Lot 297 Equiano - Hidden Energy / EBN (p)
INGLIS MELBOURNE PREMIERE YEARLING SALE
2-5 March 2014
Strong trade for solid horses was again the feature on day two of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, with the gains seen on day one continuing, writes Stephen Heath for the European Bloodstock News.
Once again the average remained around A$88,000 which was up 10% on last year, while the clearance rate of 80% was also up, from 75% twelve months ago. This was the second time that Inglis have put on a “Blue Riband” section, which features yearlings who are bred along staying lines, and this again proved a hit with the buyers.
“Buyers from Macau, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, China and all across Australia purchased one or more Blue Riband yearlings, which is a great endorsement for the concept and the quality product that vendors are bringing to the Premier,” said Inglis Melbourne Bloodstock Director Peter Heagney.
It was a shuttle stallion from Europe who provided the top price of the day, with Newsells Park Stud’s Equiano, who stands at Victoria-based Swettenham Stud when in the Southern Hemisphere, responsible for Lot 297. Swettenham Stud also consigned the colt, who was knocked down to the Malaysian-based Tan Sri Vincent Tan for A$420,000. The strapping colt was one of the most paraded yearlings at Oaklands last week and that led to exceptional interest in the sale ring. Numerous bidders were active for him and his final price was the highest ever paid for a yearling by a first season sire in Victoria.
“It is pleasing to see that so many Australian and international buyers have taking a liking to the physical make up of Equiano’s stock here in Melbourne. Many people remember his power defeating Takeover Target at Royal Ascot and it is that physicality that is so evident in the constitution of his yearlings,” pointed out Adam Sangster of Swettenham Stud.
The colt is out of the Dehere mare Hidden Energy, who was Gr.1-placed in the Robert Sangster Stakes. This is her second foal and it is a family that has seen good updates recently. Hidden Energy is herself out of Gr.1 Winfield Classic winner Kapchat (Centaine), also responsible for Gr.3 winner Kaphero (Danzero). In recent weeks, this has been the family of Gr.3 winners Solicit (Street Cry) and Nayeli (More Than Ready), both of whom look like making an impact at Gr.1 level in future.
INGLIS MELBOURNE PREMIER YEARLING SALE
DAY TWO TOP LOTS
Sire - Dam
EQUIANO - Hidden Energy
Tan Sri Vincent Tan
ENCOSTA DE LAGO - Special Episode
Woodside Park Stud
Penang Turf Club
FASTNET ROCK - True Seduction
Woodside Park Stud
D Hawthorne / P Morgan
NEW APPROACH - Entrust
Blue Gum Farm
Nordic Racing & Breeding
EXCEED AND EXCEL - La Guichet
Glen Harvey B/S
SAVABEEL - Senorita Lucy
LONHRO - Mermaid Island
Extract from European Bloodstock News