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03/04/02 Easter 2002: Strong Bidding for Runaway Filly
The filly that caused a temporary shutdown of the Sydney Airport last week has sold above expectations during yesterday's first session of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale at Newmarket in Sydney.

By the all conquering New Zealand sire Zabeel, the filly, who is nicknamed "spaghetti," escaped from her cargo box shortly after being unloaded from a 747 aircraft which had flown her across the Tasman to Australia.

The filly, who is from the dual Group Two winning Centaine mare Arletty, was close to being destroyed after her airport dash.

"Spaghetti" was purchased by Darley Australia, the local property of one of the world's richest men Shiekh Mahommed bin Rashid al Maktoum. She was knocked down for $480,000. The final bid was placed by Darley's Bloodstock Agent John Ferguson.

The filly was offered by sale by leading New Zealand property Rich Hill Stud and their manager John Thompson was pleased with the price which was more than double her reserve.

"We're thrilled with the result as you can imagine," Thompson enthused.

"The reserve was just $200,000 and you couldn't wish for her to go to a better home," he added.

Arletty a winner of the Villiers Stakes and Queen of the Turf Stakes, both Group Two events in Sydney, is a three quarter sister in blood to Saturday's AJC Oaks equal favourite Sixty Seconds.

The $480,000 yearling purchase was the first foal of the daughter of Centaine. She is by New Zealand's champion sire Zabeel.

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