“I have very mixed feelings, but in the end it was too much money to refuse.” This is how Southland harness racing owner Lester Smith described his feelings after the sale of the quality Duke Of Cornwall colt was confirmed today.
The colt was purchased by American owner Richard Poillucci who has obtained numerous standardsbreds bred in New Zealand over the years. Among them, Shartin N, the 2019 Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year in the US – she won forty-six of her sixty-eight starts and cashed in $ 2,667,563. Shartin N became the fastest mare in history, covering a mile in 1: 46.4 at The Meadowlands.
The Duke of Cornwall’s deal estimated at $ 500,000 was negotiated by John Curtin of JC International who sent Auckland Veterinary Center vet Tim Montgomery south last week to examine the foal.
“The vet told me he had never had a horse so well controlled. He had a huge windpipe, it’s like a tunnel there, big lungs, and great heart recovery. I was going to ask Brendon Bell (local vet) to watch him, but he couldn’t do it until Monday and the horse flies to Auckland on Tuesday night, ”Curtin said.
Curtin says this is the biggest sale of a racehorse he’s been involved with.
“I’ve been selling horses since 1989 and exported 1,000 horses. When I was buying them for Joe Muscara, I was buying six a week.
Lester Smith said the pressure to sell the colt came after his victory at Young Quinn Raceway on 15the December.
“The phone has turned hot red since it ran 1-52 in Wyndham, parked, intact, and did it easily. Matty (Williamson – pilot) said he had more to give. I deliberated for about a week and finally gave them the go ahead to examine the horse on Friday. John was the main actor and really blew up the rest of the water.
The colt will head first to Australia where he will be coached by Luke McCarthy with the New South Wales Derby as one of his goals. He is also nominated for the Breeders Crown. Curtin believes Duke Of Cornwall may only have a handful of starts in Australia. A race in Melton on the night of the Hunter Cup at the end of the month is scheduled.
The sale also recognizes Winton’s trainer Lauren Pearson and partner Brent Barclay who developed the colt.
“They are happy that it has been sold. There would have been a lot of traveling across the country, which doesn’t really get them very excited. “
Duke of Cornwall is by Sweet Lou apart from Christian cullen Mare Galleons Cheer. Galleons Honor won her first start at the age of three at Alexandra Park in September 2009 by beating Secret Potion with a nose with Twist n Shout third. It was owned by the late Kerry Hoggard and trained by Gareth Dixon.
“After her first win, she wasn’t quite the same,” Smith said.
After she finished racing in the North Galleons, the honor was purchased by Smith, and Pearson trained her at Winton for a while.
“I bought it at a scatter sale that Kerry Hoggard had. Peter Lagan bid on it for me and we got it for $ 25,000. Kerry had paid $ 80,000 for the mare when he bought her. “
As a broodmare she left the winners of forty-four races which took home $ 358,973. Dazed And Confused (9 wins $ 32,784 – 1-56.6), Venice Beach (11 wins $ 92,748 – 1-52.1)), Duke Of Wellington (8 wins $ 109,360 – 1-53.6) , Rise Above This (8 wins $ 59,502 – 1-52.2), Broadbeach (4 wins $ 34,434 – 1-57.8) and Duke Of Cornwall (4 wins $ 30,145 – 1-52.6).
“She’s been a terrific mare, not reporting a lot of change from the $ 800,000 (including stakes and sale prices),” Smith said.
Duke Of Cornwall had their first Group 3 start in the New Zealand Kindergarten Stakes last season, finishing fourth behind Akuta. He won his first race at Invercargill in October when driven by Matty Williamson.
Smith has sold many horses to Australia over the years, including Atitagain who won an Australian Group 1 Pace Championship, finished third in the South Australian Pacing Cup in Group 1, third in the Victoria Cup in group 1st and second in the 2001 Interdominion final at Parc d’Albion. He won twenty-eight races and $ 787,945 and was named Grand Circuit champion for Australasia. His victories in New Zealand also included the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes in 1996.
“It was the most expensive horse I have sold so far,” said Smith.
Smith also owned First Glimpse which won the 1991 Oceania El Dorado final at Moonee Valley.
Galleons Honor has an Art Major filly and is bred with Bettors Wish.
“I will try to make the Art Major filly run. I took a bit of a risk with Galleons Honor. If she had died as a foal and the foal had died, there would be no more reproduction of this line. Fortunately I have a filly and with the mare I now have two breeding options.
Smith currently has a full brother to the Duke of Cornwall named Duke of Scotland along with Pearson and Barclay.
And he bought an Art Major foal out of fourteen winning Spanish Armada mares from Fleur and Todd Anderson.
“I bought it after the sales. He did a few months of labor, whether he had a two-year-old or not, it’s doubtful.
With Ragazzo Mach, You’re So Fine, Watch Be Now and Duke Of Cornwall having all sold out in the last twelve months and for an insanely good price, there has been a drain on Southland’s premium blood supply. . However, we hope that, as always, the next one will be right around the corner.
Through Bruce stewart