Big Gains at Inglis Continue

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Lot 316 | Inglis

After the close of the second of four days of selling during the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, 296 lots have cumulatively grossed A$30,391,500, over A$2.5 million above last year’s gross at this point. The clearance rate is a positive 90% over the first two days, with an average of A$102,657 (+36%) and a median of A$80,000 (+45.5%). A colt by sire of the moment I Am Invincible (Aus) topped proceedings at A$400,000 and was purchased by Hong Kong’s Sun Bloodstock.

During just Sunday’s session, 191 yearlings found new homes from 215 offered, good for a clearance rate of 89%. The gross was A$16,729,000, while the average increased by 31.4% to A$87,586 and the median rose even more, gaining 40% to A$70,000.

Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible is now responsible for four of the five top-priced lots after two days of trade, including Sunday’s topper, a colt out of the winning Chickasaw (NZ) (Flying Spur {Aus}. He leads by aggregate, A$2,505,000 for 9 sold, as well as by average, which stands at A$278,333. Lot 316, offered by Yarraman, currently the leading vendor with an an aggregate of A$1,922,500 for 10 sold, is from the family of MG1SW Malaguerra (Aus) (Magnus {Aus}).

“We are very happy as vendors with the whole sale,” Yarraman’s Harry Mitchell said. “It’s been going very well. The buyers are here, the market’s good and we’ve got stallions people like which doesn’t hurt either. The Chickasaw colt, he’s a lovely horse who we knew would sell well because he’s a great type.”

Trainer Tony McEvoy has been busy during the first two days of the Classic Yearling Sale, snapping up a wide range of lots, eight in total and seven on Sunday alone, from A$40,000 to A$340,000 for a net of A$1,360,000. Leading the way among the octet is lot 130, a filly by Zoustar (Aus) from the draft of Rosemont Stud.

“Why wouldn’t I be here for that reason?” McEvoy said, with an eye toward winning the A$2-million Inglis Millennium on the all new A$4-million Inglis Race Day scheduled to begin the Saturday afternoon prior to the Classic Yearling Sale night session in 2019. “It’s a fantastic initiative and I want to be the inaugural winning trainer. The Zoustar filly, she’s got class, a great head and eye and she’s feisty, which I love.”

The filly is the second foal out of the winning Special Favour (Aus) (General Nediym {Aus}), while her second dam is MGSW and MG1SP My Tusker (NZ) (Volksraad {GB}), a half-sister to MGSP Platinum Passion (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}), already responsible for listed hero Tribal Wisdom (Aus) (Makfi {GB}). McEvoy is already familiar with this family, having purchased a son of Fastnet Rock (Aus) out of My Tusker (lot 123) for A$175,000 out of the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale last month. Fourth dam is champion Horlicks (NZ) (Three Legs {GB}), who produced champion Australian stayer Brew (NZ) (Sir Tristram {Ire}) and New Zealand champion female stayer Bubble (NZ) (Sir Tristram {Ire}).

Lot 193, the third dearest lot on the day, once again went the way of McEvoy, as he paid A$300,000 for the Lucas Bloodstock offering. Previously purchased for A$180,000 out of the Inglis Chairman’s Sale last April from the Newhaven Park draft, the son of Newgate Farm’s Deep Field (Aus) is out of a sister to Group 3 hero Exceedingly Good (Aus) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}), as well as Better Be The One (Aus) (More Than Ready), a MSW in Singapore.

“The Deep Field colt, he had a swagger about him, he looked a real athletic horse,” said McEvoy.

Another colt by Deep Field, Milburn Creek’s lot 157, sold for A$220,000 to Bruce Perry Bloodstock. He is a son of four-time winner Tahnee Topaz (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}), a half-sister to three SP runners. One of the trio, Tahnee Tango (Aus) (Grand Lodge), has produced Group 3 winner Worthy Cause (Aus) (Choisir {Aus}).

Young sire Pierro (Aus) also enjoyed a decent session, with Sweetbriar Equine shelling out A$260,000 for lot 127, a colt out of G3 Glenlogan Park S. heroine Sookie (Aus) (Casino Prince {Aus}). The Newgate Farm-consigned colt’s third dam is Australian champion juvenile filly Victory Vein (Aus) (Mr Henrysee).

The third day of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Book 1 will be held on Monday, beginning at 11 a.m. local time, with lots 361-600 going through the ring. For the complete results, go to www.inglis.co.au.

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