Mainland Banner fetches $135,000

J Scott Former News, Latest News


Former champion racemare Mainland Banner (1:55.1) was sold for $135,000 to Nevele R Stud’s General Manager Peter O’Rourke, as agent, on behalf of Peter Chambers, at the Cullen Breeding Dispersal Sale at Christchurch’s Addington Raceway on Sunday August 29.

The realisation that the 2005 New Zealand Cup-winning mare can only have foals by embryo transfer was of no concern, according to Mr O’Rourke.Peter_ORourke_

“There is more chance annually to get foals with embryo transfer,” he said.

A first-up consort under her new ownership will be top American sire Rocknroll Hanover, who has frozen semen availabe at Nevele R.

Mr O’Rourke said Mr Chambers was also looking at one or two others from the Ian Dobson draft, but Mainland Banner had been the prime focus.

“We paid a little bit more than we wanted, but at the same time she probably wasn’t beyond budget,” he said.

Mainland Banner was a racetrack sensation, winning 17 races and $684,580, when prepared by at West Melton by Robert Dunn.

The 9YO daughter of Christian Cullen and Corporate Banner had been served by Mach Three.

She has had two foals to date _ Peruvian Banner, a qualified 3YO Peruvian Hanover filly who raced once last term at two, and Stunin Banner, now a 2YO colt by McArdle.

Another to fetch six figures was Crown Counsel (TT, 1:58.1), served by Christian Cullen, who was purchased by Sydney couple Emilio and Maria Rosati, for $100,000.

Crown Counsel (10m Western Hanover-Classic Blue Jeans), a half-sister to former fast pacer Attorney General (1:48.4, US) and closely-related to another speed horse in Falcons Blue Jean (1:51.8, US), has left four foals including useful North Island winner Cullens Crown (five wins).

The Rosati’s also secured Not Guilty Cullen, Crown Counsel’s yearling Christian Cullen colt, for $37,000.

Former smart filly Idancedallnight (Presidential Ball-Ciccio Star), served by Christian Cullen, sold for $50,000 to Winton couple John and Katrina Price. Katrina trains at Winton with father in law, Roger Price.

Idancedallnight won six races and  $103,655 including the Nevele R Stakes at two.

Mywayorthehighway (In The Pocket-Shoshana Hall), winner of $101,133 on the track from 10 wins for Mr Dobson, sold for $30,000 to Saratoga Farm, Rangiora. She had been served by former Horse of the Year Elsu.

Auckland businessman John Street paid $24,000 for the unraced 5YO mare Tania Tandias (Falcon Seelster-Tandias Courage), served by Christian Cullen.

Her grand-dam Tandias Courage was Australian 2YO Filly Pacer of the Year in 2000. She won 10 races in Australia and a further 13 in North America, taking a 1:53.6 mile mark. She is closely-related to another former top Australian filly in Mother Courage (30 wins and $462,520).

A total of 37 lots were offered (one withdrawn), selling for an aggregate of just over $720,000.

By Jeff Scott

Sales details were:

1 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Albert Albert-Achy Breaky Heart, HJ & LM BUTSON, Temuka, $2000.
2 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Armbro Operative-Nicola Poplar, MATT LOOSE, Christchurch, $1000.
3 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Soky’s Atom-Splish Splash, BD & SA MCINTYRE, Gore, $300.
4 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Presidential Ball-Delightful Chance, MR N A TIMMS, Gore, $30,000.
5 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Falcon Seelster-Electrofying Franco, YESBERG BLOODSTOCK, Christchurch, $12,000.
6 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Christian Cullen-Corporate Banner, Peter O’Rourke (as agent), Christchurch, $135,000.
7 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Safely Kept-Now And Zen, BRUCE GREENHALGH, Christchurch, $8500.
8 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Mach Three-Beach Dahrlin, SUCCESS STUD, Australia, $56,000.
9 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M In The Pocket-Shoshana Hall, SARATOGA FARM, Rangiora, $30,000.
10 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M In The Pocket-Steady Niatross, RENA JOHNSEN, Gore, $1400.
11 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Badlands Hanover Never Before Franco BD & SA MCINTYRE, Gore, $2000.
12 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Armbro Operative Laughing Sable GLEN KOWHAI FARMING CO LTD, Hastings, $600.
13 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Abercrombie Sunburn MR STEVE CLEMENTS, Australia, $18,000.
14 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Christian Cullen Inaugural Princess MR D KENNEDY, Otautau, $10,000.
15 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Holmes Hanover Ryal Robyn MR DG FEAST, Christchurch, $4250.
16 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Falcon Seelster Tandias Courage, LINCOLN FARM, Kumeu, $24,000.
17 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: F Bettor’s Delight-Under Cover Lover, STUDHOLME BLOODSTOCK LTD, Christchurch, $34,000.
18 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Abercrombie-Top Shelf, CLEMENCE DRILLING, Kaiapoi, $2200.
19 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Soky’s Atom Bee Gee’s Dream, FJ & KV PRICE, Winton, $8500.
20 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Western Hanover Classic Blue Jeans, E & M Rosati, Australia, $100,000.
21 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Falcon Seelster-Awesome Dream, MR PG MULDER, Invercargill, $5500.
22 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Holmes Hanover-Easy Key, CHESTER FAMILY TRUST, Auckland, $12,000.
23 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Presidential Ball-Erin Brockovich, GARETH DIXON (as agent), Clevedon, $30,000.
24 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M I Am A Fool-Life’s A Fitch, MR N A TIMMS, Gore, $300.
25 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: M Presidential Ball-Ciccio Star, FJ & KV PRICE, Winton, $50,000.
26 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: C Christian Cullen-Imabluesgirl, MR STEVE CLEMENTS, Australia,  $10,000.
27 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: C Christian Cullen-Lynne Falcon, Withdrawn $0.
28 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: F Peruvian Hanover-Mywayorthehighway, CRAN DALGETY, West Melton, $3000.
29 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: C Christian Cullen-Niftey Franco, Peter O’Rourke (as agent), Christchurch, $15,000.
30 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: C Christian Cullen-Nina Myers, MR J KEAST, Christchurch, $14,000.
31 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: F Christian Cullen-No Paba, MR D BENNETT & MS LA JOYCE, Rangiora, $12,000.
32 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: Robyn’s C C, B f Christian Cullen-Robyn’s Finale, MR TREVOR LINDSAY,  Australia, $17,500.
33 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: Peruvian Ouzo, B c Peruvian Hanover-Acropolis, EJ SWAIN & TA COLLEY, Invercargill, $400.
34 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: Allnighter Cullen, B f Christian Cullen-Champagne Party, CLEMENCE DRILLING, Kaiapoi, $11,000.
35 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: Not Guilty Cullen, B c Christian Cullen-Crown Counsel, E & M Rosati, Australia, $37,000.
36 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: Electric Cullen, B f Christian Cullen-Electrofying Franco, E & M Rosati, Australia, $15,000.
37 CULLEN BREEDING LTD: Rockin Cullen B f Christian Cullen-Idancedallnight, CRAN DALGETY (as agent), West Melton, $20,000.