Thursday, 2 March 2017
Greta West Stud sold a Fighting Sun colt to Sun Bloodstock for $115,000 at the Inglis Premier yearling sale on Wednesday.
Sun Bloodstock's David O'Callaghan outbid a Macau-based buyer to keep the horse in Victoria. Sun International Chairman Ting Kong Cheng has the majority of his locally-trained horses with Mick Price at Caulfield.
"He's a well balanced colt and looks an early runner," Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy said. "He was prepped by Leeanne Smith at Bucklee Farm and was popular with lots of pre-sale inspections."
Greta West sold his older half-brother by Reset for $80,000 at last year's Melbourne Premier to Perth trainer Lindsey Smith. Subsequently named Disruptive, he won a Belmont barrier trial on February 6 and holds a nomination for the G2 Karrakatta Plate on April 1.
He will be the first foal to race from Lady Phoebe (Stravinsky) who won twice at Sandown for Robbie Laing. "She has a lovely Puissance De Lune filly foal at home," McCarthy added. "And she's back in foal to Fighting Sun."
Fighting Sun is a son of Northern Meteor and was one of the favourites for the 2014 Golden Slipper Stakes following a three length victory in the LR Canonbury Stakes at Rosehill. A suspensory ligament injury curtailed his career after just two starts but not before Gai Waterhouse labelled him a serious horse.
"He's all class," Gai declared. "He has everything you want to see and the acceleration he showed was electrifying."
SUN SHINES AT OAKLANDS
Fighting Sun colt with Greta West Stud's Laurie (left) and John McCarthyPhoto / Sharon Chapman