Mining the middle market

FBAA members have been mining the middle market on the Gold Coast and Adelaide in the lead-up to the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale starting on Tuesday, April 5.

Boomer Bloodstock’s Craig Rounsefell was on home turf to buy three lots at the Gold Coast March Sale including a $60,000 Jet Spur – Ruggles filly from Daandine Stud.  He was more than happy going back to the home of champion-elect Capitalist.  “Rarely get to buy your favourite,” he said on Tuesday.  “Loved her!”

The filly’s older half-sister Defies Gravity (All Bar One) had won an Ipswich maiden by four lengths a week beforehand.



Rounsefell helped put Daandine on the map when he purchased Kitalpha (NZ) for the stud’s owner Jan Clark at the 2012 Magic Millions National Sale.  Covered by Written Tycoon later that year, she foaled Capitalist who completed the Magic Millions 2YO Classic – Golden Slipper double last Saturday.

FBAA member Bill Mitchell also targeted the Daandine draft when paying $32,000 for the Real Saga – Cone colt related to this season’s NZ stakes-performed two year-old Gasoline (Pluck).

In Adelaide, Goldin Farms sold a Sebring filly that topped the sale at $230,000.  From Redoute’s Choice winner Aussie Crawl, she was purchased by Sheamus Mills on behalf of Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent.

“The stallion is flying at the moment and she has a good pedigree,” Mills said.  “Mick and I thought she was the star of the sale and we’re delighted to get her.”

Bill Mitchell bought a Street Boss filly from Mill Park for $110,000, Blue Sky Bloodstock helped beef up McEvoy Mitchell Racing with a High Chaparral colt at $80,000 and Belmont Bloodstock picked out a Written Tycoon filly for $70,000.

Overall, Adelaide was up 33% to an average of $43,737 and the Gold Coast held on to last year’s record gains with an average of $28,420.

The curtain goes up for the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale when a Street Cry filly from Marquee Stud steps into the ring at 10am, Tuesday, April 5.