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Birchley eyes another KM with Hallmark colt
29 Jan 2014A stylish son of Showcasing was at the head of a brisk day of selling for Hallmark Stud when the Select session opened at Karaka.
The colt had more than his share of admirers and he was subsequently knocked down to Liam Birchley for $130,000.
The Queensland trainer purchased the youngster with a view to another crack at the Karaka Million.
Birchley won the feature with Sister Havana in 2010, having produced Sarge In Charge to finish second the previous year.
“He is a racy type who looks like a real athlete so I think he should be ideally suited to running early,” he said.
“He has a tremendous girth, x-rayed really well and I liked him from the minute I saw him here at the Karaka complex.”
The colt is out of the Housebuster mare Midnight Breaker, whose six foals to race have all been successful.
She is also a half-sister to the Gr 1 Underwood Stakes and Gr 1 Doomben Cup winner Perlin and the stakes winner Alodovar.
Top New Zealand form in the pedigree comes in the form of the Gr 3 Taranaki Cup winner and Gr 1 Railway Stakes runner-up Jetset Lad.
Meanwhile, an Australian-bred filly also proved popular for Hallmark when she was sold for $110,000.
The daughter of Encosta de Lago’s Group One-winning son Manhattan Rain is out the imported American mare Love Wings.
She was purchased by a syndicate that includes Byerley Park co-owner Daniel Nakhle and Barneswood Farm principals Sarah and Chris Green and Ger Beemsterboer.
The Barneswood team formerly raced the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner and NZB Filly of the Year Planet Rock.
Another notable sale for the stud was the for a son of Rip Van Winkle who made $100,000.
The colt is a half-brother to the multiple Singapore winner and Group performer Michael.
A Pins filly from the Zabeel mare Lady Catamarca also sold for $60,000. The dam is a daughter of the Gr 2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes winner Catamarca.