Leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse paid equal top price of Aus$380,000 for a colt by boom Darley first-season sire, Danehill's sprinting son Exceed And Excel. This handsome, well-balanced colt is the fourth foal out of winning 11-year-old Sir Laurence mare Oubladee.
Waterhouse described the colt (consigned by Monterey Stud as agent) as “a truly lovely colt: we thought he was the jewel of the sale. We liked him so much he has been bought on spec, so anyone wanting to join the winning team at Tulloch Lodge should contact the office.” His dam, Oubladee (a half-sister to dual group II-winning and dual group I-placed Zeya), has had two foals to race and both are dual-winners.
New kids on the block, Patinack Farm, owned by newly-made multiple millionaire and former iron-ore mine owner, Nathan Tinkler, also paid $380,000 for a filly by Coolmore sensation Encosta de Lago (the second foal out of group III-winning 8-year-old Royal Academymare Royal Sash) consigned by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds as agent. The filly’s six-time winning dam, Royal Sash, is a half-sister to both five-time winner and group III-placed Bronc, as well as five-time winner and group III-placed Flurry’s Gem. Tinkler has spent over $30 million in the last five weeks on bloodstock.
Western Australia buyer Brian Fogarty paid $340,000 for a filly by Coolmore shuttler Tale Of The Cat (the seventh foal out of winning and stakes-placed 15-year-old Century mare Settain) consigned by Flinders Park Stud (as agent for Hill Holme Lodge). The filly’s dam, Settain, is a full-sister to: eight-time-winner (including group III winner and group I-placed) Taos; five-time winning and stakes-placed Flamingo Cloud; and winner Before Lunch (dam of group III winner and group I-placed Catatonic).
In addition, Settain is also a half-sister to both juvenile stakes-winner Record High and nine-time winner Olympus (by Danehill).
“The substantial increase in median coupled with a clearance rate of 82.35% is a just reward for breeders who have supported this sale,” said Inglis managing director Mark Webster. "There was competition at all levels of business and it was very pleasing to see buyers at the sale from Japan, Hong Kong, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Singapore in addition to Australia and New Zealand.”
The second and third sessions of the sale are scheduled for March 3-4, with the final session slated for March 6.
Session 1 Statistics - Lots 1 to 180
Lots Cataloged: 180
Lots Sold: 140 (82.4 %)
Median Price: $70,000
Lots Passed In: 30 (17.7 %)
Lots Withdrawn: 10 (5.6 %)