E Thoroughbred's Tony Bott (buying for an overseas client) paid Aust$680,000 for 5-year-old stakes-winner Taken (Gilded Time --Isle of Pines, by Kris) who has not been to stud. Taken (consigned by Widden Stud as agent) recorded six wins and earned $208,320 prize-mone.
Bott summed up: "She is a great mare. I hoped to be able to buy her for between $500,000-$600,000, but the market is very strong."Her dam, Isle of Pines, has produced five named foals (all winners) also including group III winner Tall Timbers.British-based Badgers Bloodstock agent Grant Pritchard-Gordon paid Aust $600,000 for Snitzel's stakes-performed 2-year-old half-sister Wiener (More Than Ready --Snippets' Lass, by Snippets), who has not been to stud. Wiener (consigned by Riverslea Farm as agent) finished third in last October's listed Gimcrack Stakes at Randwick in Sydney. Her stakes-winning dam, Snippets' Lass. won seven races, and her group I-winning millionaire half-brother Snitzel (by Redoute's Choice) also won seven races (six stakes) and begins stud duties this spring at Arrowfield Stud. Multiple group I-winning sire Starcraft's senior part-owner Paul Makin (who accompanied Pritchard-Gordon) confirmed Wiener "won't race again: she'll be heading to Starcraft."