Expensive Lomar Park graduate Valentia turned heads at the Randwick trials on Monday.
Valentia (2c Fastnet Rock – Smart Company by Mister C) defeated stablemate Sun Force by over a length in a 734 metre hit-out. The runner-up is a More Than Ready colt from Group 1 winning mare Samantha Miss.
Lomar Park owner Fred Peisah sold Valentia for a sale-topping $1,350,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions. It was the highest price seen at the sale since 2009.
Gai Waterhouse trains the colt and Peisah kept a share with successful bidders Coolmore Stud. “He looked a nice type in the trial,” Peisah said on Tuesday. “We don’t want to push him too early and he won’t be ready in time for the Magic Millions Classic.”
Lomar Park will offer a Commands half-sister to Valentia at the 2014 Magic Millions. Catalogued as Lot 86, she is the first of seven yearlings in its draft for the Gold Coast.
Waterhouse is on holidays in Europe, however, her post-sale comments ring true nearly a year later. “He’s a magnificent colt,” she said back in January. “He’s poetry in motion and the last colt I said that about was Pierro.”
Valentia’s dam is a sister to Lomar Park bred stars Super Elegant (G1 Doomben 10,000), Elegancy (G2 SAJC Angus Brut Classic) and Mister Elegant (G3 VATC Victoria Hcp).
Smart Company foaled a filly by Coolmore Stud shuttler High Chaparral in August.