Lightning strikes at Oaklands

Lightning is likely to strike twice for Belmont Bloodstock (FBAA) with the Sepoy – Beauty World filly that was knocked down for $400,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

She’s a half-sister to stakes-winners Lite’n In My Veins, Hi World, Loveyamadly & Ducimus and was the top-priced filly on Day 2 at Oaklands Junction.

Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy bought her on behalf of Milburn Creek owner John Muir.  “John always likes to buy a filly each year with an eye to a future broodmare and this filly is a perfect example of that,” Gabbedy said.  “She’s got the best pedigree of any filly in the sale and you have to pay a premium for fillies like her.”

The Sepoy filly was bred by WA-based Oakland Park studmaster Neville Duncan and was sold through the draft of Blue Gum Farm.

That same modus operandi was responsible for Handsome Bo Bo who won the Citigold Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin last week.

Handsome Bo Bo is the final foal from Sadler’s Girl (Fr) who was bought by Gabbedy on behalf of Oakland Park for $80,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.  Covered by Helmet later that year, she foaled a colt that Duncan sold for $120,000 through Blue Gum at the 2016 Melbourne Premier.

Pin-hooked by Esker Lodge, his value increased to $240,000 when targeted by Willie Leung’s Magus Equine at the 2016 NZB Karaka 2YO Sale.

Exported to Hong Kong in August 2017 and named Handsome Bo Bo, he broke through second time out for trainer Manfred Man.  He had worked at both ends when fourth on debut in January but was able to dictate in front for Zac Purton last Sunday.

Still only a three-year-old, he gave a comprehensive kick at the business end of the race to win by just under a length in what was a very encouraging effort.  He remains eligible for another Class Four and will comfortably handle the raise in weight if he manages to get a look at an inside draw for a change.

Handsome Bo Bo’s dam Sadler’s Girl (Sadler’s Wells) was imported to Australia in 2006 and won at Sandown and Ballarat for Danny O’Brien.  She is from a half-sister to the Sadler’s Wells Group 1 racehorse and sire Barathea.

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