Buyers have been busily going about inspections at Newmarket ahead of this week’s Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale that starts on Tuesday.
“There’s a good vibe about the complex and plenty of interest from local and international buyers ahead of the sale,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said on Sunday. “There a few new faces as well, which is encouraging.
“It’s nice to see many connections that had runners in the Golden Slipper inspecting including Dr Ed Bateman whose two purchases last year Satin Shoes and Foxwedge made it into the field.”
Saturday’s Golden Slipper meeting at Rosehill Gardens once again shaped the fortunes for breeders ahead of the southern hemisphere’s flagship sale.
While some were left pondering the misfortunes of Fastnet Rock, with two of his five Golden Slipper runners withdrawn at the barrier, More Than Ready surged to outright second on the General Sires’ list with his progeny collecting almost a million dollars in stakes on Saturday.
More Joyous collected another Group 1 victory in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes while Perth filly Dreamaway defeated the colts in the Group 1 WATC Derby.
More Than Ready’s Golden Slipper third placegetter Elite Falls added further value to her Haradasun sister to be sold by Stuart Ramsay’s Turangga Farm as Lot 373 on Wednesday afternoon.
More Than Ready will be represented by 27 yearlings at this week’s sale including Lot 115 on account of Vinery Stud and Lot 209 from Milburn Creek that are bred on the same Danehill cross as Dreamaway and Elite Falls.
Danehill completed a Golden Slipper trifecta as a grandsire with Sepoy and Elite Falls from his daughters while runner up Mosheen is by his son Fastnet Rock.
There are 25 yearlings out of Danehill mares catalogued for the 2011 Easter Sale including 11 by Encosta de Lago, a cross which has produced 20% stakes performers to runners including recent Group 1 winner Aloha, Champion 2YO Merlene de Lago and this season’s unbeaten 2YO filly One Last Dance.