The weanling focus in Australia has moved south to Victoria and this time is being conducted by Inglis & Son.
On Tuesday, June 26, there was aggressive trading as pinhookers latched onto the value added opportunities in Australia.
In the auction ring, New Zealand’s Ascot Farm paid the top price of Aus$240,000 (U.S.$165,000) for a weanling colt by Flying Spur, the Arrowfield Stud stallion who is this season’s leader on the Australian General Sires table. The big strong colt is the second foal from the unraced Bluebird mare Chicago Wonder and was purchased during the final session of the Weanling Section at the 5-day Inglis Great Southern Sale at Oaklands in Melbourne.
The colt, whose sire got the group I Golden Slipper winner in Australia this year, was consigned by Tremon Thoroughbreds and his dam, Chicago Wonder, is a half-sister to both Hong Kong grade I winner Jeune King Prawn and dual Listed winner Creative Plan.
NSW-based bloodstock agent Colm Santry, who also works for Coolmore, paid the next highest price of Aus$170,000 for a colt by Coolmore sire Dehere (the sixth foal from winning Rory’s Jester mare Emily Blue) consigned by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds as agent. “Dehere is doing the job down here and this horse should resell very nicely in six months,” he said.
Other hip purchases of interest were;
$240,000 Flying Spur-Chicago Wonder colt (Ascot Farm)
$170,000 Dehere-Emily Blue colt (C.Santry)
$165,000 Encosta de Lago-That Kind Of Girl colt (Ascot Farm)
$140,000 Elvstroem-Lettercee filly (C.Santry)
$120,000 Encosta de Lago-Plaisir d'Amour colt (NZ Bloodstock)