|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
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,"
"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
"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
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.