May 27, 2021


Highclere Australia filly VIDA ROSE (Fastnet Rock ex Sacred Eye by High Chaparral) lit up the Magic Millions sales ring when she sold for $140,000 at the National Broodmare Sale at the Gold Coast yesterday, as Lot 614.

Vida Rose, a winner at Kyneton in November from her three starts, boasted a terrific pedigree page - her dam Sacred Eye (High Chaparral) and her second dam Musidora (Rock Of Gibraltar) were both Group 3 winners, while Sacred Eye's half-sister Tulip was a two-time Group 3 winner and finished third in the Golden Slipper.

Offered by Coolmore Stud on behalf of her owners and the Lindsay Park Racing operation, Vida Rose was the subject of a spirited bidding duel. It looked like the hammer was set to fall at $100,000 before a flurry of late bids sent her up to $140,000. She was purchased by Yulong Investments in the name of the Written Tycoon Syndicate, with the group buying a number of mares to go to their new stallion acquisition - among them champion New Zealand mare Melody Belle (Commands), popular Group 2 winner Greysful Glamour (Stratum) and Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks heroine Miss Sentimental (Reliable Man).

However, Vida Rose will not be among those going Written Tycoon (Iglesia) and will instead be visiting Lucky Vega (Lope De Vega), winner of the Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes in Ireland last year before finishing third in the Gr.1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and fourth in the Gr.1 Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh this month.

"Lucky Vega is coming this year and Lope De Vega has gone well with Fastnet Rock so she was a mare that we thought physically and on pedigree would go well with Lucky Vega," Yulong's Sam Fairgray told ANZ Bloodstock News. "She'll go straight back to the farm, she'll just let down and then prepare for the breeding season."

It was a great result for her Highclere Australia owners and a big congratulations must go to them - Fred Dawson, the late Nick Gray, Josef Helou, Steve Jones, Gerard Langtry, Allan Murray-Jones, Natalie Pidgeon and Simon Scupham - as well as to Adrian Nicoll and Elaine "Legs" Lawlor, both tremendous supporters of Highclere in both hemispheres.

Thank you to Coolmore Australia who consigned Vida Rose for the sale and also to Lindsay Park Racing who trained her throughout her career.