NZB Ready To Run Sale Sale-Topper Breaks Maiden at Canterbury

Mark Smith - Wednesday May 15

Narrowly defeated at his career debut at Kembla on April 27, the 2-year-old Star Turn colt Megastar Heart went one better in the Golden Mile @ Darley Hcp (1400m) at Canterbury.

Ridden by Tom Sherry for Annabel Neasham, Megastar Heart led at every call to defeat The Autumn Sun colt Mr Artemisia by a half-length, with the Brave Smash (JPN) gelding Smashing Time back in third.


"He a lovely horse but still very babyish," Annabel Neasham said.

"He was wandering around, swishing his tail in the straight.

"He has always shown a lot and they ran good time at Kembla, so we came here confident.

"The heavy track was a bit of an unknown.

"He will certainly go up in trip. He is a lovely, big, strong horse.

"Well done to (owner) Pato Leung, who bought him at the breeze-up sale. He wasn't cheap, a very expensive purchase, but it looks as though he will repay him.

"He is still big and raw and will only improve as a 3-year-old. Whether we give him a trip to Brisbane, we will see how he comes through this, but he is a horse with plenty of promise."

Bred by Dr Ian Duckworth and consigned by Fairview Park Stud to the 2023 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Megastar Heart was a $120,000 purchase for Solari Bloodstock.

Reoffered by KB Bloodstock to the 2023 NZB Ready To Run Sale, the son of Star Turn made a sales-topping $825,000 to the bid of Hong Kong-based Pato Leung.

A $120,000 Inglis Classic yearling, Megastar Heart sold for a sale-topping $825,000 at the NZB Ready To Run Sale

He is the first live foal of the winning Foxwedge mare Commonwealth.

A $250,000 yearling, Commonwealth is out of the Canny Lad mare Our Pride And Joy, a half-sister to 4-time Group 1 winner  Criterion, Group 1 Doomben Cup winner Comin' Through, Group II BTC Cup winner Varenna Miss, and Listed winner Silently.

Commonwealth has a yearling filly by Anfers that sold for $30,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. She was covered by Hitotsu last spring, having missed to Saxon Warrior in 2022.

Star Turn stands the forthcoming season at Vinery Stud for $27,500.



Race Result - Golden Mile @ Darley Hcp 1400m

Randwick-Kensington Track: Heavy(9) Time: 1:27.37
Megastar Heart
- 2c Star Turn (AUS) x Commonwealth (AUS) (Foxwedge (AUS))
Tnr: Annabel Neasham Rdr: Tom Sherry 57
NZB Ready To Run Sale $825,000
Seller: KB Bloodstock
Buyer: Mr. Pato Leung
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $120,000
Seller: Fairview Park Stud, Grose Wold
Buyer: Solari Bloodstock
Mr Artemisia
- 2c The Autumn Sun (AUS) x Sultry Dreamer (AUS) (Dream Ahead (USA))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: J B Mc Donald 57.5
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $150,000
Seller: Arrowfield Stud, Scone
Buyer: Hermitage Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
Smashing Time
- 2g Brave Smash (JPN) x Trick (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Tnr: R & L Price Rdr: Tommy Berry 58.5
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $180,000
Seller: Attunga Stud, Scone, NSW (As Agent)
Buyer: Robert & Luke Price
- 2c Churchill (IRE) x Dancing Hare (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: Tim Clark 55.5
Dark Arts
- 2c Snitzel (AUS) x Zasorceress (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Tnr: M, W & J Hawkes Rdr: Zac Lloyd 56.5
Just Feelin' Lucky
- 2f Justify (USA) x Phylicia (AUS) (Pierro (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Freedman Rdr: Dylan Gibbons 54
Captain Love
- 2c Trapeze Artist (AUS) x Little Bita Love (AUS) (Snippetson (AUS))
Tnr: Richard & Will Freedman Rdr: A Hyeronimus 56.5
- 2f Too Darn Hot (GB) x Intrigue (AUS) (Deep Field (AUS))
Tnr: Ms K Waugh Rdr: J Ford 54
Go Zola
- 2f Flying Artie (AUS) x Tramotane (AUS) (Northern Meteor (AUS))
Tnr: David Payne Rdr: Reece Jones 54.5
- 2f Too Darn Hot (GB) x Zenalicious (AUS) (Choisir (AUS))
Tnr: Craig Carmody Rdr: Jean Van Overmeire 54.5
Dance Dance Dance
- 2c Highland Reel (IRE) x Misso (AUS) (Magnus (AUS))
Tnr: Darren Treacy Rdr: Ms K Adams 55.5
My Cartouche
- 2f American Pharoah (USA) x Myladyluck (AUS) (New Approach (IRE))
Tnr: Craig Carmody Rdr: Molly Bourke 52
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