Day 4 Melbourne Premier Sale – Zabeel lookalike leads Session II

The colt by Melbourne Cup winner Americain topped Melbourne Premier’s Session II Sale at Oaklands on Wednesday.

A member of the Swettenham Stud sire’s second-crop, he’s from Reveal The Goddess (Zabeel) and will be trained by Tony McEvoy after making $175,000 at Oaklands.

When McEvoy first laid eyes on the colt, all he could see was Zabeel.  He was underbidder to Thomas Loke but ended up with the younger after congratulating the Singapore-based businessman’s representative.

“I told him I thought the horse looked exactly like Zabeel.  I was at Lindsay Park when Zabeel came through as a yearling and this horse just kept giving me flashbacks of him.

“As it turns out, the owner wanted to keep him in Australia and didn’t have a trainer, so after a short discussion they offered me the horse which is really exciting.

“You won’t see him run at two.  I will take him home and give him time to develop into a Melbourne Cup winner!”

The Session II average was down 6% to $42,868 and the clearance rate dropped 4 points to 84%, however, Inglis Victorian manager Simon Vivian described the entire four days of Premier selling as a great success all round.

“Vendors left happy, buyers left happy, there was a great atmosphere on every day with great crowds,” Vivian said.  “And to set a new record with the $1.40 million colt on Day 2 was fantastic.”

Americain colt tops Session II at the Melbourne Premier Sale