Trio of seven-figure lots light up Inglis Chairman's Sale
Group 1-winning Zabeel mare the main attraction at A$1.2m
The second session of the inaugural Inglis Chairman’s Sale gave yet another indicator of the rude health of the Australian bloodstock market, as 70 lots of elite breeding prospects changed hands in Sydney on Friday evening for turnover of A$23,085,000 (£13,991,042/€16,341,187), including a trio of seven-figure buys.
The session’s top lot came in the shape of Provocative, a Group 1-winning daughter of the late Zabeel offered in foal to Cambridge Stud resident Tavistock, with Paul Willetts going to A$1.2 million (£727,279/€849,444) on behalf of the Liston family’s Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.
“We’ve got two other clients in with us,” said Peter Liston, who was bidding from the restaurant adjacent to the famous Moreton Bay Fig. “Paul Willetts identified the mare and we loved her and it’s where we want to go in the business. We want to have top-quality mares and good clients, we thought she was the mare of the sale so we’re very happy to have her.
“Everything matched - the pedigree, the type. You can’t buy a young Zabeel mare who’s won a Group 1 any more so we took a bit of a punt. We’ve been trying to upgrade our mares for quite a while now but it’s pretty hard to do in this market. So once we identified her we weren’t going to leave her behind.”
The four-year-old, offered by Newgate Farm, won the Group 1 Queensland Oaks in 2016, and retired from racing having won four of her eight starts for Tony Pike. She was bought as a yearling by Paul Moroney for A$250,000.
Liston - who stands the stallions Unencumbered, a son of Testa Rossa, and Stryker, a son of Fastnet Rock - at the farm in Victoria, said that the resulting Tavistock foal was likely to be sold at the 2018 Chairman’s Sale.
John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud, the leading vendor by aggregate at the Easter Yearling Sale that concluded on Thursday, was busy reinvesting as the Hunter Valley-based operation snapped up Don’t Doubt Mamma from the draft of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds for A$1.1m.
The four-year-old daughter of the stud’s resident Not A Single Doubt retired from racing the winner of seven of her 17 starts, including the Group 2 events the Let’s Elope Stakes and the Stocks Stakes.
“She’s going straight to stud and she’s been bought to go to Maurice,” said Arrowfield’s bloodstock manager Jon Freyer. “She’s been bought for Katsumi Yoshida. It’s a family we love, obviously she’s by Not A Single Doubt who’s started nicely as a broodmare sire.
"It’s so hard to buy fillies from that family, let alone Group winners. We thought she was an outstanding physical and a bit unlucky in some of the bigger races so we think she’s probably slightly better than her race record reflects.
“Katsumi already has a substantial amount of broodmares that he keeps with us. We’ve had a lot of success with other mares in the past. We’ve already bred some good horses in partnership with him, including Weekend Hussler who was horse of the year, so it’s a longstanding arrangement we have.”
The mare is a sister to Listed winner Risen From Doubt, while the likes of champion middle distance horse More Joyous, and Group 1 winners Joie Denise, Tuesday Joy and Fenway also appear further back on her page.
Six-time Group 1 winner and Japan Horse of The Year Maurice, a son of Screen Hero, will shuttle to Arrowfield later in the year, where he will stand at a fee of A$33,000 (£20,000/€23,365).
A NewStar is born
The session’s leading buyer was the NewStar Partnership, with the triumvirate of Newgate, WinStar and Kingstar Farms, who only agreed to join forces earlier in the day, splashing out A$3,510,000 on eight lots.
The most expensive acquisition the trio made was Flame Of Sydney, the dam of Group 1 Inglis Sires’ winner Invader - who both Newgate and WinStar have an interest in - and offered in foal to Medaglia D’Oro.
“She’s got all the attributes of a blue hen mare and I thought she was fabulous buying at a million dollars,’’ said Newgate Farm’s Henry Field. “She’s a relatively young mare for what she’s done and not many 13-year-old mares have already produced two real horses, so we’re very happy to buy her.”
Field also revealed that Flame Of Sydney, offered by YuLong Park, was likely to visit his farm’s new recruit, the Golden Slipper winner Capitalist.
The daughter of Encosta De Lago won a Listed race and was placed in two Group 2 events during her racing career, but has flourished since retiring to the paddocks. Not only has she produced Invader, but she is also the dam of Not Listenin’tome, winner of the Group 2 Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint and the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes.
Her yearling colt by Snitzel, a brother to Invader, was sold to Griffiths Racing for A$250,000 during this week’s Easter Yearling Sale.
The 70 lots, comprised of race mares and fillies, broodmares, weanlings and stallion shares and breeding rights, sold at a clearance rate of 86 per cent, generating turnover of A$23,085,000, an average of A$329,786 and a median of A$265,000.
At the close of trade Inglis managing director Mark Webster said: “You can’t progress without innovation and it’s been proven with both the Elite Racing Prospects last week and now tonight’s Elite Breeding Prospects session that this type of sale absolutely belongs in the Australian market.
“It’s clearly the right time of year to be selling elite broodmares and weanlings and that sets us up nicely for next week.’’