The sales season has already been good for Kia Ora Stud, the historic Hunter Valley farm enjoying excellent success at the Magic Millions in January with a Deep Field colt exceeding expectations, sold to Orbis Bloodstock for $675,000.

The highest priced Deep Field at an auction where the breed were in great demand, his sale was a great highlight for Kia Ora who raced Deep Field with Alan Bell.

“It meant a lot to us,” said Kia Ora’s Alex Kingston who has been kept busy since preparing another “very nice bunch” of yearlings for the Inglis Easter Australian Yearling Sale…

Lot 88 br.f by Snitzel from Decelerator (Dehere): daughter of an imported Group Three winner whose last three Easter yearlings have averaged $383,000. Decelerator is a granddaughter of the Group One winning mare Fabulous Notion, dam of Group One sprinter Fabulously Fast and grandam of the stakes winners Fluke, Carrabelle Harbor, Royal Lahaina and City Of Light. Snitzel has had 16 runners out of Dehere mares, 13 of whom (81.2%) have been winners including the Group Three sprinter Malavio and three other stakes performers. “She is an athletic, well balanced, good walker,” Kingston said.

Lot 104 b/br.c by Exceed And Excel from Dream Play (Hennessy): “a very strong and precocious” half-brother to the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.2, 1400m winner Zululand (a $1.5 million Easter graduate) out of an imported Group Two winning daughter of the dual Listed winner Playcaller. Also dam of the US Group One winner Diplomat Lady, Playcaller is ancestress of stakes winners Gangbuster, Anythingyoucando and Hunter O’Riley. Exceed and Excel has sired eight runners out of Hennessy mares, six of whom (75%) are winners including the Listed winner Anevay.

Lot 159 ch.c by More Than Ready from Gunawati (Galileo): a half-brother to the promising Fortune Booth, a winner at two at Warwick Farm before heading to Hong Kong where he is a recent last start winner. His dam is a city winning daughter of Group Three sprinter One World, dam of Blue Diamond Prelude-Gr.3, 1100m winner One Last Dance. High class stallions Storm Cat and Royal Academy hail from this family as does the Japanese Champion 2YO Colt Satono Ares and recent Singapore Group Three winner Clarton Super. More Than Ready has had only five runners out of Galileo mares and all are winners and of course the More Than Ready/Danehill cross is a prolific one, producing the likes of Sebring, Benicio, More Joyous, Prized Icon, More Than Sacred, Dreamaway and Perfectly Ready. “He is a horse with good athleticism and nice balance.”

Lot 175 b.c by Fastnet Rock from Inglorious (Hennessy): ten of the 14 (71.4%) runners by Fastnet Rock out of Hennessy mares are winners including the Group One filly Irish Lights, the Group Two winner Zululand and the dual Group Three winner Fast ‘N’ Rocking. At the heart of this successful cross is the duplication (4mx5f here) of the terrific mare Crimson Saint, dam of Fastnet Rock’s dam sire Royal Academy and also of Hennessy’s sire Storm Cat. This fellow is the second foal (her first being the $900,000 Easter colt England trained by Chris Waller of an imported mare who earned the title of Champion 3Y0 Filly in Canada in 2011. Her first three dams are all also stakes winners; the Listed winner Noble Strike (also dam of Group Three winner Dixie Strike), the two times Listed winner Green Noble and the triple Listed winner Hattab Voladora. “He is very nice, a forward, correct colt.”

Lot 215 b.f by I Am Invincible from Maastricht (Mastercraftsman): bred on the same I Am Invincible/Danehill Dancer cross as stakes winners Fiesta, Vinnie Eagle and Eckstein, she is the first foal for a three times Group placed half-sister to the Goodwood Handicap-Gr.1, 1200m winner Velocitea. Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes-Gr.1, 1400m winner Orange County also hails from this family. Of interest in this filly’s pedigree is the fact that her grandsire Invincible Spirit and her dam are bred on the same Danzig/Sharpen Up/Round Table cross, and she boasts three different strains (Sir Gaylord, Secretariat, Super Gray) of the influential matriarch Somethingroyal. “She is a lovely filly, great for a first foal; big and strong.”
Lot 268 b.c by Fastnet Rock from O’Marilyn (O’Reilly): first foal for a Group One winner of the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes, 1400m winner who was also successful at Group Three level on two occasions. His grandam is the terrific broodmare Monroe Magic, also dam of the Group One Classic winners Headturner and Anacheeva as well as the Group Two galloper Kroner. This colt’s second dam sire Zabeel has crossed extremely well with Fastnet Rock, this cross producing the big race winners Atlantic Jewel and Planet Rock. A highlight of this colt’s pedigree is the presence of 3/4 brothers Nijinsky II and The Minstrel, allowing for a 5mx7f cross of Canadian Oaks-Gr.1, 1800m heroine Flaming Page. “He is another very nice first foal; compact and neat with quality.”

Lot 354 ch.c by Shooting To Win – She’s A Fox (Fastnet Rock): second foal (her first is the $600,000 filly Dunbrody Power in the John Thompson stable) for a fast Listed winning sister to the William Reid Stakes-Gr.1, 1200m winner Foxwedge. Boasting crosses of the excellent mares Natalma and La Mirambule, he can also count amongst his relations the stakes winners Count The Time, Role On Forli, Throbbin’ Heart and Miss Timebank. “He is a short-coupled, strong athlete very much like his sire. He is beautifully balanced with short cannons and thick bone.”

Lot 410 b.c by Deep Field from Twirl (Lonhro): first foal for a twice stakes placed (only just beaten in the Sweet Embrace Stakes-Gr.2, 1200m) half-sister to the Group Two placed Emotional Circus. Twirl’s grandam is the Group Three winner Piccadilly Circus, dam of dual Group One winning Champion Sire Fastnet Rock. Carries crosses of the influential mares Natalma, Special, Lalun and Eight Carat (fifth dam of Deep Field). “Another short-coupled horse, he has considerable strength.”

Lot 434 gr.f by Not A Single Doubt from Warpath (Reset): 3/4 sister to the stakes placed Alkaashef out of a talented racemare who won seven races including the Aspiration Quality-LR, 1600m. Not A Single Doubt has fared well with Zabeel line mares; success stories including the stakes winners Clearly Innocent, Gypsy Diamond and Every Faith and this filly hails from the family (the ancestress of whom is the great mare Plucky Liege) of stakes winners Limestone, The Key Rainbow, Honoria, Maximova, Final Copy, Original Script and Destined For Glory. “She is a quality filly with plenty of presence about her.”