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Shamexpress Sibling Fetches $825K
A brother to Gr1 winner Shamexpress (O'Reilly-Volkrose, by Volksraad) was the top seller on day one of the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka yesterday when selling for $825,000 to astute bloodstock judge Alan Bell. Consigned by Richard Rutherford's Beltana Stud in Canterbury, the prized colt (Lot 10) is from the final crop of deceased champion sire O'Reilly out of the Volksraad mare Volkrose, who hails from the family of Caulfield Cup winner Affinity and Irish Oaks winner Celina. Bell has established a reputation as an outstanding judge of horseflesh with his distinctive grey and red diagonal striped silks being carried to victory by gallopers such as champion Grand Armee, outstanding grey sprinter Schillaci, Primacy, and more recently Deep Field and Star Turn. "John Hutchinson, a bloodstock agent from Scone Bloodstock Services, has been here for a week and identified him as one of the top colts at the sale," Bell told theinformant.co.nz. "I arrived here on Saturday and saw him then and agreed with that assessment. He just had that real racehorse look about him. He's a brother to a top-class Australian racehorse in Shamexpress, and he comes from a great breeder." Bell added: "O'Reilly's been a top sire for a long time now, and who knows – this one might be his tour de force. He had everything we look for in a colt."