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Blue Blood Fillies Continue Cracking Pace
Two royally-bred fillies were among the highest priced yearlings on Day 2 at Karaka yesterday with a Tavistock filly fetching $750,000 and a Fastnet Rock filly purchased for $725,000. Cambridge Stud prepared the daughter of Tavistock who came through the ring at Lot 159. The bay filly is out of the outstanding stakes-winning Danehill mare Diamond Like who has already produced two Group winners in Forever Loved (High Chaparral) and Zephyron (Zabeel), along with stakes performed siblings Zenella (Zabeel) and Ardeche (Dehere). The filly is a direct descendent of legendary broodmare Eight Carat, ancestress of turf luminaries such as champion Octagonal, Mouawad, Kaapstad, Diamond Lover, Tristalove, Viking Ruler, Commands, Danewin, inter alia. Peter Moody who is among a strong Australian buying bench acquired the filly with the top bid at $750,000 under his Moody Racing banner. "She’s a lovely filly from a family that speaks for itself," commented Moody. "She’s one of those magical fillies that has a page to match. We’re looking to put a few nice fillies together, my wife and a few clients, that we can race back in Australia." Less than 15 lots later, the Hallmark Stud consigned Fastnet Rock filly entered the ring at Lot 172 attracting further interest from the international bench. From the Galileo mare Dragon's Tail, the filly is a full sister to recent Gr1 Levin Classic winner Age Of Fire. She fetched $725,000 from regular Karaka visitor Adrian Nicoll, principal of BBA Ireland, for an international syndicate. "She’s a beautiful filly – the best individual I saw here," Nicoll said. "Being a full-sister to a Group One winner, it just became a no-brainer. She’ll be going to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. We’ve put a partnership together, which includes the Niarchos family."