Lovelocks hosts bold and lavish first auction



Lovelocks Polo Stud’s Open El Padrino – the marquee stallion’s daughter, Lovelocks Journalist, sold for $55,000 USD


Lovelocks Polo Stud ( held its first official auction Tuesday, November 10th at La Indiana Polo Club, in Pilar, Buenos Aires. This was the third of the fourteen auctioning events officially sanctioned for 2015 by the Argentine Polo Breeders Association (AACCP – The season finale to be hosted by Alegría on December 9th.

Monday’s heavy rainfall did not stop the Hanbury family from pulling off the most tasteful and well attended remate this season. Guests and friends were indulged by refined appetizers and an exquisite dinner menu, catered by Los Petersen Cocineros.

After many years of breeding racing horses in England, Christopher Hanbury and his wife Bridget decided to move to Argentina, and settle in Lobos. It is where their sons Charlie and George continue to play polo and also where the family has established Lovelocks Polo Stud, a world class embryo transfer centre focused on the reproduction and generic improvement of polo ponies. Since 2010, Lovelocks has incorporated genetics from Ellerston, Ellerstina, La Dolfina, and Los Machitos among others.

For their first official auction, Lovelocks decided on a bold approach to differentiate themselves in today’s Argentine breeding market. All of the featured fillies were combinations of Triple Crown mares, from several players and breeders with Lovelock’s top five in-house stallions. Four of the five stallions were brought from Australia, the objective being to offer the market an alternative genetic bloodline.

At the end of the session, nineteen products were sold for a total of $589,000 USD. The evening’s top seller was Lovelocks Journalist for $55,000 USD, by marquee stallion Open El Padrino (Ilusion x Sportivo) and Open Periodista (Chusma x Ellerstina Picaro).

The market verdict was clear. Seventy percent of total auction sales corresponded to fillies sired by Padrino. Moreover, the eleven fillies sired by Padrino averaged a sales price of $38,000 USD versus the auction average of $31,000 USD. Proven credentials in Argentine Triple Crown play, and no novelties is the predominant theme among top buyers, when it comes to sires and dams.

November 11th auction activity resumes with La Dolfina at La Indiana Polo Club. –Carlos Naish, Special Correspondent

| Sports, Polo, Argentina, Remates



The Argentine Triple Crown Championship recognizes the winning team of the Argentine, Hurlingham, and Tortugas Open Championships in the same year. Only five clubs have accomplished such a feat: Coronel Suárez (Alberto P. Heguy, Horacio Heguy, Juan C. Harriott (h.), Alfredo Harriott) in 1972 and 1974–77; Santa Ana (Gastón Dorignac, Héctor Merlos, Daniel González, Francisco Dorignac) in 1973; Ellerstina (Adolfo Cambiaso (h.), Mariano Aguerre, Gonzalo Pieres, Carlos Gracida) in 1994, (Facundo Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres (h.), Pablo MacDonough, Juan M. Nero) in 2008 and 2010; La Aguada in 2003 (Javier, Eduardo (h.), Miguel and Ignacio Novillo Astrada); La Dolfina (Adolfo Cambiaso, David Stirling, Pablo MacDonough, Juan Martin Nero, Sebastián Merlos) in 2013 and 2014.


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