Inglis Easter Yearling Sale - Lot 200 Redoute's Choice - Helsinge
Inglis Easter Yearling Sale - Lot 200 Redoute's Choice - Helsinge

Lot 200 Redoute’s Choice - Helsinge

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INGLIS EASTER YEARLING SALE

10 - 12 April 2012

Contrary to the steady build-up to Tuesday’s session topping yearling on the opening day of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney, day 2 at the Newmarket complex kicked off with fireworks only a few lots into the sale. In the moments leading up to lot 200 - a Redoute’s Choice (Aus) half-sister to Australian sensation Black Caviar (Aus) (Bel Esprit) - entering the arena, the crowd quickly expanded and the excitement mounted with every passing moment. The battle got underway briskly, with an opening A$1-million bid. Reality quickly set in and the bidding eased back to A$100,000 volleys through much of the remainder of the exchange. Among those involved in the protracted battle was Bill Vlahos of BC3 Thoroughbreds, stationed among the crowd under the famed fig tree; and Japanese trainer Toshiaki Shirai, representing a Japanese client. When all was said and done, the gavel came down with a final bid of A$2.6 million from Vlahos-flanked by Victoria-based trainer Danny O’Brien - who outlasted Shirai. Both highly regarded in their own right, the purchase represented the first purchase for Vlahos and O’Brien.

“I think at about A$2.5-million I got a little bit wobbly,” said Vlahos, a well-known pinhooker in the U.S. and Australia. “But we pretty much stuck to our price. We think she is worth exactly what we paid for her; too much more, and it might not be us owning her, but I think that’s exactly what she’s worth and, hopefully, more by the end of her racing career.” O’Brien, who is probably best known for recent star performers two-time Group 1 winner Star Witness (Aus)(Starcraft) and Shamrocker (NZ) (O’Reilly), winner of the G1 Australian Derby and G1 Australian Guineas, added, “Fillies like this would generally be retained by their breeders, so this really was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to buy a filly like this. She not only has an outstanding pedigree, but she is an outstanding individual herself.” Of their newest purchase, Vlahos added, “This family is just out of the box and this will probably be the last chance to buy into it. Being a filly, she always has her residual value, so I think that’s a bit of a safety net.”

Here is the summary thus far :

Thus Far

2012

2011

Catalogued

380

360

No. Offered

337

330

No. Sold

258

266

RNA’s

78

64

% RNA

23.10%

19.40%

High Price

A$2,600,000

A$1,025,000

Gross

A$57,207,500

A$62,525,000

Average (% change)

A$221,734 (-5.7%)

A$235,056

Median (% change)

A$170,000 (-8.1%)

A$185,000

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News…

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