Darley stallion Kermadec is on his way thanks to a brilliant win by his two-year-old filly Montefilia at Newcastle.
The David Payne-trained filly ran down the leaders on debut and gave Kermadec that important first winner from only seven racetrack runners in Australia and New Zealand.
A brilliant miler for leading trainer Chris Waller, with a Group One Doncaster win at three, Kermadec is a son of Teofilo and his first crop of horses met with strong demand when sold at Australasian sales in 2019.
His highest price yearling was a colt sold at the Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne for $520,000 while another 19 of his progeny made $100,000 or more.
Montefilia was one of these, fetching $130,000 at the Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast after being sold as a weanling for $62,000 the previous year.
Ontrack purchased a Kermadec colt out of Gemini Miss at the 2019 Magic Millions Sale and he’s in pre-training before returning to the Kris Lees stable at Newcastle.
Named Zodiacus, the colt is showing good ability and this latest preparation should see him get to the races for the first time.
Meanwhile at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, another colt by Kermadec fetched an impressive $270,000 this week.
Considering the Adelaide sale typically averages around $40,000, this was a strong result for Kermadec.
The colt was purchased by Victorian based bloodstock agent Justin Bahen, together with Caulfield trainer Clinton McDonald.