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Ellis On Last Legs to Land Day 2 Session Star
Te Akau Racing's principal David Ellis admitted he had been desperate to secure the top-priced Day 2 colt at Karaka (see above), although he was starting to fade in the intense bidding war when he made the successful offer. "I was hoping I would get him for $750,000 but these really top colts have a lot of good judges on them, so sometimes you have to pay a bit more for them," he told NZ Racing Desk. "If he is a really top colt, like I hope he is, then he is going to be cheap, otherwise if he is no good then he's going to be very expensive." Ellis enthused, "We thought he was a magnificent individual and Jamie is so excited to have him to train. It's been a very successful couple of days for Te Akau and we're just delighted to have secured so many nice horses." New Zealand's dominant buying force for many years acknowledged, "It's pretty exciting to have this sort of quality and I want them for both Te Akau and for New Zealand racing as I want them to stand at New Zealand studs. If we are going to take this wonderful industry to the next level then we need them. The only avenue we have is to buy them at the sales as, if they become top performers, they are worth 10, 20, 40 million and out of our reach."