(Edited press release)
William Inglis & Son's classic yearling sale got off to a strong start Sunday in Australia, with a record price of Aus$220,000 for a Redoute's Choice colt purchased by trainer Bart Cummings.
Out Angel in Disguise, the colt is a three-quarter sister to Saintly, which Cummings saddled to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup (Aust-I). Edinglassie Stud's Mick Talty, who consigned the star colt, said the colt had proven so popular during presale inspections that he started to feel confident he would sell well.
"He was a big, strong, precocious colt, a beautiful walker out of a three-quarter sister in blood to Saintly," Talty said. "It is a great result for his breeder Bob Oatley, who has been in the industry a long time."
Trainer Barbara Joseph, who saddled Aus$24,000 classic sale graduate Commands Nothin' to win Saturday's Aus$610,000 Inglis Classic, bought a Commands--Follow The Fashion colt for Aus$112,500.
Thirty-four yearlings were sold above Aus$50,000 and 5 above Aus$100,000.
The average price for the opening session was Aus$34,500 compared to an overall average of Aus$29,812 last year, representing a 16% increase. The gross revenue for the 199 horses sold was Aus$6,854,500. The clearance rate was 86%.