The 2003 William Inglis and Son Ltd. San Miguel Classic Yearling Sale concluded Tuesday in Australia with an average price of AUS$29,812 for 347 horses sold and an overall gross of AUS$10,344,750, both marginally up on 2002. The overall sale topper was a colt by Flying Spur from the unraced Dehere mare Nuance. The colt was purchased by bloodstock agent Anton Koolman on behalf of Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu. Offered by Kitchwin Hills, as agent for Gordon Henderson, the colt fetched $180,000."It was imperative that he x-rayed 100% clean when buying on behalf of a Hong Kong client and the fact that he did meant we could confidently pay good money," said Koolman. "He was the standout horse of the sale and I had followed his history all the way through and have seem him on numerous occasions. A very athletic horse and his third and fourth dams were both champion racemares." Bloodstock agent David Lamond outlayed $140,000 for a Belong To Me filly from the mare Snarl, the second highest price overall at the sale."A beautiful filly. Beautifully balanced and a superb mover with a very powerful hind quarter. I will send her to the paddock for a few months before breaking her in," commented Lamond.Victorian trainer Robbie Laing buying under the banner of Sutton Grange Racing purchased a Fasliyev colt from the Star Watch mare Sveldte for $115,000.
"I waited all day for him. He is a beautiful individual and I was very keen to buy a Fasliyev. Admittedly I didn't think I would have to pay quite that much money for him but because he was such a standout in the sale it was no surprise that everyone was on him."