Lot 77 brown filly American Pharoah – Blue Blue Sky (Lonhro) (draft: Coolmore Stud)
David Ellis purchased her half-sister, Bright Blue Sky (Fastnet Rock), at 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and buoyed by her success he secured the filly.
Stunning and professional, Bright Blue Sky quickened easily to win very well when trialling last November at Matamata, prior to an impressive debut victory in $70,000 Fasttrack Insurance 2YO Stakes (Listed, 1200m) on 20 November at Te Rapa.
Eligible for $2m The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (Restricted Listed, 1200m) – a race for sale graduates somewhat like the Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m) – Bright Blue Sky ran good fourth in Magic Millions B J McLachlan Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m), as a lead-up, but was very unlucky in the Classic.
Sadly Bright Blue Sky passed away from a a paddock injury last month – her sister was certainly not purchased through sentiment, she absolutely satisfied every high level requirement we look for in a yearling.
The filly is by American Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile), a young sire whose stud fee increased from $66,000 (2019) to $200,000. His yearlings sold up to $1.4 million last year.
Racing Journalist Steve Haskin said: “American Pharoah was an icon; the personification of perfection – physically, mechanically, and mentally. In short, he was the ultimate racing machine.”
Champion First & Second Crop Sire, American Pharoah is going from strength to strength with over 300 winners inside last two seasons, 35 stakes’ wins, including five Group 1 and three stakes’ winners in past month.
The filly stems from a fabulous New Zealand family. Dam sire Lonhro (Octagonal), the black flash, needs no introduction. Lonhro was Champion Three-Year-Old, Champion Miler, Horse of the Year, and simply an outstanding Australian racehorse that won 11 Group 1 races.
At stud, Lonhro has left nearly 3000 winners, over 170 stakes’ winners, including 18 Group 1’s. Additionally he is a fixture among the top 10 broodmare sires in Australia.
Grand-dam Napa Sky (Stravinsky) is a half-sister to impressive Group winning mare La Sizeranne (Stravinsky), while another sister Sara Ann, has left ATC Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) winner Tavago (Tavistock), and blood-sister Estelle Collection (Stravinsky) is the dam of five-time Group 1 winning sprinter Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice).
The filly carries a Zabeel (Sir Tristram) cross on her dam-side, with third dam Tricia Ann (Zabeel) a three-quarter sister to Champion Sire Grosvenor (Sir Tristram). It is a tremendously versatile family that has left some high-quality racehorses and a dam-sire line responsible for generations of top performers in Australasia.
“She’s a really athletic mover and a filly with a beautiful head, eye, and demeanour,” Ellis said. “The mare is doing a fantastic job at stud, having already produced the sadly late, talented Bright Blue Sky.”
A 10% share is approx. $29,000 +GST
A 5% share is approx. $14,500 +GST
A 2.5% share is approx. $7,250 +GST
This includes research and sales’ expenses at cost, and also full veterinary/x-ray examinations pre sale. There is a small additional cost for your share of transport to Te Akau Stud post sale, insurance and Inglis Sales’ Series Bonus/NZB Pearl Bonus Series’ entries.