Lot 98 bay gelding Astern – Dragon Robe (Alamosa) $150,000 (draft: Ohukia Lodge)
Astern (Medgalia d’Oro) was a debut winner that won Silver Slipper (Gr. 2, 1100m) at his second start, and after winning Run to the Rose (Gr. 2, 1200m) fresh-up at three he then won the Golden Rose (Gr. 1, 1400m). With oldest progeny now three-year-olds, Astern has sired four stakes winners among 32 winners.
When breezing up (10.4) inside top 10 percent of times, he showed good balance and terrific amount of stretch. He is also Karaka Million eligible.
Dam Dragon Robe won over 1150 metres and half-sister to 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) winner Hasahalo (Savabeel). His third dam sire is mighty Danehill, and family of Group 2 & 3 winner Savvy Nature (Savabeel).
“It’s a good current family and he’s a first foal, which we’ve had plenty of success with,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis.
“He’s a natural running type and we were impressed with the manner of his breeze up. We will place him straight into the stables at Matamata, and give him his chance as a two-year-old.”