Two foals from mares purchased at the Teeley Assets dispersal at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale highlighted the Keeneland November Sale on Wednesday.
A War Front – Drifting Cube colt made $1.45 million and a Medaglia D’Oro – Taste Of Heaven filly was knocked down for $525,000.
The mares were purchased by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms owner John Sikura (pictured) from Kentucky. “I felt like a fish out of water in Australia,” he recalled. “The southern hemisphere pedigrees were a bit unfamiliar and, when I got home, everybody scratched their heads and wondered if I had lost my mind.”
Sikura’s southern-hemisphere experiment was richly rewarded at Keeneland.
“The War Front colt sold fantastic,” said Sikura. “I think it’s good for international commerce that the pedigrees work and we start to trade with each other. I hope and think the Australians will feel bullish about our market and be more active in our market, show some reciprocity, because their pedigrees sell well here.”
Drifting Cube (Encosta De Lago) is a sister to Aussie sprinter Rubick from the immediate family of leading Australian sire Redoute’s Choice. Her Keeneland colt was purchased by Coolmore Stud’s M V Magnier.
“The colt will probably be sent to Europe to race,” Magnier said. “We’ve had a lot of success in the past with the family. He’s a very good mover and has a lot of quality. Let’s hope he keeps on improving.”
Taste Of Heaven (Encosta De Lago) is a winning sister to Group 1 winner and sire Manhattan Rain and a half-sister to Redoute’s Choice. Her Keeneland filly was purchased by Queensland-based Aquis Farm.