Darley sire Brazen Beau finished the Inglis Premier Sale with five lots in the Top 10 including a $450,000 yearling purchased by Mark Pilkington Management (FBAA).
An immediate success at stud, Brazen Beau dominated Book 1 in Melbourne. Pilkington’s colt from Original Choice (Redoute’s Choice) was offered by Blue Gum Farm as agent for Victorian breeder Des Pope.
Bought on behalf of Cranbourne trainers Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, the colt was catalogued as Lot 364 and is a half-brother to Caulfield stakes performer Brockhoff (Lonhro). The Melbourne link goes back to second-dam Innovation Girl, a G2 Ascot Vale Stakes winner for Pope who was a great supporter of her sire Rubiton when he stood at Blue Gum.
“We bought him for Trent and Natalie and the brief was to try and find a nice running VOBIS horse, so you have got to look for the good families and the good breeders,” Pilkington said. “We were actually in Brockhoff who was a very promising horse but he went amiss, so the mare has shown she can throw a winner.”
Blue Sky Bloodstock paid $240,000 on behalf of trainer Anthony Freedman to secure the Dundeel - Ain’tnofallenstar colt (Lot 41) from Bhima Thoroughbreds on Sunday. “Dundeel is flying,” Freedman said. “And the dam was a talented mare who we trained to win two stakes race in Adelaide.”
Within the hour, Blue Sky’s Julian Blaxland struck again for the Flemington trainer when bidding $250,000 on the Hinchinbrook full-brother to G2 MVRC Australia Stakes winner Whispering Brook (Lot 54).
Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado averaged $114,000 during Book 1 topped by an exceptional colt from Divine Princess (Lot 146) that cost $310,000. Astute Bloodstock’s Louis Le Metayer bought him for clients of Hong Kong trainer Richard Gibson.
“I’m a great believer in Toronado and he has an exceptional profile for Australia and Hong Kong,” Le Metayer said. “I bought another Toronado at the Classic Sale and this colt will be trained by Archie Alexander at Ballarat before going to Richard.”
Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson topped the Book 1 vendor averages at a tick over $200,000 and that was the price Belmont Bloodstock paid for the Nagambie farm’s I Am Invincible – Summerbliss filly (Lot 475).
Summerbliss was Group 1 placed in the 2012 VRC Oaks won by Dear Demi and her 2yo filly by I Am Invincible made $180,000 at last year’s Premier Sale. She was purchased by Wylie Dalziel & Peter Moody and is named Invincible Bliss.
The first yearlings by Darley sire Kermadec (NZ) were popular averaging $152,000 at Oaklands and Boomer Bloodstock weighed in with $200,000 for the colt out of Hangin’ Tough (Lot 210). His dam is a three-quarter sister to Darley shuttler Helmet.
A day before the start of Premier, Boomer Bloodstock’s Craig Rounsefell watched his $150,000 Inglis Easter graduate Lady Naturaliste (Choisir) win the LR Cinderella Stakes at Morphettville.
Commercial Bloodstock’s Noel Carter paid $70,000 for a Sessions – Visited colt (Lot 11) sold by Blue Gum Farm (as agent). He’s from a half-sister to G1 Doomben 10,000 winner Beaded and will be prepared by premiership-winning Perth trainer Adam Durrant.
Carter’s prolific Perth winner My Greek Boy will be gunning for a hat-trick in the LR Bunbury Stakes on Wednesday. A $25,000 buy at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, the son of Myboycharlie (Ire) has won 13 races and $424,510.
Bluegrass Bloodstock’s Lenny Russo, who has Moss N Dale (NZ) in the $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington on March 16, bought a Brazen Beau filly for $150,000. She will be raced by Dream Thoroughbreds with Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.
Dean Watt purchased a Lonhro filly (Lot 328) for $150,000 on account of Dynamic Syndications. She was offered by Sledmere Stud and is a half-sister to four winners including Brisbane stakes performer Billy The Kid.
Group 1 Bloodstock’s Mat Becker and trainer Lloyd Kennewell bought an Akeed Mofeed colt ($200,000) and fillies by Written Tycoon ($120,000), Headwater ($75,000) and Press Statement ($57,000).
“The Akeed Mofeed colt is built to be a powerhouse sprinter and he was the one we wanted,” Kennewell said. “I can’t wait to get him going for the early 2yo races.”
Pinhook Bloodstock’s Dave Mee doubled up on Monday with $165,000 for a Press Statement colt (Lot 242) and $110,000 for a Toronado filly (Lot 246).
Mee bought a Press Statement filly for Flying Start Syndications at the Classic Sale and targeted the Vinery sire’s Premier Sale colt from Karata who is a winning daughter of Australian Horse of the Year Let’s Elope.
“He’s a big, tough, free-flowing colt with a great page. We won’t push him. He's more of a winter 2yo – just like his sire. The Press Statements look like athletes with plenty of bone and scope. They really are impressive types.”
Laurel Oak Bloodstock missed out on two lots that eventually sold for $540k and $300k on Sunday but had the final say for a Hinchinbrook colt (Lot 435) on Tuesday morning. “Had to adjust budget to match my champagne tastes!” Louis Mihalyka tweeted. “But we were delighted to buy the Hinchinbrook for $150,000.”
The Laurel Oak colt will be trained by David Pfieffer who also prepares his talented half-sister Prophet’s Thumb. She has a Listed engagement in the Fireball Stakes (1100m) at Randwick this Saturday.
Sheamus Mills Bloodstock teamed up with Warrnambool trainer Matthew Williams at Oaklands and among their buys were a Vancouver colt ($70,000) and a Star Witness half-sister to speed-machine O’Malley ($60,000). “She flew under the radar,” Williams said. “Star Witness can get a filly and she’s a lovely-walking VOBIS filly.”
SMB also bought a Tavistock – Octapussy filly (Lot 356) from Maluka Thoroughbreds for $310,000. She is a half-sister to stakes winners Pussy Willow, Pussy O'Reilly and Inside Agent. “Nice to pocket a Tavistock filly with the best pedigree in the sale,” Mills said. “She was bred by Sir Patrick Hogan so hopefully a bit of his luck rubs off on her.”
Randwick Bloodstock’s Brett Howard and Star Thoroughbreds founder Denise Martin added to their shopping list in Melbourne with a Nicconi – Clearwater Bay filly the most expensive at $300,000. Her sister Lankan Star was a last-start runner-up in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes for Lindsay Park.
Among the other RBA buys was a colt by Vinery sire Headwater for $135,000 from Esker Lodge. He’s the first foal of Swaane, a winning half-sister to Jessy Belle (G2 Matriarch Stakes).
Mitchell Bloodstock commenced the Premier Sale with $80,000 for the Headwater – Umaquest colt (Lot 1) offered by Stonehouse Thoroughbreds. He’s a half-brother to 6 winners including Randwick Group 3 winner Yattarna and will be raced by John McDonald & Matthew Ennis.
Peter Ford was the busiest Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) member at Oaklands with 11 lots secured for trainer Robbie Griffiths. Their first buy was a Vancouver filly (Lot 114) from the British family of G1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner Pipalong.
She will be marketed as a ladies syndicate filly after being knocked down for $120,000.
Griffiths was also keen on the $105,000 Redwood – Morena filly (Lot 334) labelling her as a lovely Oaks filly of the future. The Deep Field – Oomaroo colt (Lot 361) looks just as fast as his dad according to Griffiths and was a bargain a $50,000.
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