$700,000 for Half-Sister to Kovalica

Media Release - Thursday November 23

Thursday’s highest-priced purchase by an Australasian-based buyer at the NZB Ready to Run Sale was Lot 298, a Super Seth half-sister to this year’s Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) winner and Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) runner-up Kovalica. The Kilgravin Lodge filly was bought by Queensland’s Laming Racing and John White Bloodstock for $700,000.

$700,000 for the Super Seth filly from Vitesse - image Trish Dunell

“She was a standout on looks,” Richard Laming said. “She was one of my top picks. We valued her up to $600,000 and had to go a little bit more than that, but we’ve got a really nice filly.

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“She’s a proper horse. She’s got a nice action, she breezed up great. She has a very good attitude and was nice and relaxed in the ring, so we’re very happy to get her.

“We like Super Seth. We’ve got a couple we bought as yearlings that go good. We came over here to buy another nice one, and she’s got a great pedigree, great residual and she’s an outstanding individual. She breezed up good. She had plenty going for her.

“She’s a half to a Group One winner who’s a very good horse, so she’s got that scope to hopefully show some of her brother’s ability.”

The Super Seth filly headlined a mixed couple of days for Laming, whose other purchases included the $550,000 Contributer half-brother to Hong Kong’s superstar sprinter Lucky Sweynesse. However, he was also underbidder on a Written Tycoon colt that was bought by Blandford Bloodstock for $725,000.

“We also bought Lot 303 – a Reliable Man filly for $35,000,” Laming said. “We liked the pedigree. There’s a lot of winners on the page. She’s a horse that will need time, she’ll stay over here for about six months and will probably go out now. But we like the Reliable Man fillies, we’ve got a couple that we like, so we took a punt on a cheap one.

“We really liked Lot 45 on the first day – we had a good go at him. He was well sold and well bought. We managed to come away with a really nice colt yesterday, the half to Lucky Sweynesse. He’s a cracker and we thought we got him at a good price, so overall we’re very happy.” – NZ Racing Desk

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