thandolwamiThe expanded Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, bolstered by the inclusion of many youngsters initially slated to appear at Magic Millions and Inglis Sydney sales, continued to surge forward ahead of today’s final Premier I Yearling session in Melbourne. The topper yesterday was Lot 318, a filly by Encosta de Lago (Aus) who was purchased by agent Paul Guy for AUS$490,000. Offered by Sean Buckley’s Ultra Thoroughbreds, the daughter of Almighty Sister (Aus) is a half to listed winner Mighty Raja (Aus) and stakes-placed Grace and Power (Aus). “I was managing the farm in 2005-06 and planned the mating,” Guy said. “I inspected the filly three months ago at the farm and really liked her, so I went out and got a group of people together to buy her. Sean Buckley will retain a share in her. We went over budget, but she is probably an Easter-quality filly out of a really good producer.” Guy, who bought Group 1 winners Perfect Promise (SAF) and Miss Andretti (Aus) for Buckley in the past, indicated that the filly would be trained by Chris Waller in Sydney.

Adam Sangster’s Swettenham Stud provided the day’s top-priced colt, Lot 405, who was knocked down to trainer Mick Price for AUS$300,000. By Emirates Park freshman sire Al Maher (Aus) (Danehill) and out of multiple city winner Cosmic Beam, the colt is related to Group 1 winner Desert Eagle (Aus) (Hurricane Sky {Aus}). Hong Kong based Ricky Yiu gave AUS$250,000 for the second-highest priced colt of the session, a son of Danehill Dancer (Ire). Offered as Lot 215 by Glentree Downs, the colt is the second foal out of the listed-winning mare Storming Bai (Aus) (Geiger Counter).

Trainer Paul Perry went to AUS$210,000 for a colt by Encosta de Lago (Aus) out of Group 2 placed Titanic Rose (Aus) (Fly Spur {Aus}) and also gave AUS$200,000 for Lot 394, a filly by Choisir(Aus) out of stakes-placed Clevedon (Aus) (Keltrice {Aus}). Perry is returning to what has worked for him in the past, having trained MG1SW Choisir, whose oldest progeny are now three-year-olds.

Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm continued its spending spree, acquiring a further six yearlings, including a filly by Elusive Quality out of Victory River (Aus) (Salieri) for AUS$190,000. Consigned by Eliza Park, the filly is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Reactive (Aus) and to stakes winner and producer Fleischer (Aus) (Danehill), the dam of listed winner Roubechon. “She was a lovely, well conformed, beautiful filly and she has done everything right, the preparation was great,” said Eliza Park’s John Jeffs. “We thought she might fetch about AUS$150,000, so we were delighted.”

Encosta de Lago (Aus), selling off a fee of AUS$120,000, is leading the way on the sire table with five sold at an average of AUS$276,000, ahead of Exceed and Excel (Aus) with 10 sold for AUS$60,500. Darley’s Shamardal is leading first-season sire with four going under the hammer for AUS$127,500. Offspring of Anabaa also did well yesterday, including Lot 188, purchased by Tristarc Bloodstock, representing Arrowfield, for AUS$180,000. Consigned by Widden Stud’s Ryan McEvoy, the colt is out of Group 3 winner Sister Patricia (Aus) (Geiger Counter), who won twice in the U.S. before returning to Australia to go to stud. The bay colt, who is Sister Patricia’s third foal, helped push Anabaa’s average to AUS$117,000 for eight sold thus far. “This colt is a full sibling to smart two year-old Beynac who is trained by Pat Hyland,” said McEvoy. “He is in a similar mould to Beynac, a two-year-old horse, not overly big, but a real runner.” Anabaa-the sire of nine Group 1 winners including five bred at Widden-will not return to Australia again, having shuttled for 11 seasons since 1997. His current crop of yearlings numbers around 70 and the Danzig stallion has about 80 foals on the ground; he covered 80 mares in his final southern season before returning to Haras du Quesnay.

A broader buying bench, with first-time purchasers from South Africa and Singapore, helped contribute to a robust clearance rate of 81.4 percent. Average was increased to AUS$81,814 over last year, while median increased by 40 percent to AUS$70,000. With 311 horses sold over two sessions, aggregate increased to A$26,406,000 at the conclusion of yesterday’s session. “The depth of buying bench shows that if the right horses are in the catalogue that people will come to Melbourne,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News