The presence of blue-blooded filly La Dolce Diva in the upcoming Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale has sparked much interest with respected bloodstock agent Steve Brem weighing in with his thoughts and drawing our attention to another former high profile yearling from a champion mare that will be offered for sale in New Zealand next Friday.
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Steve Brem - If nothing else, La Dolce Diva (pictured as a yearling) demonstrates the recessive nature of chestnut coat colour. The closest chestnuts in her pedigree are in the third generation while her fourth dam, Katsura, was a chestnut.
She is the only chestnut foal produced to date by either her dam or grand-dam, but her third dam had several chestnuts.Surprisingly, one-third of Fusaichi Pegasus' stakes-winners worldwide are chestnuts while to date his daughters have produced only one chestnut which has managed to gain black type (placed). A disappointing sire given the build-up (haven't we seen that before!), Fu Peg is probably ammunition for those misguided souls who believe good sires and pure breeding colour dominance go together.
I had La Dolce Diva (bred 3f x 4m Danzig) well below my acceptable 'buy line' as a yearling on type. That $1.2 million could have bought me a nice launch, a fleet of cars and a world trip. I note her breeders are still amongst the seven entities listed as owners by RISA. What she 'makes' will depend on whether it is D-Day and the partnership is determined to wind itself up and the filly goes into the bidding unprotected.
Steve Brem also drew our attention to the blue-blooded stallion Sun Ruler, who is listed as Lot 75 in the NZB Winter Mixed Thoroughbred Sale next Friday.
By Zabeel from the legendary champion Sunline, Sun Ruler fetched $2million when he topped the 2007 NZB Premier Yearling Sale and has won just two of 13 starts since then.
He was last seen on a racetrack in November of 2010 and is being offered to dissolve a partnership.