A colt by Mungrup Stud shuttler Dick Turpin was knocked down for 140,000 euros (AUD 197,560) at the Arqana 2YO Sale at Saint-Cloud on Saturday.
He made the Top 10 leader-board among the colts that changed hands when purchased by Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock. Presented by Irish-based Longways Stables, he had been pin-hooked for 32,000gns (AUD 61,195) at the 2014 Tattersalls October yearling sale.
“He’s a smashing colt and will go into training with Team Hannon,” Peter Doyle said. “We bought Dick Turpin as a yearling and this colt is the closest horse we’ve seen to his father.”
Richard Hannon snr prepared Dick Turpin during a dazzling career highlighted by a four-length victory in the G1 Prix Jean Prat (1600m) at Chantilly.
His Arqana colt out of Riccoche (Oasis Dream) is from the immediate family of French Group 3 winners Animatrice (Prix de Malleret) and Sadler’s Flag (Prix de Royaumont). There’s an Aussie connection further back in the pedigree through LR Wyong Cup winner Bondi Iceberg.
Dick Turpin’s first southern yearlings sold up to $105,000 at the 2015 Perth Magic Millions and Mungrup Stud has kept his fee unchanged at $8,800 (inc gst) this year.