Capricornia Yearling Sales vendor Bob Woods of Oakwood Farm, Haigslea has every reason to be confident of his draft selling extremely well in Rockhampton at the forthcoming sale on April 2.
At the Magic Millions March Yearling Sales at the Gold Coast over the last two days, seven Top Echelon yearlings sold for a gross of $388K.
This equated to an average of just over $55,000 which is fantastic result for some of Oakwood Stud’s clients as Top Echelon (gr h 1999 Umatilla-Advisory xKingston Rule) stands at just a $3000 service fee.
On Monday at the Gold Coast Sale, the Top Echelon – Idesa Bay grey colt was equal Sales topper making $150K when knocked down to prominent Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn.
The sale naturally delighted Bob Woods.
” I am bringing four outstanding yearlings up for the Rocky Sale and I have no doubt buyers will be very impressed. They are strong athletic types well stamped by Top Echelon who has one of if not the best winning strike rates of any stallion in the country? As the sire of the Rocky Rocket in Our Boy Malachi, I am sure the two fillies and two colts will be highly sought after. The fact that high-profile trainers bought the Top Echelons at the Gold Coast speaks for itself”, Woods said.
Of particular interest to Central Queenslanders the offering of the Gainsborough Lodge bred Top Echelon filly from Hennessey Beau listed as Lot 64 at Monday’s Gold Coast Sale.
The filly is a half-sister to outstanding Rockhampton based youngster Paradise Imperial the top race winning juvenile in Australia this season.
The yearling was sold for $70K to overseas clients of Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears.
The popularity of the Top Echelon stock was instantly recognised by purchasers by other top trainers Tony Gollan, Robert Heathcote and leading North Queensland trainer Fred Weiland.
Central Queenslanders we active at the Gold Coast Sales with a Helmet-Emma Kate filly fetching $38K bought by Tony McMahon among the many local purchasers.
“That was the only Yearling we wanted so we are elated to have been able to get such a classy filly from one of the most prolific winning families in Queensland. Tony trained her close relative Daring Miss who won a stack of races in Central Queensland for us”, Jean Mc Mahon said
All the action will be in Rockhampton next week with huge race days at Callaghan Park on the Friday and Saturday preceding the April 2 Yearling Sales on the Sunday.
Given the demand for the Top Echelon stock at the Gold Coast it is expected southern buyers may also seek his yearlings out in Rockhampton.