By Ric Chapman
Fashion has been the bane of men for years. Take Monday's Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney, Australia as the purest of examples. Redoute's Choice, the group I winning superstar son of Danehill topped the sale when his long-barreled son from the Sky Chase mare Angel In Disguise (unplaced in two starts) was knocked down for $220,000 (U.S. $165,910) to legendary trainer Bart Cummings.
Nothing overly untoward about that--actually it was expected as Angel In Disguise is a half-sister to former Cumming's trained Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) winner Saintly. Still, Redoute's Choice, as the top producer confounded some. He has always been the boomed freshman sire on the scene--more so even than Stravinsky, Fasliyev, Commands, and Orpen.
The only one from this incredible crop of new boys to match him on the hype scale is colonial freshman Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady) whose yearlings averaged a healthy $55,000 at Classic after averaging $120,000 at Magic Millions last week--all off a $4,000 service fee.
Anyway, the love affair with Redoute's Choice continued at Classic despite him having eight individual runners from his debut crop for just one lone winner. It is true, that lone winner, Not A Single Doubt, is probably the best juvenile in Australia at present, but take him out and well...
Still, the Inglis management was happy with the sale. It was a record price for their January Sale which has grown in importance every year since the 1990s rocked around. For example, Classic gave us two years back, Choisir (Danehill Dancer-Great Selection) who was bought for $55,000 (U.S. $41,480) and sold 18 months later to John Magnier for $21million (U.S. $15,839,000). Hong Kong and potentially the world's best sprinter at present, Silent Witness (El Moxie-Jade Tiara), was also a Classic sale graduate.
Reg Inglis, the managing director of the Inglis clan which runs the Classic sale, and also Australia's leading sale, the Australian Easter sale, was buoyed with the records set this year.
"The outstanding success of Classic yearling sale graduates in recent years attracted a huge crowd, with spirited bidding on all horses. This is the best ever Classic yearling sale and we now look forward with great anticipation to the Melbourne Premier and Australian Easter yearling sales," said Inglis.
The 2004 Classic yearling sale broke new barriers with a 30% increase in the gross to $13,512,000 (U.S. $10,182,100) up from $10,425,570 (U.S. $7,844,710) last year. The clearance rate from the catalogue of 504 was a healthy 86% while the sale average was $34,646 (U.S. $26,129) up 18% from last year's $29,285.
Other Lots of note were:
LOT BREEDING VENDOR PURCHASER PRICE
c. Redoute's Choice x Angel In Disguise Edinglassie Stud as agent Bart Cummings $220,000
c Encosta De Lago x Money Maker Shipton Lodge as agent Noel Mayfield Smith $210,000
f. Commands x Cuff Werai Park Stud Bart Cummings $175,000
c. Beautiful Crown x Antolomeo Red Gums Stud as agent Bill Fisher $160,000
f. Fasliyev x Miss McCartney Alanbridge Stud as agent Tim Martin $160,000
f. Redoute's Choice x Satin Sheets Byerley Stud as agent John Shannon $135,000
c. Xaar x Alto Flyer Corumbene Stud as agent Vin Cox B'Stock $130,000
c. Faltaat x Smashing Belle Inverness Stud Paul Perry $130,000
c. Commands x Follow The Fashion Willow Park as agent Barbara Joseph $112,500
c. Easy Rocking x Umanique Inverness Stud as agent G. Alati $105,000