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Sale-topper off to Lees' stable

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Written by Paul Vettise

Elgin (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle {IRE}), who topped the Hudson Conway Reduction Sale, will begin his new career in New South Wales with Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.

He was purchased on Wednesday by Australian Bloodstock for $160,000 during the opening session of Inglis’ September Online auction.

“I was the under-bidder on another, but I got the one I wanted,” Luke Murrell said. “I think this horse has got a bit of upside and we want those that can be city class and I think he can get there.

“I did a fair bit of homework on the Sale and thought he would go for about what he did.”

“I did a fair bit of homework on the Sale and thought he would go for about what he did.” – Luke Murrell.

Elgin, who was a $NZ250,000 Ready to Run Sale buy at Karaka, finished third over 1600 metres at Ballarat earlier this month in his only appearance.

Watch: Elgin breeze up at the Karaka Ready to Run Sale

“He’s got a real staying pedigree and I thought it was a great run from a horse that probably wants 2400 metres later down the track.”

Elgin is out of Sandie (NZ) (Footstepsinthesand {IRE}), who was a stakes placegetter and is a half-sister to the dam of the G1 South Australian Derby winner Zabeelionaire (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}) and his sister Gondokoro, who won the G1 Queensland Oaks.

“The Inglis Digital platform has gone to another level in the last six months.” – Luke Murrell.

“The Inglis Digital platform has gone to another level in the last six months. The quality and range of stock has been outstanding and the opportunities it has offered have been fantastic,’’ Murrell said.

“Elgin is the perfect example, he’s obviously a lightly raced horse with some good upside.

“For my business, the professionalism that the Inglis Digital team offer is exceptional, you can buy off this platform with confidence and I look forward to the Sale each month as it’s been a great option for our business.”

Maher gets Kilimanjaro

The second top lot of the September Sale, set a gross record of more than $1.5 million, was another former Macedon Lodge galloper in Kilimanjaro (IRE) (High Chaparral {IRE}), which sold to Ciaron Maher Bloodstock for $140,000.

Kilimanjaro

Outside of the Hudson Conway Reduction, the 4-year-old Aphrodite Rock (Commands) headed the race fillies and mares category.

Western Australian -based operation Gervase Park Stud went to $75,000 for the Lindsay Park-consigned mare, who is bound for the breeding barn.

Kembla winner snapped up

Recent Kembla Grange winner Silent Agenda (Redoute’s Choice) was secured by Noel Mayfield-Smith for $60,000.

He is a brother to the South African Group 1 winner Wylie Hall and a half-brother to Hong Kong Group 1 winner Absolute Champion (Marauding).

Ingham Bloodstock’s young Pierro mare L’Etoile topped the broodmare section at $42,500. The 4-year-old is out of Group 3-winning mare Jade Marauder (Fastnet Rock), a half-sister to Bliss Street (Flying Spur).