A close relative of undefeated superstar Black Caviar was the headline attraction on opening day of the Inglis Melbourne August Thoroughbred sale, going for the top price of $205,000 ($186,562 in U.S. funds) Aug. 15.
Like Black Caviar, 7-year-old Belleluia is by Bel Esprit out of a Desert Sun mare, but their pedigrees are even closer. Belleluia's dam, stakes-placed Song Of The Sun, is a three-quarter sister to Helsinge. She is the dam of two-time Australian Horse of the Year Black Caviar, who was retired earlier this year unbeaten in 25 career starts. Helsinge also produced multiple group I winner All Too Hard.
After plenty of energetic bidding, Belleluia sold to an undisclosed Irish-based client of Inglis.
From the Eliza Park International consignment, Belleluia was offered in foal to Eliza Park's young stallion Wanted, a group I winner by Fastnet Rock who stands at the operation's Victorian base at Kerrie.
Belleluia has produced two filly foals as well, one by Bushranger in 2011 and the other by Magnus in 2012.
Overall, Inglis reported 110 horses as sold for $879,900 ($800,811) on opening day, an average of $8,163 ($7,429).
"It was pleasing to see that commercial broodmares are in good demand. We had a very diverse crowd of buyers from all over Australia as well as Korea, New Zealand, and Ireland," Inglis Melbourne Director Peter Heagney said.
The sale continues with a second and final session Aug. 16 beginning at 10 a.m. local time.
"Today's results auger well for tomorrow's sale when we have some excellently credentialed young mares as well as some exciting racing prospects," Heagney said.