoon, successful in the G2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic and the G3 Lowland Stakes.

A filly by champion stallion Savabeel was the subject of spirited bidding before she was secured by prominent Victorian owner John Wheeler for $230,000.

Lot 118 is out of the Group-performed O’Reilly mare Critical Angel and from a potent family that includes champion sire O’Reilly and fellow Group 1 winners Ocean Park and Grunt.

Recent form has been added to the pedigree page by the emergence last season of the dual Group 2 winner and top-flight placegetter Wolverine.

Meanwhile, a son of Savabeel will be heading to Bjorn Baker’s stable after Lot 114 realised $220,000 when he sold to the Warwick Farm trainer and Clarke Bloodstock.

“I love coming here to Karaka to buy and try and get the very best we can,” Baker said.

The colt is out of the North American-bred Take Charge, who was a two-year-old winner and a multiple Listed placegetter.

Our final offering through the ring was a Savabeel filly, Lot 216, and she ended our day on a top note when Te Akau supremo David Ellis purchased her for $190,000.

She is a daughter of the Smart Missile mare Grand Wish, who is a half-sister to the G1 Galaxy Handicap winner Griante and the immediate family of the G1 WATC Derby winner Grand Journey.

Proven Thoroughbreds and Kerry Parker Racing teamed up to purchase our bonny daughter of Almanzor for $160,000.

Lot 126 is a half-sister to stakes winner Saint Patrick’s Day and the family of the G1 Railway Stakes winner Ryan Mark.

Almanzor’s top-priced youngster on Day 1 was Lot 211 from Little Avondale Stud, a filly that was secured by Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh and Dylan Johnson Bloodstock for $260,000.