Industry reaction to Riverside Stables was overwhelmingly in favour of the new sales complex when the Inglis Classic Sale drew to a close on Tuesday.
Torryburn Stud’s John Cornish led the accolades at Warwick Farm. “It was a privilege to sell the first horse through this state-of-the-art sale-ring. For me, it’s the best selling complex I have seen anywhere in the world…and I am proud to be a part of it.”
The Torryburn yearling that opened Day 1 of the Classic Sale was a Shooting to Win – Raheights colt purchased by YuLong Investments for $190,000. He’s a half-brother to Randwick Group 3 winner Diddums (Snitzel).
Mick Price will train the colt for YuLong owner Zhang Yuesheng. They combined to win the G3 Autumn Stakes with Holy Snow at Caulfield on Saturday and the Fastnet Rock colt is on course for the G1 Australian Guineas at Flemington next month.
YuLong bloodstock adviser Sheamus Mills (FBAA) was on hand for two other buys at the Classic Sale, a Rubick colt ($200,000) and Dissident filly ($150,000).
SMB also purchased fillies for other clients by I Am Invincible ($200,000), Sebring ($130,000) and Charge Forward ($80,000). The daughter of sire sensation I Am Invincible is from a family familiar to Mills. Her second-dam Cherry Garden (Sir Tristram) was one of the first mares he looked after when starting out in the industry.
Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA) bought the second top-priced yearling at the Classic Sale when bidding $475,000 for the Carramar Park colt from Sonnenblume (Exceed And Excel). His dam is a three-quarter sister to Shinzig and Strada.
“It makes sense to acquire as many yearlings as possible by a premier stallion like I Am Invincible,” Boomer’s Craig Rounsefell said. “He’s a very forward colt with a stallion’s pedigree. Physically, he was the one we wanted to target so we went after him strong.”
Tony Gollan will train the colt with a view to setting him for the inaugural $2 million Inglis Millenium (1200m) at Warwick Farm this time next year.
Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) was third on the leader-board with $410,000 for a Spirit of Boom colt from Gleeson Thoroughbreds in Queensland. His dam Our Dreaming (Tale of the Cat) won an Eagle Farm juvenile on debut for trainer Noel Doyle.
“We feel very lucky to turn up with a colt that was a ripping type by the sire of the moment and we’ve been rewarded,” vendor Jacob Gleeson said. “He’s been bomb-proof all week and must have been out 100 times.”
Among other buys for Blue Sky’s Julian Blaxland were fillies by Olympic Glory ($155,000) and Spirit of Boom ($135,000) and a colt by So You Think ($210,000). He also combined with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott for fillies by I Am Invincible ($200,000) and Foxwedge ($100,000).
Topping the sale sheets of other FBAA members at Warwick Farm were:
Astute Bloodstock: $150,000 Toronado colt going to Danny Williams. First-crop son of Swettenham Stud’s Group 1 winning English Miler from Sydney winner Storm Kite.
Bill Mitchell: $240,000 Hinchinbrook colt from Edinburgh Park. From a half-sister to Arapaho Miss (G1 VRC Oaks).
Bluegrass Bloodstock: $100,000 Dream Ahead half-brother to Randwick stakes winning filly Alart. Agent Lenny Russo also bought a So You Think colt for Dream Thoroughbreds manager Dave Azzopardi and a Zebedee filly for trainer Shea Eden.
Laurel Oak: $160,000 Pierro filly out of G3 SA National Stakes winner Vivi Veloce (More Than Ready). “Not much buying joy at very strong sale,” Laurel Oak manager Louis Mihalyka lamented. “Under-bidder for the top-priced Pierro. Melb Premier here we come!”
Pinhook Bloodstock: Total spend exceeded $200,000 for colts by Rubick, Olympic Glory and a filly by Smart Missile. “Wow! What a week,” PBI agent Dave Mee said. “From a world-class facility to on-ground hype and block-busting results.”
Mee also reported several pinhook and private purchases that played out profitably for PBI clients at the Classic Sale. They included colts by Hallowed Crown (Lot 329), Star Witness (Lot 348) & Hinchinbrook (Lot 551) and the filly by Your Song (Lot 228).
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