Disappointment Turns to Joy at Inglis Classic

By Ric Chapman
Last week at the Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast, one of Australia's most prolific winning trainers, Canberra-based Barbara Joseph, walked away disappointed that she had missed out on a relative to her fabulous pair of females Ain't Seen Nothin' and Commands Nothin'.

On Jan. 16 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, that disappointed furrowed brow turned to sheer joy when her hand was the last one recognized for yet another filly from the family.

And this time she scooped the pool.

Joseph paid $190,000 – the highest price she had ever gone to for a yearling - to secure the half-sister to her stable stars Ain't Seen Nothin' (Nothin' Leica Dane) and Commands Nothin' (Commands) at the Newmarket sale ring in Sydney. All three are from the incredible producer Icecapade, whose four foals to date have all been winners with multiple stakes winner and group I placed Ain't Seen Nothin' earning AUD$614,000 (appU.S.$467,000). The lightly raced Commands Nothin' has won $350,000 (appU.S.$265,000) from just five starts.

"I wanted that horse up on the Gold Coast but people now know the family and it sold well above what I had. But this, who can believe this? I am very happy to secure this filly. The other one was a cousin, this is real family."

"She really reminds me of Ain't Seen Nothin', just looks like her at the same age," said a delighted Joseph.

"I'm not a big spender at yearling sales, and I was expecting to pay about $150,000 but in the end I just had to have her and I think she is well worth the extra money."

Bred and offered for sale by John and Fran Ovenstone of Little Wych Stud in Bathurst, NSW, the dashing bay filly is by proven sire Langfuhr  (Can) who is the current leading 4th crop sire in North America. He hasn't been as grand in Australia, but he does boast a goodly number of stakes winners and his rich Danzig blood will help this filly whose sisters are both by grandsons of Danzig.

The Inglis Sale is traditionally a blue-collar man's sale and prices are never as bold or brassy as the Magic Millions' are, mainly because the pedigree pages here aren't as flashy. But this sale always produces superstars.

The greatest sprinter in the world, Silent Witness – unbeaten in 13 starts and winner of US $7 million thus far, is a Classic graduate being grabbed for just $55,000. Choisir, the horse Coolmore bought for $18 million after he had slaughtered Royal Ascot as a 3-year-old, also cost $55,000 at Classic.

The average after day one this year was $35,894, so it is clear consumer interest is on the rise.

Graeme Rogerson, who is never far from a yearling sale, was responsible for the second highest priced lot – a colt by the emerging star Redoute's Choice from the US-bred mare Later (Slew O'Gold). She was unplaced as a runner and as a mother hasn't been flash either, but her bloodlines are closely related to the Arlington – Washing Futurity winner Secret Halo. And the Redoute's Choice factor will help this colt along.

Arrowfield Stud's Redoute's Choice averaged $89,000 from just three representatives at the sale.

Many of the US shuttle stallions that have been disappointments for reasons no one in Australia understands, had progeny sell too. Thunder Gulch sired five of the lots offered on day one and his average was a sad AUD$14,000 (appU.S.$10,600) while King Of Kings, Brahms, Twining, Real Quiet, Gilded Time, Fasliyev and Favorite Trick fared only slightly better.

Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Session Statistics
Lots Catalogued: 285
Lots Withdrawn: 20
Lots Passed In: 57
Lots Sold: 208
Top Price: $190,000
Gross Value: $7,465,955
Average Price: $35,894
Median Price: $30,000