Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) member John Chalmers made the Top 10 at the Inglis Easter yearling sale with a Fastnet Rock filly for $950,000.
Perth-based Chalmers bought the filly (pictured) for a local syndicate including Nic Giorgetta, Rob Mitchell and Wayne Forrest. She’s from G2 Emancipation Stakes winner Kosi Bay (Spinning World) and Chalmers knows the family having paid Haunui Farm $270,000 for her close relation First Impressions at the 2014 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale.
First Impressions (Rip Van Winkle) added a timely Group 3 to the catalogue page in the WA Oaks (2400m) just days before the Easter Sale. “I love the family,” Chalmers said. “She’s a cracking type and I thought she was a better buy than a colt with all that residual value.”
Team Hawkes will train the Fastnet Rock filly. “She’s outstanding,” Michael Hawkes stated. “Great walk, good attitude, very athletic and we thought probably one of the picks of the sale yard.
“We’ve had a bit of luck for the Perth boys with Entirely Platinum. They fell in love with this filly and were prepared to probably go for a bit more.
“We have a lot of Fastnets. They might want a touch bit of time but we really let the horses do the talking. This one’s a cracking filly with a good pedigree. She’s an athlete and has good residual value. What more could you ask for?”
Boomer Bloodstock’s Craig Rounsefell was next best FBAA member paying $850,000 for a Redoute's Choice - Love Wings (USA) colt from Arrowfield Stud.
Laurel Oak bought two fillies and colt by Darley sire Sepoy for a total spend of $825,000 at Easter. The trio were from Hunter Valley vendors Milburn Creek, Widden Stud and Edinglassie Stud.
DGR Thoroughbred Services bought colts by Lonhro, Street Cry and All Too Hard for $735,000 and Randwick Bloodstock paid a combined $360,000 for a Snitzel filly and Sebring colt.