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Ellis 'Wake-Up Call' To NZ Breeders
Leading Kiwi owner David Ellis declared bluntly his decision to spend A$1.3 million on a yearling at the Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney last week was "a wake-up call for New Zealand breeders". Ellis bought a 1st-crop filly by Coolmore's 7-time Gr1-winning shuttler Rock Of Gibraltar (the 7th foal from Machiavellian mare Subterfuge) & told NZ Thoroughbred Marketing: "I would rather have spent this money on a filly at Karaka & the fact I couldn't find one at the NZ sales at that level in January is not good for our breeding industry. The breeders should be aware of the need to sell their best stock in NZ." Ellis noted he "went over his budget to secure the filly" but said it was money well spent, as she is "a lovely filly with a wonderful pedigree & conformation. She is very nimble on her feet. I bought her on behalf of a new overseas client of Te Akau Racing Stables." Ellis confirmed the filly (a half-sister to both Australian Gr1-performer Shania Dane & stakes-winning Hong Kong galloper Scintillation) will return to NZ to be trained by Mark Walker in Matamata.