Well known Melbourne trainer Colin Little had to wait until the third and final session of the NZB Select Sale for his quarry – Lot 887, the colt by Nom de Jeu out of Zabeel mare Recollection.
Little paid $80,000 for the athletic individual after being struck by his presence and good looks when inspecting the Goodwood Stud draft at the Karaka complex. The astute conditioner spent plenty of time over the first two days of the sale reaffirming the colt was the one he wanted to take home.
“I hadn’t marked him in my catalogue prior to the sale, but once I saw him, I was keen to buy,” he said. “The fact his sire had performed with distinction in Australia just kept making it easier to make the case.”
Little trained 2007 Cox Plate winner El Segundo and, until recently, was also represented by exciting filly Soft Sand who was sold to the Paul Messara stable prior to Christmas.
The fierce competition during the Select sale for this type of colt meant Little had to extend his budget to secure his target. “I actually only had $40,000 for him but in the heat of the battle I kept going as I really wanted him,” he explained. “Now I need to get him back home and find an owner!”
Nom Du Jeu (NZ) was a G1 winner of the 2008 AJC Derby. A son of Montjeu, he covered a big book first-up at Fairdale Stud in 2010 and among his mares was Recollection who won a Taupo maiden for Fairdale’s Fell family.
Recollection’s first two foals notched maiden wins in December – Victory Hero (O’Reilly) scored on debut at Riccarton and If I Can I Can (Iffraaj) broke through at Wanganui.