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Keen Australian interest continued

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The third session of the Keeneland November Sale saw Australian interests continue their pursuit of American-bred mares.

Milburn Creek and Jon Freyer were active while Magic Millions’ European representative and bloodstock consultant Arthur Hoyeau also signed for two lots on behalf of an undisclosed client.

The Frenchman went to $120,000 to secure the racing and breeding prospect Fuerza (USA) out of Paramount Sales’ draft.

“She is a winning War Front filly and he is a proven sire of 2-year-olds on turf and he’s been well-received in Australia.” - Arthur Hoyeau.

Fuerza is by War Front

“She is a winning War Front filly and he is a proven sire of 2-year-olds on turf and he’s been well-received in Australia,” Hoyeau said.

“She is a racing prospect and will be shipped straight to Australia and she may get a preparation or two and will then be covered next year.

“It is the same sire line as Danzig, although a bit further back, and she should match up well in Australia.”

Group 1 family

Fuerza is out of the Distorted Humor (USA) mare Amusing (USA), who was successful as a 2-year-old and is from the family of the G1 King’s Bishop S., winner Lost In The Fog (USA) (Lost Soldier {USA}).

During Day 2, Hoyeau also bought Ravissante (USA) for the same Australian client for $200,000 out of Walnut Green’s consignment.

“She’s by Medaglia D’Oro, a popular stallion in Australia and she’s got a deep pedigree,” he said.

Ravissante is by Medaglia D'Oro

“She’ll stay here and foal down. She’s in foal to a first season sire (Practical Joke) that looks exciting and the foal will be sold here and the mare will be covered in Australia next year.

“We will make a plan for the mating in the spring of the Australian season.” – Arthur Hoyeau.

“We will make a plan for the mating in the spring of the Australian season.

Ravissante is currently in foal to Coolmore stallion, Practical Joke

“I think the different bloodlines match well with the Danehill speed lines you find in Australia. Mares are expensive everywhere, but there are new opportunities here for the breeders in Australia.”

Ravissante is from the family of former Cornerstone Stud stallion Good Journey (USA) (Nureyev {USA}), a Group 1 winner and producer.

Tapit mare secured

Jon Freyer also went to $200,000 to secure the Tapit (USA) mare Fleet Week (USA) from Gainesway’s line-up.

In foal to Empire Maker (USA), she is a half-sister to the G2 Superlative S., winner Red Duke (USA) (Hard Spun {USA}) and a grand-daughter of the G1 Yorkshire Oaks winner Bint Pasha (USA) (Affirmed {USA}).

Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Bloodstock was again in the market, this time going to $175,000 for Stormy Victoria (FR) (Stormy {FR}), a Listed winner and a Group 2 placegetter.

Blue Sky also paid $135,000 for the Paramount Sales-offered Najavo Dreamer (IRE) (Dream Ahead {USA}). A winner and a Listed performer, she is out of a sister to the stakeswinner and Group performer Cheyenne Spirit (GB) (Indian Ridge {GB}).