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03/04/02 Easter 2002: Santic Fishes Out Let's Elope Colt
Port Lincoln millionaire Tony Santic has netted the prized Zabeel colt from the Champion staying mare Let's Elope during the second session of the William Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney tonight.

After the selling opened at $100,000 bids were taken from many sides of the ring before Queensland based bloodstock buyer John Foote placed the winning offer of $550,000.

Foote revealed after the hammer fell that he thought the colt would have reached a higher price.

"I though he might sell for a bit more actually," Foote said.

"He's a very good looking colt and you don't have to say anything about his pedigree," he added.

The colt will carry the now familiar colours of Santic (commonly known for his troop of Smytzer horses and recent Group Two winner Royal Code) and join the stables of David Hall.

Flemington based Hall said he was excited about being given the opportunity to train such a well bred youngster.

"He's a great looking individual when I first seen him it was like 'wow'," Hall said.

The colt by offered for sale by Vinery Australia, who were acting as agents for Victorian based breeders Dennis and Margaret Marks.

Peter Orton from Vinery said the colt could be a real Derby proposition.

"He's not a precocious looking horse, but there's a lot of quality about him and he will furnish into a beautiful three-year-old," Orton said.

A daughter of Nassipour, Let's Elope was crowned as the Australian Horse of the Year in 1992 after winning the Melbourne, Caulfield and Australian Cups in Victoria.

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