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10/05/02 Now for Scenic the Broodmare Sire

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The ongoing popularity of Scenic in the Australian breeding scene took another step this week when one of his star racetrack performers was sold for a huge price at the Australian Broodmare Sale in Sydney.

Piavonic, the mare who gunned down the champion Sunline in the Group One Manikato Stakes last year, was sold for a near sale topping price of $660,000 to one of the world’s richest men.

In foal to the Kentucky Derby champion Fusaichi Pegasus, Piavonic was purchased by Tim Boland, a New South Wales bloodstock buyer for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum.

Boland said that the Sheikh, who has a number of horses in leading stables around the country, virtually fell in love with Piavonic when she beat Sunline at her favourite track.

“The Sheikh just fell in love with her,” Boland said shortly after the hammer fell.

“She’ll (Piavonic) stay in Australia, but we’re not sure just yet what stallion she’ll go to in the spring,” he added.

Piavonic is just one of a large number of Group One winners sired by the evergreen siring sensation, Scenic.

He is also the sire of Australia’s globetrotting international star Universal Prince, a gelding who is chasing glory in Singapore this weekend.

Collingrove Victoria scored the coup of the season when they announced they would be standing Scenic at their Nagambie base in the 2002 season.

Standing alongside Bianconi, Danehill Dancer, Favorite Trick, Marju, Perugino and Rory’s Jester, Scenic will be standing at a service fee of $22,000 (inc. GST).

PIC - Quentin Lang.

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