Fastnet Rock colt bound for Karaka 2012

More than $3 million was traded on Day 2 of the Australian Weanling & Bloodstock Sale at Newmarket on Thursday.

The day’s highest price came for a Fastnet Rock colt from the Anabaa mare Snake Mary which sold for $130,000.  The successful buyer was New Zealand based Michael Wallace continuing on from his strong presence during the opening session.

The colt’s dam Snake Mary is a sister to the Group 2 winner French Bid from the family of Group 1 winners Sudurka, Shot Of Thunder, Lachlan River and My Brilliant Star.

Wallace also secured the day’s second highest priced lot when paying $120,000 for Amarina Farm’s colt by Lonhro from Princess Pedrille.  He is a three-quarter-brother to G2 winner O’Lonhro who is based at Larneik Stud in Victoria.

“The weanling sale ended particularly well,” Inglis Bloodstock Director Jonathan D’Arcy said.  “It finished with an 88% clearance rate, which is outstanding and a credit to vendors for meeting the market.

“Competition on the better horses was very strong, with several potential buyers going home empty handed.  No doubt vendors will be sending more good horses to this sale next year to capitalise on what has been a very strong market for the better weanlings on offer.”

The two-day Select Weanling session grossed $3.38 million at an average of $15,818.  The General Weanling session added another $103,450 to the sale total.

The supplementary entries were headed by a Snitzel – Steal My Love colt from Emerald Thoroughbreds bought by Belmont Bloodstock for $50,000.