Record Price Paid at Perth Sale

Following hot in the footsteps of last week's record result for a breeze-up 2-year-old, in Perth, Australia, Gray Williamson of Mungrup Stud in Western Australia paid a Perth sale record A$125,000 (U.S.$91,000) for a colt by Australia's highest priced stallion Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek) at the Magic Millions Horses-In-Training Sale at Belmont Park racecourse.

The colt, offered by Oakford-based Toreby Park as agent, is from lightly-raced Sir Tristram mare Turn to Music, a half-sister to stakes-performing sire Buriton and a daughter of Reginald Allen Stakes winner Penny Row. It is also the family of local stakes winners Tempestuous, Rich Pageantry, and Speedy King, as well as international stars Tornado King and Gathering Storm.

Williamson noted he only went to the sale as an on-looker: "I did not intend to buy a horse, but I saw this colt breeze-up and had a look at him and liked what I saw. He's a dead ringer for his father and I thought he had the best breeze-up of the morning."

Williamson added it was "in the back of our minds" that the colt could be a stud prospect to stand at Mungrup if successful on the racetrack. And he added: "It was only $5,000 above Encosta de Lago's (2004) service fee. So I guess that's on the mark."