Belmont Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Damon Gabbedy was back to business on Day 1 of the Inglis Easter Sale after celebrating the G3 WA Oaks victory of Very Tempting on Saturday.
Gabbedy paid $420,000 for Very Tempting on behalf of long-time clients Bob & Sandra Peters in 2015 and the Redoute’s Choice filly is likely back up against the colts in the G2 WA Derby this weekend.
A strong buying bench meant competition was fierce when the 2017 Easter Sale commenced on Tuesday but Gabbedy won out with a $400,000 bid for the Tavistock - Bagalollies filly from Trelawney Stud.
She is a sister to Werther who was a Group 2 winner in NZ and Australia before relocating to Hong Kong where he claimed a Group 1 in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on the way to Horse of the Year honours last year.
Louis Le Metayer’s Astute Bloodstock (FBAA) was also successful with a $400,000 call on Tuesday for the Sebring - Alpine Club colt from Widden Stud. Catalogued as Lot 34, he’s from a Group 3 winning South African mare and is a half-brother to Australian-bred winners by Choisir and Haradasun.
Laurel Oak Bloodstock (FBAA) finished in front on Day 1 after selling a Sepoy colt to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $150,000. His dam Ancient Song won a G1 Salinger Stakes at Flemington and has foaled stakes winners like Tampiko for Laurel Oak and Turangga Farm.
Laurel Oak’s Louis Mihalyka went back and spent $110,000 on an All Too Hard colt from Randwick stakes winner Galizani offered by Coolmore Stud on behalf of Victorian breeder Robert McClure.
Mihalyka completed the sale of Laurel Oak’s star sprinter Rebel Dane last week. He will continue racing before retiring to stand at Swettenham Stud later this year.
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