Victorian agent Paul Guy from Heritage Bloodstock paid top price of Aus$490,000 for a filly by Coolmore sire sensation Encosta de Lago (the seventh foal out of 14-year-old Amen Brother mare Almighty Sister) during Monday's second session of the 4-day Inglis Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne.
Incidentally, the first of the European-born Encosta de Lago foals arrived in England overnight. It was a colt from the Desert King mare Moon Seeker.
The Encosta filly sold in Melbourne was consigned by Sean Buckley’s Ultra Thoroughbreds. Guy, who confirmed she will be trained in Sydney by Chris Waller, commented: “She’s been bought for a group of existing clients. She’s the most expensive yearling I’ve ever bought. She’s an outstanding sort, by a proven group 1 sire and with really good residual.” Her dam Almighty Sister (a full-sister to 15-time winner Richmond Boy) has four foals to race and all are winners: stakes winner Mighty Raja; seven-time winner and group III-placed Grace And Power; four-time- inner Success Knight; and dual winner Miss Akatone).
Melbourne trainer Mick Price outbid fellow trainer Gerald Ryan and paid $300,000 for a colt from the first-crop of group I-winning Emirates Park stallion Al Maher (Danehill-Show Dancing). This is the first foal out of six-time winning 7-year-old Geiger Counter mare Cosmic Beam) consigned by Swettenham Stud as agent. The colt’s dam, Cosmic Beam, is a half-sister to stakes winner Egyptian Ibis (dam of Australian group I winner and subsequent Hong Kong star Desert Eagle-Grand Delight).
Speaking of Hong Kong, trainer Ricky Yiu paid $250,000 for a colt by Coolmore shuttler Danehill Dancer (the second foal out of stakes-winning 9-year-old Geiger Counter mare Storming Bai) consigned by Glentree Downs.
These were the highlights on a grand day of selling.
Overall, othe momentum from Sunday’s opening session continued during the second session, and the auction is set to register record figures across the board.
Cumulatively, after two days, 311 yearlings have sold for $26,406,000 and the cumulative average of $84,907 is up 26% from last year, while the cumulative median of $70,000 is up 40%.
Inglis director Peter Heagney summed up: “The continued strength of the trade today has been a real feature of the sale and the clearance rate of 81.4% attests to that. The depth of buying bench shows that if the right horses are in the catalog, people will come to Melbourne and the breeders have to be commended on the standard of presentation this year.”