inglisNathan Tinkler’s newly established Patinack Farm, which made a big splash at Karaka as leading buyer, continued the theme on the first day of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne yesterday.

Patinack picked up 12 yearlings for AUS$1,895,000, helping push the average up by 25 percent and the median by 40 percent. Among six fillies purchased by Patinack was a much-admired daughter of Encosta de Lago (Aus) out of MGSW Royal Sash (Aus) (Royal Academy). Offered by Three Bridges Farm, she brought a co-session topping AUS$380,000. “We saw her as an outstanding filly,” said Tinkler’s agent, Roger Langley. “We are keen to develop a broodmare band from good quality black type families, and this a lovely filly-a great walker with good residual. We think she is a cracking type.” Langley added, “If we assumed this filly was going to either Magic Millions or Easter, I think we have bought particularly well on that basis.”

Patinack also gave AUS$230,000 for hip 27, a Flying Spur (Aus) filly from the Willow Park Stud consignment. “This filly was also accepted for Easter, but we kept her in our Premier draft because we sort of chose to be bigger fish in a smaller pond, and we are very happy with the result,” said Willow Park’s Glenn Burrows. Tinkler, 31, a former electrician who recently sold his Queensland mining company, purchased Alanbridge Farm in the Hunter Valley and Riverslea Farm, near Darley Australia in the Segenhoe Valley. Patinack has also acquired four stallions for stud duty, including MG1SW Husson (Arg) (Hussonet) and G1SWs Teranaba (Aus) (Anabaa) and Wonderful World (Aus) (Agnes World).

First-time consignor Monterey Stud’s Matt Brown was in a celebratory mood after his Exceed and Excel (Aus) colt was snapped up by trainer Gai Waterhouse for co-session topping AUS$380,000 early in the day. “He is a lovely loose colt with a lovely intelligent face and beautiful markings,” Waterhouse said. “I saw him and all of a sudden I thought, ‘there is the jewel.’ Brown had previously consigned 12 yearlings through his uncle’s Kilora Farm, and that draft has yielded no less than 10 winners, including five city winners and two stakes performers. The consignor confessed he’d had a sales eve nightmare that he missed the auction ring appearance of his star colt.

The sales-day reality was potentially worse-the laid-back colt, uncharacteristically aggressive during a pre-sales inspection less than an hour before he went into the ring, set about attacking trainer Lee Freedman. “The horse had just been bitten by a wasp, and he was kicking and trying to bite Lee,” Brown explained. “I thought, ‘there goes Lee,’ but I understand he was underbidder.” He added, “After selling under my uncle’s banner, we decided this year, with six yearlings, to do it ourselves and stay in Melbourne, and they say fortune favours the brave.” The colt’s dam Oubladee (Aus) was Brown’s first mare purchase, a AUS$35,000 buy.

Newcastle-based trainer Paul Perry went to AUS$210,000 to secure an elegant grey filly by Swettenham Stud sire (Aus) for AUS$210,000. The filly is a half-sibling to Saturday’s Premier Race winner Carnero (Aus) (Carnegie). Anthony Mithen, from Rosemont Farm, said the filly had been extremely popular even before Carnero’s success Saturday. “She is a lovely filly,” Mithen said. “She was out a lot, and then all of a sudden she became something extra special-they say timing is everything. She has a brilliant temperament, but she is a tired girl tonight. I don’t think anyone here at the sales has not asked to see her and she has been sensational, she just hasn’t put a foot wrong.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News