In Australia on Monday, the Inglis Classic Yearling sale ended reaching new heights - just like every other yearling sale in the world so far this year.
The three day sale concluded while heavy rain was falling, but with typically a sale record when John Hutchinson from NSW-based Scone Bloodstock Services (acting on behalf of a client of Hong Kong-based expatriate trainer Gary Moore) out-bid Sydney trainer Les Bridge and paid Aus$350,000 (U.S.$271,000) for a colt by Darley sire Street Cry(the fourth foal out of winning Alzao mare Greendale Lass).
"Wow, we are blown away. Absolutely blown away," said a representative of the colt's vendor's Redbank North Farm. "We were expecting about $25,000 - look at this price."
The colt was consigned by Redbank North as agent and his dam Greendale Lass is a half-sister to dual group I-winner Sheer Kingston and unraced La Femme Critique (dam of 11-time winner and stakes-placed Aggravation).
Hutchinson commented: “This colt simply filled all the criteria. He’s beautifully balanced and the x-rays were perfect. He is a colt I would expect to see at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale; in fact, this is a colt that would make any yearling sale in the world.”
He added the colt will most likely race in Australia before eventually heading to Hong Kong: “This colt is an international commodity. Look at the pedigree: he’s by Street Cry who is going sensationally in the northern hemisphere and is bred on very similar lines to Street Cry’s Street Sense (winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, gr. I).”
Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse paid Aus$210,000 (U.S.$163,000) for a colt by Coolmore shuttler Tale Of The Cat (the fifth foal from group II-placed Marscay mare Nawadder) consigned by Emirates Park. The colt’s three-time-winning dam Nawadder is a half-sister to dual stakes-winner & dual group-placed Lady Purpose.
Darley's Australian bred freshman Untouchable continued his incredible sale off his $7,700 service fee when fellow Sydney trainer Tim Martin paid Aus$170,000 for a colt by him consigned by Monarch Stud as agent. The colt’s dam More Natural is a full-sister to stakes-winner Johnny Reb (14 victories from 1300-2400m & $376,170 earnings which Martin trains).
Overall during the three-day Inglis Classic Sale, 427 yearlings sold for a cumulative Aus$16,708,409 (U.S$12,889,000) (up 10.6% on last year’s $15,107,900) at an Aus$39,129 average (up 9% on last year’s $35,886). And the sale boasted a healthy clearance rate of 81.49%.
Acting managing director Jamie Inglis enthused: “The Classic Yearling Sale has now gone to the next level with 10 horses making over $150,000, giving vendors confidence they can bring their best yearlings to the sale and achieve optimum results. The sale has again succeeded in attracting an international buying bench, while there was also solid competition among the locals, all seeking to capitalize on next year’s Aus$500,000 race for this sale's graduates. The first and second sessions were topped by domestic agents and trainers, while today we welcomed another benchmark when the Street Cry colt was sold to Hong Kong interests. But there was also plenty of interest from Europe and throughout South East Asia, underscoring the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale’s niche as an ideal venue for quality yearlings.”