Aussie influence stays strong at Keeneland

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Australian buyers continued their busy week at the Keeneland November Sale, with Boomer Bloodstock joining Newgate, Blue Sky Bloodstock and Andrew Williams in picking up broodmares on Day 2 in Lexington.

Newgate, through their association with SF Bloodstock, have added a sixth mare to their broodmare band for the week with the purchase of the unbeaten filly Cicatrix (USA) (Violence {USA}) for US$230,000.

She was a 7.25L winner on debut at Churchill Downs last November before winning the Glitter Woman S. at Gulfstream Park at her second start. Cicatrix is out of the stakes-placed mare Provincial (USA) from the family of well-performed pair Another Review (USA) and Dance Colony (USA).

Newgate had picked up three broodmares on day one of the sales as well as another two at the Fasig-Tipton sale on Sunday.

Andrew Williams Bloodstock signed for two lots at Tuesday's session, paying $120,000 for Allsquare (USA) (Square Eddie {USA}), who is a stakes-placed mare and a half-sister to black-type winner Barbara Beatrice (USA) (Grazen {USA}).

He also paid $65,000 for a weanling colt by Palace Malice (USA), out of Reliquary (USA) (Pulpit {USA}), who is out of black-type winner Byzantine (USA).

Blue Sky Bloodstock added a second mare for the week when paying $185,000 for Put Da Blame On Me (USA) (Blame {USA}), a multiple black-type placegetter out of stakes-winner Roman Chestnut (USA) (Roman Ruler {USA}).

Boomer Bloodstock dug deep to get Ginger N Rye (USA) (More Than Ready {USA}), eventually buying her for an Australian-based client for US$350,000.

Boomer's Craig Rounsefell said Ginger N Rye, the winner of the black-type Smart N Fancy S. at Saratoga in 2017, would make an ideal breeding prospect for Australia.

"This filly on the racetrack, she had a ton of speed on the turf, which you like to see in good races. She's a stakes-winner obviously," he told TDN AusNZ from Lexington.

"The family itself it’s a really deep family when you get into it and dig into pedigree, it’s an absolutely outstanding family." - Craig Rounsefell

"More Than Ready is well known and proven in Australia, so that's another tick. The family itself it’s a really deep family when you get into it and dig into pedigree, it’s an absolutely outstanding family."

"I feel the type she is, and with that performance and pedigree, she is easy to mate in Australia. She has a host of options. She will obviously go to the higher end of the spectrum of the stallions down there."

"She's for a client in Australia, who I have purchased in America for before. He is well established in Australia, and he liked the mare quite a lot, particularly the pedigree."

Rounsefell said the American market offered a great chance for Australian breeders to add an extra element of pace to a potential pedigree page.

"The key to buying mares in America and the key ingredient they add, is speed. When you watch races here, you have to have speed from the get-go, as soon as those gates open," he said.

"These stakes races on these better tracks, you have to be a good horse to win them. I feel the pedigrees over here can bring in some new influences. Overall, I really think that speed factor is key in Australia and here it just adds another element."