Half Sister to Monterosso Stars at Inglis

The King's Best mare was offered in foal to Darley first-season sire Poet's Voice.

The three-day Inglis Australian Easter broodmare sale concluded April 18 with a half sister to 2012 Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Monterosso selling for the final day's top price of Aus$180,000 ($185,503 in United States funds).

Inglis reported a clearance rate of 81% for the 150 fillies and mares offered on closing day, which featured select, select supplementary, and general sessions.

Damon Gabbedy's Belmont Bloodstock purchased Seven Stars, a 10-year-old King's Best half sister to Godolphin's Monterosso, a son of Dubawi who due to injury prior to this year's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 30 missed a defense of last year's dominant win. A three-time winner at sprint distances, Seven Stars was offered in foal to first-season sire Poet's Voice, a group I-winning miler and shuttler based at Darley Kelvinside.

Offered by Evergreen Stud Farm, which also consigned day two's highest-priced mare, Seven Stars is the dam of two winners from as many to race, including Australian group II winner Happy Galaxy. She is out of Australian group I winner Porto Roca, by Barathea. Porto Roca is a New Zealand group I winner Bluebird the Word.

Fifty-four horses sold at the select on the final day for an aggregate of Aus$1,160,300 ($1,195,365 in U.S. funds), an average of Aus$21,487 ($22,158 in U.S. funds). Ten horses sold in the supplementary select session for total receipts of Aus$110,000 (US$113,350), and average of Aus$110,000 (US$11,343).

The final day's general session saw 57 horses sold for an aggregate Aus$272,600 (US$280,936), an average of Aus$4,782 (US$4,930).

Thoroughout the three-day auction 48 horses sold online for Aus$455,800 (US$468,923) after 163 lots received an online bid.