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Van Nistelrooy Yearlings Popular In US
Meanwhile progeny of Trelawney Stud's resident shuttle sire Van Nistelrooy (Storm Cat-Halory, by Halo) proved popular with buyers in the Northern Hemisphere earlier this month with 4 colts & a filly by the 1st-season sire selling for an average NZ$$115,000 at the Fasig Tipton July Select Yearling Sale in Kentucky. A top price of US$125,000 (NZ$200,000) was paid by Sabine Stable for a Van Nistelrooy colt out of stakes-placed Crafty Prospector mare Craftimae. Van Nistelrooy has been well received by Kentucky breeders & in his debut season at Coolmore's Ashford Stud covered a large book of mares including 34 stakes-class or stakes-producing mares. Trelawney's Brent Taylor told NZ Thoroughbred Marketing: "Van Nistelrooy has made an impact in the yearling sales ring in both hemispheres. In the southern hemisphere we had some of the best judges in Australasia putting their hands up for his progeny: buyers such as Kieran Moore, John Hawkes, Paul Moroney & Ginger Tankard. And certainly in the north it's good to see big owners such as Sabine Stable purchasing his progeny. With the Keeneland Sale coming up in September, there is definitely a lot more to come." Van Nistelrooy arrived back in NZ last week & is currently in quarantine in preparation for his 4th southern hemisphere breeding season at NZ$10,000+GST.