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NZB Select Sale Day-3: $200K For O'Reilly Colt
The highest priced lot at Friday's final session of the New Zealand Bloodstock Select Sale at Karaka was fittingly the last yearling by Waikato Stud's perennial champion sire O'Reilly to go through the Karaka sale ring. Having attracted feverish bidding from many parties, Cambridge-based conditioner Roger James proved too strong with a final bid of $200,000. Catalogued as Lot 1097, the colt is from the Zabeel mare Toss Up and hails from the family of dual Oaks winner Daffodil and with this in mind James has big Derby aspirations for him. "There were only two colts I had earmarked as Derby types and he was at the top of that short list," James said. "Because of the current situation with our domestic racing it's been hard to attract owners and I've come with a significantly lower budget this year which has made it tough going." Reflecting after the sale, Waikato Stud's Mark Chittick commented: "O'Reilly's responsible for where Waikato Stud stands in the market now and it's a sad moment because he was part of the family." He added: "However, his legacy will continue on through his young stock, broodmares and his sire-sons with the likes of Shamexpress being leading first season sire at Premier this year and our own Sacred Falls whose first yearlings will be sold next year."