Sold with love at first sight

12 February 2018 | Graham Fischer
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Well known South Australian harness racing enthusiast Bill Hartwig said it was a case of love at first sight.

Hartwig, and his family, paid $36,000 for a colt by the recently deceased Somebeachsomewhere at the 2018 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale at the Magic Millions complex on Sunday.

“He was the best looking yearling I’ve seen,” Hartwig said.

“He has a great body, is powerful, yet when I looked at him in the paddock he was just so light on his feet.

“I’m also told he has a willingness to work so he was always going to be a target.”

The colt, out of the black-type winning mare Morgan Abby, was prepared by Craig and Renee Judd of Benstud Standardbreds in Victoria.

Hartwig’s sons Chris, the Harness Racing South Australia Chairman, and Scott are other major investors in the colt.

“I can’t wait to see him going forward. He’ll go to Ray Holberton to be broken in and I’m excited about his future.”

The Hartwigs also purchased a Western Terror – Bute Sister filly for $16,500 from Testmating Pty Ltd.

“We didn’t plan to buy her, but I felt she was going much too cheaply,” he said.

A total of 31 yearlings went under the hammer at the Allwood Stud Farm Sale.

Horses sold are eligible for the $100,000 The Allwood, South Australia’s richest race for two-year-olds.

Mr Inter Dominion, Brian Hancock, was a guest for the sale to judge the Mitavite Best Colt and the Mitavite Best Filly.

He chose the Shadow Play – Kiss Me Monty colt consigned by Jack Panagiotou as the Mitavite Champion colt. The yearling was knocked down for $21,000 to D Howard, R Graham and D Graham.

The Mitavite Champion filly was by Modern Art out of My Sparkling Burgundy. She was consigned by Benstud Standardbreds and was sold for $20,000 to Gary Buckley.

Top price lot for the sale was $40,000 paid by Victorian trainer Andy Gath for a colt by Mach Three from Blissful Night, a sister to SA champ Come On Frank, consigned by Jenkscraft Pty Ltd.

The top price filly was by Mach Three from Vertigal, consigned by Brooklyn Lodge in New South Wales. She was sold for $25,000 to Phil Fuller of Whyalla.