Darley Australia, a division of the Maktoum family's Thoroughbred empire, dominated proceedings Tuesday during the opening session of the Australian Easter yearling sale. John Ferguson, the bloodstock manager for Sheikh Mohammed signed Darley's tickets, spending $3,315,000 (approximately $1,770,210 in U.S. funds) for five yearlings, including the two most expensive horses of the session.
Ferguson went to $1.2 million ($640,800) to secure brown colt by Sunday Silence from Duelling Girl (USA), offered by Arrowfield Stud. Earlier in the day Ferguson paid $950,000 ($507,300) for a Danehill--Canny Miss colt, which was consigned by Collingrove Stud as agent for the Victorian based Davilora Lodge.
"At any sale in the world at the moment, the best individuals are making good prices," Ferguson said.
In all, 156 yearlings were sold at Newmarket on Tuesday, grossing $24,377,500 ($13,017,585) and averaging $156,266 ($81,310). Seventy-nine percent of the horses offered were sold.
"We're really happy with today's results, and we can all settle down now and look forward to the rest of the sale." Said Reg Inglis, managing director of William Inglis & Son.
The sale continues through Thursday.