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Karaka Day-2: NZ$700,000 Dehere Filly
David Ellis also paid NZ$700,000 for the only Dehere filly in the sale (from Centaine mare Fleur de Chine). The filly (consigned by Windsor Park Stud) is a half-sister to Gr1 SAJC Oaks winner Tully Thunder. Ellis (who confirmed the filly was purchased on behalf of existing clients of his Te Akau Stud) told thoroughbrednews.co.nz: "It was a lot of money to pay for a filly, but we thought she was the outstanding filly of the sale. This was the filly that Mark Walker (Te Akau's trainer) & I advised them was the best in the sale. We went over our budget & that was our last bid, but sometimes you have to go above your budget to get fillies of this class. And it is great for NZ racegoers to be able to see a filly of this quality, as most of them go overseas." This was the 7th foal from Fleur De Chine, who was 3rd top filly on the 1995-96 NZ 2YO Free Handicap (winning 3 races including the Gr2 Taranaki 2YO Classic); this is also the family of Gr3 winner Sneetch & stakes-winner Spurcent.