Swiss Ace all trumps at Karaka

Swiss Ace struck gold for Westbury Stud when his $160,000 colt from stakes placed mare Ugly Betty topped Day 3 of the NZ Bloodstock Select Sale.

“He is a real running type and I bought him for a New South Wales client who had inspected him earlier in the week,” Cambridge trainer Tony Pike explained on Friday.  “I liked what I saw as well and he looks an ideal Karaka Million type.

“He will have his early education and racing here with the aim of getting him to the Million and depending on what happens will most likely head over the Tasman after that.”

Pike has had an active sale to date where he has bought three lots under his own banner while also being involved in the Raffles Farm operation where bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster has done the buying.

Westbury resident Swiss Ace is the leading freshman sire by average (more than 3 sold) for the sale with his 12 lots sold for a total of $618,000 at an average of $51,500.  “We’re delighted the way he has sold with plenty of good judges getting involved with his progeny,” Westbury general manager Russell Warwick said. “The colt out of Ugly Betty is a super individual and I’m delighted he has gone to a great home.

“The mare was a speedy type and this guy is built in the same mould so I’m keen for him to show plenty as she is in foal to Swiss Ace again and it would be great to bring a similar youngster back in two years time.”

Swiss Ace (Secret Savings) was a G1 Oakleigh Plate winner and he also claimed the G2 Sir Byrne Hart Stakes at Eagle Farm twice and he was runner-up in the 2009 G1 Newmarket Handicap to Horse of the Year Scenic Blast.