Balletomane, the dam of Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Silic, sold for $750,000 ($404,625 in U.S. funds) Tuesday during the second session of the William Inglis & Son Australian broodmare sale. She shared the honors for the session's top price with the Sir Tristram mare Fly the Flag.
Victorian bloodstock agent Rob Roulston, acting for a syndicate of breeders, purchased Balletomane (by Sadler's Wells), who was sold in foal to Fusaichi Pegasus. Her consignor was Arrowfield Stud, agent.
"She'll be going back to the Northern Hemisphere," said Roulston. "She'll have the Fusaichi Pegasus here, then head back to Europe."
Baramul Stud bought Fly the Flag, who was sold in foal to Danehill, from Arrowfield, agent.
Group I winner Piavonic, a daughter of Scenic, brought $660,000 ($356,070). North Bell, a Bellwater mare who is the dam of Cox Plate (Aust-1) winner Northerly, sold for $550,000 ($296,725).
Piavonic (in foal to Fusaichi Pegasus) was purchased by bloodstock agent Tim Boland, acting on the behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. The Sheikh has a growing stable of racehorses in Australia placed with a number of different trainers, but this is his first foray into the breeding world.
"The sheikh just fell in love with her," said Boland. "She'll stay in Australia, but we're not sure just yet what stallion she'll go to in the spring."
North Moore (in foal to Flying Spur) was bought by K. Moore Bloodstock.
In all, 216 mares were sold on Monday for a gross of $13,537,000 ($7,303,211) and an average price of $62,671 ($33,811). Through two days, 436 horses had sold for a gross of $23,519,050 ($12,688,527) and an average of $53,943 ($29,102).