Oakland Park Stud owners Neville and Susan Duncan are no strangers to success in the Eastern States and their first foray as vendors to the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale generated another ground-breaking result with a Blue Point (Ire) colt that made $600,000.
Catalogued as Lot 247 on Tuesday, he was purchased by agent Justin Bahen against some spirited, if belated, competition. There was another late bid just as auctioneer Jonathon D’Arcy brought the hammer down at Riverside Stables.
Oakland Park sold him through the consignment from NSW-based Milburn Creek and he will be trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. “He’s been a dude since Day 1,” Neville Duncan revealed. “He’s correct in every way and nothing seems to faze him – he could sleep all day even under the most trying of circumstances.”
Darley shuttler Blue Point (Shamardal) sired him from a family that has under-pinned generations of black-type type success for the Duncans. His dam Molto Allegro (Fast ‘n’ Famous) was an Ascot 2yo winner and she’s two-for-two at stud with LR Perth Stakes (1100m) winner Beethoven (Helmet) and Top Of The Pops (Spirit Of Boom) who was unbeaten in his first four starts this time last year.
Molto Allegro is the first foal of Jestatune (Rory’s Jester) who had won a G3 Gimcrack Stakes and RL Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Ascot in 2007 carrying the famed yellow and black maltese-cross colours.
Her second Jestajingle (Lonhro) was an Ascot and Belmont 3yo winner and she foaled Bruckner (Snitzel) to a Group 3 win in the McNeil Stakes win at Caulfield. He was also a Group 1 runner-up for Maher Racing in the 2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
Jestatune saved her best for the Maher Racing colt Jukebox. Another son of Snitzel, he won the big-ticket Inglis 2YO Premier and G3 Vain Stakes at Caulfield to earn a start at Aquis Farm in Queensland where he is forging a succesful stud career.
The pedigree page doesn’t stop there. It’s propped up by Stakes-winning third dam Umatune (Umatilla) and her son Ihtsahymn (Ihtiram) who delivered the family a deserved Group 1 in the 2013 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot.
No wonder Justin Bahen was impressed by the XX5 brand. “I’ve had plenty of success with Oakland Park and I was due for some luck after being underbidder on several lots here on Monday. They’re a good farm and I bought their Snitzel colt Ducimus on behalf of Orbis Bloodstock at the 2016 Inglis Premier.
“Ducimus topped the Melbourne Sale at $700,000 that year and won a 2YO Stakes race at Flemington. Now he’s at stud in WA.”