Kennewell Racing purchased the first southern hemisphere yearling by Equiano (Fr) for $120,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions on Wednesday.
Catalogued by Swettenham Stud, the Equiano – Subtle Breeze colt is a younger half-brother to Trust In A Gust who won the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Carat at Caulfield last Saturday.
The good-looking chestnut was targeted by Adelaide trainers Gary and Lloyd Kennewell. “He’s an nice type – athletic and strong with plenty of size,” Lloyd Kennewell said. “He’s Super VOBIS qualified so I’m sure we will be crossing the border for the bonuses.”
Equiano was a dual Group 1 winner of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and his initial northern crop of two year-olds are raring to go in Europe.
His Magic Millions colt is from USA bred mare Subtle Breeze (Storm Cat) who is a three-quarter sister to 1994 English Oaks winner Balanchine. “I bought the dam from my father’s dispersal at Keeneland in 2007,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster recalled. “We bred Trust In A Gust and the mare foaled a colt by our Group 1 sprinter Master Of Design in September.”
Balanchine was sired by champion racehorse and sire Storm Bird. The late Robert Sangster had purchased him for $1 million at the 1979 Keeneland yearling sale.
“I’m very happy with today’s result,” Adam Sangster said shortly after Lloyd Kennewell signed the sale sheet. “It’s a testament to studmaster Brian Gorman and all the staff at Swettenham.”
Equiano has a filly ex Hidden Charge (Lot 448) and a colt ex Mesh (Lot 562) scheduled to sell on Friday at the Gold Coast.