Coolmore Stud shuttler High Chaparral notched the second highest price during Day 2 of the NZB Premier Sale when his colt from blue-blooded mare Our Echezeaux fetched $620,000 for Pencarrow Stud.
The half-brother to Group winners Dolmabache and Pure Elegance was purchased by leading NZ buyer David Ellis who has enjoyed success with the family through G1 racehorse and sire Darci Brahma.
Our Echezeaux is a daughter of champion sire Zabeel and she is a sister to the dam of Darci Brahma and a three-quarter sister to the dam of Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner Ethereal. It’s a quality packed family that will ensure this stunning colt has a big future at stud if he measures up on the track.
The High Chaparral colt from Bombay sold for $480,000 to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Consigned by Curraghmore Stud, he is the first foal of a city winning Encosta de Lago mare whose dam is a sister to Fastnet Rock.
“He’s a cracking colt,” commented HKJC representative Mark Richards. “He has a powerful hind quarter and a great temperament. He is from a fast Encosta de Lago mare who won at two, who is in turn out of a Danehill mare, and it’s a quality family so he is an exciting colt.”
Another High Chaparral heading to Hong Kong is the colt from Queen Caelia that made $380,000. The dam is an unraced Sir Tristram mare and she has already foaled G3 winning High Chaparral filly Fairy Oak (SAJC Auraria Stakes).
Queen Caelia’s current three year-old is a High Chaparral colt named High Shot and he was a very impressive debut winner at Cranbourne in October.
Gai Waterhouse bought two High Chaparrals headed by the colt from Volksraad mare Sorestan for $360,000. The dam is a daughter of Queen Caelia and the her most recent update arrived last week when Chris Waller’s High Chaparral colt Photon Willie won his maiden at Kembla Grange.
Waterhouse also paid $300,000 for a High Chaparral – Miss Maren colt from Hallmark Stud. The dam is by Stravinsky and she was a G3 winner of the MRC Easter Cup.
Overall, High Chaparral had 24 yearlings sell at an average $223,333 at Karaka’s Premier Sale and there are big drafts of his yearlings still to be offered in Australia at the Inglis Melbourne Premier and Sydney Easter Sales.