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10th Apr


Bhima’s $1,200,000 Snitzel colt joins Waterhouse-Bott stable

Julian Blaxland of Blue Sky Bloodstock was under firm instruction from trainer Gai Waterhouse to bid fast and furiously to ensure he secured a Snitzel colt for $1,200,000, the first of two seven-figure lots bought by the combination yesterday.

The Bhima Thoroughbreds-consigned colt, who was offered as Lot 23, will be raced by an international syndicate including Eclipse Thoroughbreds who race 2017 VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Pinot (Pierro).

The colt was purchased by Blue Sky Bloodstock, Kerri Radcliffe and Waterhouse, who will train the horse in partnership with Adrian Bott.

The colt is the first foal out of the placed Stravinsky (Nureyev) mare Asscher, who is herself the daughter of Group One-winning mare Marquise (Gold And Ivory), which is the same cross that produced the recently retired dual Group One-winning colt Russian Revolution (Snitzel).

Marquise produced six winners from eight foals to race, including Group One winner Shower Of Roses (Zabeel) and the Group Three-placed Markisa (Danehill), who produced Listed winner Ocean Jewel (Ocean Park).

Among Marquise’s other daughters include the unraced mare Mazarine (Zabeel), the dam of recent Vinery Stud Stakes (registered as Storm Queen Stakes) (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Hiyaam (High Chaparral).

The colt’s third dam is the high-class producer Eight Carat (Pieces Of Eight), the dam of multiple Group One winner and champion sire Octagonal (Zabeel) and fellow Group One winners Diamond Lover (Sticks And Stones), Mouawad (Zabeel) and Kaapstad (Sir Tristram).

Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland said he and Waterhouse identified the colt at Bhima Thoroughbreds’ Scone property during on-farm inspections.

“Eclipse, George Bolton from the United States and Glenlogan Park have come into the colt,” Blaxland said.

“Bhima Thoroughbreds and Mike Fleming do a great job with their horses and they run off the farm.

“Gai, particularly, was very taken with the colt when we were up in the Hunter Valley about six weeks ago, so we are delighted to get him into Gai and Adrian’s stable.

“He was not cheap, but he is by the champion stallion, and he is a beautiful colt. Gai was not leaving without him and she hasn’t asked me to bid that aggressively on one for some time.”

Bhima Thoroughbreds’ Mike Fleming said the Snitzel colt’s sale price was a tremendous result for his breeder Bruce Wilson of Glentree Thoroughbreds.

“It is hard to judge horses in that price bracket and Snitzel can do no wrong,” Fleming said.

“He is out of a Stravinsky mare, which is the same as Russian Revolution, so it is a cross that is proven.

“He is out of a great family that just keeps getting stronger and stronger.”

A month after parting ways with Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Radcliffe was buying on behalf of American owner George Bolton, who is famed for his association with stars like Curlin (Smart Strike) and Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy) and she told ANZ Bloodstock News she was enjoying her time in Australia.

“It’s so amazing to buy a colt by the leading sire in Australia – it’s an incredible feeling,” said Radcliffe.

“George Bolton, who has supported me and has been unbelievable, asked me to buy for him in Australia. He already has a couple with Gai so I got together with her and we decided that we must have the colt. To be involved with Gai Waterhouse is absolutely amazing and also Julian, who is a great guy, so it’s a great partnership.”

On bidding in partnership with Waterhouse, Radcliffe added: “Gai has been amazing with me. She is the most amazing woman. I aspire to be like her and I’m so grateful for her support.”

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