Blue Sky runner from Bhima

Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Julian Blaxland spent $5.25 million with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott before the curtain closed on the first Inglis Easter Yearling Sale at Riverside Stables this week.

They combined to buy 15 yearlings for leading local and international buyers like USA owner George Bolton who led a syndicate that paid $1.20 million for the Snitzel colt from Asscher (NZ).

It’s another Group 1 branch of the Eight Carat family and he’s bred on the same cross as this year’s Oakleigh Plate winner Russian Revolution.

“George Bolton and Glenlogan Park are in the colt,” Blaxland said.  “He’s from Bhima Thoroughbreds and they run off that farm.   Gai identified him when we were in the Hunter Valley and she hasn’t asked me to bid that aggressively for some time.

“He’s not cheap, but he’s by the champion stallion.  He’s a beautiful colt and Gai wasn’t leaving without him.”

Bolton was represented by agent Kerri Radcliffe who was grateful to Waterhouse for her support first-up in Sydney.  “I aspire to be like her.  Gai is the most amazing woman.”

Blaxland, Waterhouse and Bott also went to $1.05 million for an I Am Invincible half-brother to G1 Golden Slipper winner Mossfun (Mossman).  “He was well bought from our perspective,” Blaxland claimed.  “I Am Invincible is going strong and he’s a magnificent colt.  

“It’s a very strong sale for the right horses here and that doesn’t surprise me.  We’re delighted to get him for that money.”

Fellow FBAA member Boomer Bloodstock also targeted an I Am Invincible millionaire for trainer John O’Shea who continues to rebuild his stable at Randwick.  His colt from O’Shea stakes-winner Hoss Amor (General Nediym) made $1.05 million from Yarraman Park.

“To me, he’s the best I Am Invincible here and obviously I had an affiliation with his mother,” O’Shea said.  “He looks ready-made and we’ve put a syndicate together with China Horse Club.”

Other buys for Boomer’s Craig Rounsefell were on behalf of trainers Lindsey Smith (Olympic Glory filly - $400k) and Matt Cumani (Choisir & Written Tycoon fillies - $290k).

DGR Thoroughbred Services purchased a half-dozen lots for $1.39 million.  A Redoute's Choice three-quarter sister to Not A Single Doubt topped the list at $600,000.

Laurel Oak Bloodstock also signed for 6 yearlings totalling $1.03 million.  Louis Mihalyka’s son Alex is putting together a first-time partnership with some mates for the All Too Hard – Panipique colt that cost $110,000 from Turangga Farm.  Alex is looking for more mates!

Belmont Bloodstock bought 5 for $1.10 million.  Vinery’s filly by in-form sire All Too Hard from Group 1 star Snitzerland accounted for nearly half that amount at $500,000.

Sheamus Mills Bloodstock was in action at Riverside with fillies by Snitzel ($400k) and Dissident ($250k).  SMB also sourced NZ stakes performer Miss Delveen (Encosta de Lago) for Highgrove Stud’s Ron and Debbie Gilbert in 2015 and watched her first foal – a filly by Redoute’s Choice – make $450,000 to the bid of Victorian-based RMA Bloodstock.

Among other FBAA members with their tops buys were; Pinhook Bloodstock International (Redoute's Choice colt - $150k), Mark Pilkington Management (Medaglia d'Oro colt - $160k), Randwick Bloodstock (Fastnet Rock colt - $300k), Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (Medaglia d'Oro filly - $240k), Astute Bloodstock (Dissident colt - $140k)

Book 1 of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale saw turnover reach $116.45 million.  The average was down 2% to $347,634 while the number of millionaires grew from 17 to 22.

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) was formed in 1988 to maintain, improve and develop the standards, status and services of bloodstock agents throughout Australia.  Its members operate with the utmost integrity and professionalism and are bound by the strict Industry Code of Conduct.

  KERRI RADCLIFFE, JULIAN BLAXLAND & GAI WATERHOUSE

KERRI RADCLIFFE, JULIAN BLAXLAND & GAI WATERHOUSE