A feature of the Durham Park Standardbreds draft for the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 7 is the number of yearlings out of North American mares.
Of the 12 strong consignment being offered by Bruce and Vicki Edward, no less than seven are from mares bred in USA and Canada.
Topping the list is the unraced Real Desire mare Tamara Hall USA, whose first foal is the brilliant Ideal For Real ($182,485), winner of last year’s NSW Derby in a 1:55.8 rate for 2400 metres highlighted by a closing quarter in 25.8. Her third foal, by American Ideal, is being offered as Lot 99.
Lot 195, a colt by sire sensation Bettor’s Delight, is out of a daughter of American Ideal in Hawiian Hottie USA (3, 1:55.2). The colt’s dam ranks as a half-sister to world champion and multi-millionaire Maltese Artist (1:48.6) and Artesian, the sire of WA champion David Hercules.
Another Bettor’s Delight colt out of an American-bred mare is Lot 175, a son of Diva DeVie USA, a Rocknroll Hanover half-sister to the Stakes winner Sand Shooter 3, 1:49.4 ($471,957).
The Bettor’s Delight mare Molly’s Lucky Star (1:54.2), a close relative of world champion and successful sire Pacific Fella, is represented by a Western Terror colt (Lot 41)
A pair of Courage Under Fire yearlings from Durham Park are from North American mares in Lot 48, a colt from the fast Western Ideal mare O Narutac Bella USA 1:51.2 ($154,536) and a filly (Lot 156) from the Artsplace mare Catapult USA (3, 1:53.4), a half-sister to the Cane Futurity winner Lyonssomewhere 3, 1:48.2 ($562,968)
Completing the list is Lot 188, an Art Major filly from the Stakes-winning mare Garden Gate Tina Ca 1:53.2 ($146,804).
The Durham Park yearlings available for inspection at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. Phone Kim Farnsworth on 0424 397 040 or Bruce Edward 0412 951 633 to arrange an appointment.
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