Sangster Mares Boost Aussie Sale

The Australian Easter Broodmare sale in Sydney May 4 at the Inglis Newmarket complex was sensationally supported by big buying broodmare lovers.

The results exceeded everyone's expectations, helped by the unreserved sell off of the Sangster family mares.

During the first day of the sale, 206 mares sold for Aus$32,763,750 (about $30 million) at a record average of $159,047 and a median $85,000.

Inglis managing director Mark Webster said, “We've worked hard to secure high quality broodmares for this sale and vendors have been rewarded. I'm particularly grateful to the Sangster family and Starcraft's owner Paul Makin for giving Inglis the opportunity to sell their bluebloods on their behalf."

The Sangster family’s Swettenham Stud Unreserved Dispersal Sale found new homes for 52 mares with that aggregate alone reaching $11,232,500 at an average of $216,000.

“We couldn’t have been happier,” said Adam Sangster of Swettenham. “The great thing is that we were supported by the people who have supported us over the years, and it is a gratifying result to see them going to such great homes. This is something which I think Dad would have been proud of-- certainly the family is very proud. It’s a little bitter-sweet, but this is a re-birth for us at Swettenham Victoria as we concentrate on the stallions from now on.”

Topping the sale was stakes winner Personify (Galileo--Procrastinate, by Jade Hunter), who was knocked down to bloodstock agent Kieran Moore for $2 million, and one of four mares to reach seven figures during the session.

This represented an outstanding return for owner Paul Makin, who paid $1,025,000 for Personify last year before breeding her to Redoute’s Choice.

It was the second time Personify had been sold through the Newmarket sales ring, as she was sold as a yearling for $650,000 at the 2005 Australian Easter yearling sale.

The Equal Flight Stakes (Aust-I) winner Cheeky Choice (Redoute’s Choice-Christchurch, by Caerleon), believed to be in foal to Encosta De Lago, was bought by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds for $1.4 million. Her connections had previously been offered $1.5 million for her, but chose to roll the dice at auction.

The best results for Sangster from his family sell-off included $1.5 million for group III winner Living Spirit (Hennessy--Livelihood, by Rory’s Jester) in foal to group I winner Nadeem and $1,375,000 for the regally related Feltex Carpets SA Oaks (Aust-I) winner Larrocha (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor), in foal to Encosta De Lago.

The pair was sold to Darley and Tom Magnier, respectively.

“Like I said, we couldn’t have been happier and we are just so glad that Coolmore and Darley are buying our mares,” said Sangster of the overall result.

Mark Webster, managing director of William Inglis, added he was thrilled with the day’s results.

“We've had four mares break the one million dollar mark and have achieved a new record broodmare average of $159,000, with a strong clearance of 83.1%.”

Supplementary entry Perfect Drop (Quest For Fame--Dane Vintage, by Danzero) fetched $720,000 and her J. P. Morgan Australian Oaks (Aust-I) conqueror from last year, Rena’s Lady (Arena--Boisterous Lady, by Rivotious ) will be offered at the May 6 session.

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