Group 1 winner Miss Wilson was sold for $A900,000 at yesterday’s Magic Millions Broodmare Sale in Queensland.
The daughter of Stratum, bred and owned by Hawke’s Bay couple Richard and Liz Wood, was offered by Greg and Jo Griffin’s New South Wales property of Lime Country Thoroughbreds and was purchased by Kia Ora Stud’s Andrew Perryman.
Miss Wilson, who is in foal to the Widden Stud-based sire Zoustar, had 25 starts from the Hastings stable of John Bary for seven wins, four seconds and three thirds. She won the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha and also recorded Group 3 victories in the Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham and Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings.
She is a half-sister to five-time Group 1 winner Jimmy Choux, while her third dam bred three winners including top three-year-old Danamite and stakes winner Gale.
Jo Griffin of Lime Country Thoroughbreds expected the mare to sell well given how popular she was during inspections.
“We’re very happy with that,” Griffin said. “We priced her between $800,000 and a million and she was obviously on the market fairly early. She was the most inspected mare in the draft.
“Obviously the Zoustar mating was a big sell and he is perfect for her as a type. The owners are New Zealand clients that used to do business with us and they are retaining the Redoute’s Choice half-sister and will breed from her going forward.
“The breeders raced this mare and they bred Jimmy Choux as well, so they know the family.”
Andrew Perryman, bloodstock manager at Kia Ora, said he had earmarked the mare as the one he wanted.
“She is a really athletic mare – a great type, plenty of bone and she ticked all the boxes for us,” he said.
“It’s great to secure her for Kia Ora. We’ll go home and see what she throws and make up our minds where to send her after that.
“When I saw her in the barn on the first day of being here, I really liked her and she is a mare that we really wanted.”
As to plans for the Zoustar foal, Perryman continued: “Kia Ora tends to sell its stock through the sales ring so there is a high chance that the progeny will be back here.”