Attunga Stud

published: 17 Mar 2015 in Inglis Easter 2015 - Vendors

Buyers with all range of budgets should be able to find something nice to buy from our 11 lots

 ATTUNGA Stud, Scone, sold dual Gr.1 winner Sacred Star, the best sprinter in New Zealand at the moment, at Easter 2011 for $200,000. The gelded five year-old son of Flying Spur and the O’Reilly mare Irish Nova, has just won his past two starts there to take his career tally to eight wins and more than $NZ600,000 by late February. 

In January, he carried the top weight over 1200m to win the WRC Telegraph Handicap-Gr.1 and followed up the performance three weeks later to win the Waikato Sprint-Gr.1 (1400m). He will now be targeted at the Stradbroke Handicap-Gr.1 and is one of two recent Gr.1 winners to graduate from Attunga Stud, the other being tough international sprinter War Artist (Orpen (USA)). 

The list of graduates from this farm is impressive, but there isn’t space to name them all. The latest stakes winner from the farm is Mitraad (Northern Meteor-Fondle by O’Reilly (NZ)) who was sold at Easter 2013 for $210,000 and won the Listed Secretariat Stakes at Turffontein at only his third start to make it two wins and a placing from his three starts as a two year-old. 

Other current graduates include Vezalay (Shamardal-Tactfully, by Flying Spur) who won on debut as a two year-old and was a close fifth to Written Dash at her most recent start in the Typhoon Tracy Stakes-Gr.3 (1200m) at Moonee Valley at only her third start on February 27. Also of course, Gai Waterhouse’s good two year-old Guilietta (Snitzel-Royal Babe by Rory’s Jester) is also off the farm. 

Attunga Stud’s principal Brian Nutt is very excited about Lot 304, the Street Cry (IRE) half-brother to NZ’s Railway Stakes-Gr.1 winner Bounding (Lonhro). Crowned the Champion Sprinter in NZ in 2013-14, Bounding has the T.J. Smith-Gr.1 in Sydney as her main autumn aim. “He’s probably the best colt we’ve ever taken to a sale,” Nutt said. “He is a big strong colt, an imposing individual with good length, a great hindquarter and should develop into a lovely middle distance classic type of horse. He has the right attitude and can really move.” 

This colt has a pedigree to match his type, with his dam Believe’n’Succeed (Exceed and Excel-Arctic Drift (USA) by Gone West) being a Gr.3-winning daughter of a champion sire. Such is the  

commercial appeal of this family that Believe’n’Succeed sold as a broodmare last year for $1.1m and her brother is Gr.2 winner Kuroshio (now at stud), while sister is Listed winner Agulhas. This trio’s dam is out of the joint top filly on the 1992 US Three Year-old Free Handicap and dual Gr.1 winner November Snow (Storm Cat). We mustn’t forget this colt’s sire, the now-deceased Dubai World Cup-Gr.1 winner Street Cry (Machiavellian) whose 700 winners include track stars Zenyatta, Shocking, Street Sense and Whobegotyou, all among his 86SW. 

Of the 10 others in the his draft, Nutt really likes Lot 219, a Northern Meteor filly from stakes placed Tactfully (Flying Spur) who is a half-sister to talented Vezalay. “She is a filly who looks like a colt with a very deep girth, a great hindquarter and she is a great mover,” Nutt said. Her dam, Tactfully, was Group placed and has been a good producer with five foals to race, all winners. This is the family of stakes winners Royal Discretion, Roulettes and NZ Gr.1 winner Albany Reunion. 

Another filly with plenty to like about her is Lot 263, by Lonhro from NZ Royal Stakes-Gr.2 winner Adaline (Court of Jewels-Red Covet by St Covet). “She is the spitting image of her father, very athletic with a kind attitude and very correct. The Lonhro/Danehill line cross is working extremely well, and this filly is a great example of it,” Nutt added. Adaline’s first foal, Encosta Line (Encosta de Lago) is city placed from only two starts at two this season. This is a strong family whose members include Hong Kong Sprint-Gr.1 winner All Thrills Too (St Covet), and stakeswinning siblings Gotta Have Heart and Crossyourheart, both by Show a Heart. 

The AJC Sires’ Produce-Gr.1 winner Manhattan Rain (an Encosta de Lago half-brother to champion sire Redoute’s Choice) is starting to hit his straps as a sire, and his son, Lot 143, is the first foal of stakes winner Roulettes (Flying Spur) who is a half-sister to dual Gr.3 winner Royal Discretion (Royal Academy). Inbred 3fx3f to Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad and also inbred 4fx3f to the Mr. Prospector mare Rolls (USA), this colt is from a strong family with three recent stakes winners, including NZ Easter Handicap-Gr.1 winner Albany Reunion (Fastnet Rock). “This colt is a dead-ringer for his sire. The dam is a very powerfully built two year-old type, but this guy has more scope.” 

Lot 280 is a filly by Snitzel from Ana’s Mail (Anabaa), a mare who won three races including a city class two year-old event. She is well related as the half-sister to Gr.3 winner Shanzero (Danzero), stakes winner What’s the Mail (Flying Spur) and is a sister to Group placed Emerging Star. This is the family of Brisbane Cup-Gr.1 winner Danestorm (Danehill). “This filly has been the biggest improver in this draft over the yearling preparation. She has a lot of Anabaa about her and is an early running type.” 

Attunga Stud is fortunate to have two from the last crop of ill-fated Northern Meteor in this draft, and the second one is Lot 469, a filly from winner Snippety Eve (Pins), who has already left a four-time city winner, Fort Chauvel, who ran fourth in the MVRC St Albans Stakes-LR. This yearling’s dam is a half-sister to NZ Gr.2 winner Our Famous Eve (Fast ‘n’ Famous), from a tough family that includes SAJC Australasian Oaks-Gr.1 winner Irish Darling (Ivory’s Irish), dam of two year-old Listed winner and now sire Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor). “She’s very typical of her sire,” Nutt said, “with a good girth, correct, good attitude but might take a bit of time.” 

In the second session, Attunga Stud has Lot 518, an Al Maher colt from Bravo Zulu (Military Plume) who won city class races on both sides of Australia and was Gr.1 fourth, and has been a very good broodmare with all of her four runners winning races. The obvious standout is her son Grand Zulu (Grand Lodge) who won the STC BMW Stakes-Gr.1 in track record time, and all up Bravo Zulu’s four winners have won a staggering 23 races. 

Not only that but Bravo Zulu is a half-sister to stakes winner Shalt Not, dam of the talented Gr.2 winner Amelia’s Dream (Redoute’s Choice). “This colt is a neat, compact horse who is very strong and throws to the family who can obviously leave a talented two year-old.” 

Last but not least, is Lot 598, a Commands filly from dual 1000m winner Quantum Leap (Regal Classic (CAN)) who has been a great broodmare, leaving two stakes winners in SAJC DC McKay Stakes-Gr.3 winner Outlandish Lad (Fantastic Light) and VRC Hilton Stakes-Listed winner He’sfantastic (Fantastic Light). This is a nice running family and Nutt says, “She is a typical Commands filly, average size yet athletic but needs some patience.” 

Nutt is happy with his Easter yearlings, saying they make up a “nicely balanced draft” with a couple of absolute standout types. “Attunga Stud stacks up well in terms of racetrack results given that it is a smaller farm with less to invest than some of our competitors. Buyers with all range of budgets should be able to find something nice to buy from our 11 lots.”

Session 1 lot list - click on the $ sign to see sale history for that mare

Year Sale Lot Name Sex Type Sire Dam Sire of Dam Price Buyer Vendor
2015 ISE 143  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Manhattan Rain  $ Roulettes  Flying Spur (AUS) NS NULL Attunga Stud
2015 ISE 219  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Northern Meteor  $ Tactfully  Flying Spur (AUS) NS NULL Attunga Stud
2015 ISE 263  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Lonhro  $ Adaline  Court of Jewels (NZ) NS NULL Attunga Stud
2015 ISE 280  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Snitzel  $ Ana's Mail  Anabaa (USA) NS NULL Attunga Stud
2015 ISE 304  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Street Cry  $ Believe'n'succeed  Exceed and Excel (AUS) NS NULL Attunga Stud