Australian Winter Sale Gross Up

The winter mixed sale in Sydney, Australia was up 37% in gross, rising from $1,378,000 to $1,893,550.

"The Winter Sale has really gained momentum in recent years, attracting quality bloodstock and a wide range of buyers. The clearance rate of nearly 90% is a great indication of the popularity this sale now enjoys," commented associate sales director Jonathan D'Arcy.

Banned bleeder Grandiser was a surprise sale topper, purchased back by one of his original part owners for $110,000. The talented 3-year-old gelding has won four races from seven starts, but two bleeding attacks have placed him on the barred list and any future racing will have to be done elsewhere.

The mare Roadstop, the star offering from the Lucernevale Stud dispersal, achieved top price honors in the broodmare section, knocked down to Scone-based bloodstock agent Glenn Burrows for $97,500. She is a half-quarter sister to Blue Diamond winner Road to Success, and a full sister to stakes-winner Condotti.

"She's a lovely type of mare, good length, and strength about her," said Burrows.

"Her half-brother by Octagonal made $385,000 at Easter this year and she's in foal to a great colonial sire in Zeditave, so there's a lot to like about her."

The reduction of bloodstock from Gooree Park Stud was well received by buyers eager to tap into some of the most successful families in the studbook. The Gooree draft generated turnover of $547,900, highlighted by Tropical Splendour, a 5-year old mare by Catrail from the family of black-type producer Royalivor, dam of group winners King Ivor, Snake Eyes, and Linney Head. Emirates Park went to $75,000 to secure the mare with a positive test to leading sire Octagonal.

Another top seller for Gooree was Estancia, an unraced daughter of VRC Oaks winner Sandy's Pleasure, by Dehere. The 5-year old boasted a much sought after positive cover to outstanding sire Snippets and was purchased by Iskander Racing for $75,000.