Lot 542 - the Eagle Mountain colt purchased by Stephen Gray for his Singapore stable
The tragedy of the fertility issues suffered by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s international Group 1 Winner & Irish Champion 3YO, Eagle Mountain were further highlighted today when a colt from the first season sire sold for $100,000 on day one of the Select session at the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling sales.
The good looking bay colt was knocked down to the bid of Stephen Gray for a group of ex-pat kiwis who will race the colt from Gray’s Singapore stable.
Retired to stud at Brighthill Farm in 2010 after a racetrack career that included a win in the Group One Hong Kong Cup and placings in both the English and Irish Derbies, Eagle Mountain suffered with fertility problems that limited his first crop of yearlings to just two colts and four fillies. He subsequently sired a filly bred to Northern Hemisphere time and a colt that has been retained by Sheikh Mohammed.
Out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Comic Song the colt, Lot 542, was the only yearling of the original crop on offer with the fillies retained by their breeders along with the second colt who is owned by Nick and Anne-Marie King of Brighthill.
"It is bittersweet for us as we are thrilled to have the colt sell so well but also face the reality that there are no more in the pipeline," said King. "We’re delighted he has gone to a great home and we will follow his progress with great interest."
King and his wife haven’t made a decision on what they will do with the colt they bred from the stallion but are considering offering him at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run sale later in the year.
Stephen Gray was full of praise for the colt and indicated the unusual circumstances surrounding the horse would add some fun to the naming of him when he hits the track.
"He is a lovely type from a pedigree with a great genetic mix and obviously they aren’t making any more," said Gray. "He will be syndicated to a group of kiwi’s living in Singapore who have been good supporters of my stable and who like to have a bit of fun.
"There’s already plenty of thought going in to a name with suggestions along the lines of ‘And There Were Seven’ being mentioned."
Gray’s interest in the colt was piqued by the pedigree crosses in the sales catalogue and was further developed after receiving good reports from pre-sale inspections carried out for Gray by Gary Carville.