Going to the Auckland Sale on Sunday expert buyer Jean Feiss did not believe that at least in breeding family speak good things are likely to come in threes.Before the end of the day she was convinced it may be true.

Her first purchase was a full brother to one of her stars of last season,Bollinger, but it was not one she had intended to make.

“I liked him but I had bought Bollinger, then last year the full sister (registered as Georgia’s Bourbon) and I didn’t think having the next Bettor’s Delight foal this year was the best way to go.I rarely buy even one full brother and sister,never mind two”

“I was actually having lunch when I heard he had been passed in at $37,000. That seemed ridiculous. So we agreed on $50,000 and I have added to the family !”

It seemed very cheap for a brother to Bollinger given Jean’s expert eye couldn’t fault him.

Bollinger has won 4 races but it would have been more but for a horse called Akuta. He was 2nd to him in the Kindergarten Stakes at 2; 2nd to him in the Alabar at 3;then second in the Woodlands Great Northern Derby.

Jean’s second purchase for the day a Captain Crunch filly was also considered on the basis of value.

“I wasn’t looking for a Captain Crunch specifically but she really caught my eye as a type,nice big strong filly  from a good family, so I was happy to buy her at that price”

Jean of course has had a wonderful run with her filly buys over the years as stars like Amazing Dream, Spanish Armada, Elle Mac etc testify.

She is sure  to widen her search at the Addington sales.

“It was a bit up and down on Sunday with the top end holding it up but the pedigrees looks at least as strong in Christchurch,probably stronger, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out”

ADDINGTON. Well Jean’s major buy on the first day in Christchurch to head to All Stars was Ultimate Torpedo a $130,000 filly closely related to Ultimate Sniper and Ultimate Machete.

The filly, bred on the same American Ideal cross as current star three year old male Don’t Stop Dreaming, is from a qualified but unraced half sister to the two star Ultimates who were both by Bettor’s Delight meaning the filly is a three parts sister to those two outstanding performers.

Not much more need to be said except that fillies have been just as prominent in this family as the colts. Reality Check the granddam of this filly won a PGG Sales Pace at 2 and Delightful Lady Classic and her dam Maureen’s Dream was a strong-will but sensational performer on her best day on the track, running amuck at the NZ Cup meeting in 1986 when in care of Richard Brosnan, dominating from an early stage in record time. Reality Check was probably the best of her foals.

Jean also went the Auckland route of Captain Crunch fillies again spending $25,000 on Rave Review from the family of Collectable and her well performed son Final Collect

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