Royal Academy Colt Tops Inglis Auction in Australia

Into its second year, the Inglis ready-to-run sale of 2-year-olds proved to be a winner on Monday in Melbourne, Australia. Macau-based expatriate Australian trainer Gary Moore, son of former champion jockey George Moore, paid top price of Aust$250,000 for a Royal Academy colt (consigned by Carbine Vale Thoroughbreds).

The colt is the fourth foal from winning imported Woodman mare Ranghiroah, who is a daughter of French group III winner Rich and Famous.

"I've had great interest in this horse since I saw his half-brother, Crown's Master, win in Macau recently," Moore said, "and I came out to Australia to buy him. I thought he breezed like a real professional. He was a really nice type with a great attitude, and Woodman is really exciting as a broodmare sire at present. Hopefully he will do well in Hong Kong."

Another to attract attention was the impressive filly by leading Coolmore stallion Encosta de Lago. Bloodstock agent David O'Callaghan (acting for Japanese buyers) paid Aust$220,000 for the filly (consigned by Melbourne's Kerrygail Farm as agent) out of the stakes-placed, multiple winning Christmas Tree mare Jingle Bells.

Emerging trainer Tom Dabernig, nephew of the late great Colin Hayes, paid Aust$130,000 for a More Than Ready  -- Avonells colt (consigned by Nolen Racing.

"He is a really nice colt," Davernig said, "and I liked the way he moved. More Than Ready is the sire of the moment."

Indeed he is, having sired the recent VRC Derby (Aust-I) winner Benicio.

In all, 117 lots sold (compared to 55 last year) for Aust$3,602,250 at an average of Aust$30,549 (down 29.5% from last year's Aust $43,327).

"We had good support from international buyers with Katsumi Yoshida and the Yushun Racing Club among the Japanese purchasers," said Inglis managing director Reg Inglis. "We're pleased with the results. We had a good catalogue of horses, but we are a little disappointed that there was not more local interest, particularly as we are very positive that these horses will prove themselves on the racetrack. Already 23 horses sold at the 2004 breeze-up have either won or placed."