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NZB Yearlings Day-1: NZ$800k Encosta De Lago Colt
Matamata trainer Lance Noble & his wife Leigh paid top price of NZ$800,000 for a colt by Coolmore stallion & last season's Australian champion sire Encosta de Lago (the 3rd foal out of 4-time Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed 12-year-old Blues Traveller mare Giovana) during yesterday's opening session at the 2-day Premier Section (followed by the 3-day Select Section & then 2-day Festival Section) of the NZB National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka in Auckland. The colt was consigned by Lyndhurst Farm & Noble commented: "We're really chuffed to have secured him. He's a magnificent colt & I think we were lucky to get him for that price. I've got a great group of backers & once we've tidied up the last shares we'll get together & map out a plan for him."