FBAA spend $2.98 million at Melbourne Premier

The Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale returned record figures for turnover and average last week and the FBAA weighed in with $2.98 million for their clients at Oaklands.

Damon Gabbedy and Megan Kelso of Gow Gates at Oaklands

Damon Gabbedy and Megan Kelso of Gow Gates at Oaklands

Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy led the spend among Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia with $802,500.  He paid $280,000 for the All Too Hard filly from G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Headway and $220,000 for the Pierro half-brother to Trust In A Gust.

Gabbedy admitted he was prepared to pay more for the latter.  “He’s from a very successful international family,” he said.  “And I think he’s the best Pierro in the Premier.”

FBAA member Peter Ford reversed roles in the vendor’s box as bloodstock manager for Hillside Thoroughbreds.  Among the Nagambie nursery’s yearlings was the Americain half-sister to G1 Blue Diamond Stakes starter Areti.

Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths paid Hillside $120,000 on behalf of Americain’s owner Gerry Ryan.  “She’s a beautiful, elegant type and a lovely walker,” Griffiths said.  “I think she’s the most appealing Americain here at Oaklands.

“She isn’t as physically forward as Areti at the same age but will keep developing.  It’s a perfect fit for Gerry.  The filly has an active international page and he’s keen to support Americain.”

Perth based FBAA member Noel Carter targeted an Americain – Tottenham Girl colt for $42,500.  He was offered by Little Plains Stud as agent for Greta West Stud owners Laurie and John McCarthy.

The McCarthy brothers bought Tottenham Girl from PDF Foods owner Rick Smith last year and she is in foal to Swettenham shuttler Toronado.  Second-dam White Hart Lane won four races for Smith and she is the dam of Lucky Penny, a stakes winning daughter of Greta West stallion Keep The Faith.