Victorian vendors lift Inglis Easter Sale

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds led the way for Victorian vendors with a $1.50 million colt at the Inglis Easter yearling sale this week.

Presented on behalf of Black Caviar’s breeder Rick Jamieson, Three Bridges topped Day 2 when the Street Cry – Star on High colt was sold to Emirates Park and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa.

He is from a half-sister to Group 1 winners Peeping Fawn (Danehill) and Thewayyouare (Kingmambo).  “Emirates Park bought Mossfun here so let’s hope this colt wins the Golden Slipper next year,” Three Bridges Toby Liston said.  “We expected him to be popular and Rick has the key to breeding a good horse.”

Emirates Park representative Trevor Lobb confirmed the colt will join Mossfun at Team Hawkes.  “He’s a proper athlete with a pedigree to back it up.  He can be a sire if he can gallop.”

The Super VOBIS brand was also to the fore when Maybe’s consignment through Milburn Creek totalled $1,645,000.  The most expensive among the half-dozen to change hands was the $450,000 Choisir colt bought by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa.

The chestnut is a brother to Champion Australian & European sprinter Starspangledbanner.

Makybe owners Tony and Deslee Santic sold a High Chaparral colt out of Makybe Diva for $275,000 and a Bernardini filly from the Melbourne Cup legend’s half-sister Valkyrie Diva for $170,000

Eliza Park International sold colts by Fastnet Rock ($400,000) and Commands ($300,000).  The latter was among the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s shopping list.

Two Bays Farm had two Snitzel fillies that were also picked up by overseas buyers.  The Flinders stud received $200,000 for the half-sister to Melbourne stakes winner Liesele.  She is heading to New Zealand.

And the $110,000 filly from New York stakes winner Miss Tizzy was signed up by UK based Pritchard-Gordon Racing.

Romsey vendor Supreme Thoroughbreds averaged $204,000 for five yearlings which was a tremendous result for its first foray to the Easter Sale.

Supreme owner Brent Grayling received $380,000 for the first one to parade – a Denman colt from Many Facets.  The dam is a half-sister to G1 Toorak Hcp winner Shot Of Thunder.

Kiwi agent Glen Harvey went to $420,000 for a Zabeel – Danevade filly offered by Newgate Farm on behalf of Morning Rise Stud.  Her dam was Group 3 placed at Sandown and signed off with a Caulfield victory in March 2008.

Morning Rise proprietor Robert McClure is continuing to upgrade his broodmare portfolio on the Mornington peninsula.  Danevade is from a sister to Shania Dane and Hong Kong champion Scintillation.

McClure bought Group 1 winning mare Yosei (Invincible Spirit) last year and sent her to Fastnet Rock.

Limerick Lane owner Gerry Ryan offered the only Super VOBIS-nominated yearling by Snitzel at the Easter Sale and was rewarded with $200,000 off a $27,500 service fee from Sheikh Hamdan.

The colt was sold by Glastonbury Farms (as agent) and is from Irish bred Choisir mare The Loan Express who was stakes placed at Royal Ascot and the Curragh.  She has a filly foal by Swettenham sire Master Of Design.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm drew the curtain on the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale with five supplementary lots on Thursday afternoon.

The Corinella stud’s consignment was topped by the Not a Single Doubt – Emilydelago filly that made $300,000 to the bid of Troy and Leon Corstens.  She is a half-sister to Bel Esprit stakes performer Zellindi.

It was also the top price paid among the 15 yearlings catalogued by Arrowfield sire Not A Single Doubt.

Earlier at the Easter Sale, Lauriston sold a Street Cry colt (Lot 28) and a More Than Ready filly (Lot 310) for $200,000 apiece.

Darley purchased the Street Cry from Lauriston’s Group 1 winner Gold Edition and Caulfield trainer Mick Price bought the More Than Ready who is out of Amarazetti, a multiple Melbourne winner and G3 runner-up in a Blue Diamond Prelude.

– Karl Patterson