Take Pride sells for $550k

Story from ANZ Bloodstock:

The former Murray Johnson-trained Group Three winner of three races Take Pride (Reward For Effort) was yesterday secured by agent James Bester for $550,000 and is set to be covered by Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) this year.

Catalogued as Lot 629, Take Pride was consigned by Yarraman Park on behalf of her owners and the price surpassed connections’ expectations. Take Pride is by Chatswood Stud’s Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winning Exceed And Excel (Danehill) stallion Reward For Effort and she is out of winning mare Shabtis (Elusive Quality), a half-sister to Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Mummify (Jeune) and stake-placed Medusa Miss (Henny Hughes) and Byzantine (Elusive Quality), the dam of Group Three winner Ottoman (Exceed And Excel).

Bester told ANZ Bloodstock News that his clients were looking for a suitable mare to send to I Am Invincible. “Obviously she had two-year-old performance, she had speed, I liked her pedigree and, most of all, I liked her physique,” Bester told ANZ Bloodstock News. “She has been bought for a partnership to be married to I Am Invincible. She is just the sort of mare that could do well with I Am Invincible and go back through the ring one day for a lovely price.

My client was particularly keen on a mare that could go back to him.” Yarraman Park’s Harry Mitchell said the price tag was a terrific return for Take Pride’s owner Peter Murray. “She is a lovely Group-winning mare who was nice and fast. She sold very well and he will be happy with that and it all worked out very well,” Mitchell told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“She is by an Exceed And Excel line stallion in Reward For Effort who won a Blue Diamond. He’s a stallion who has done a good job. I think the mare was entitled to sell well and she did.”