Excerpts from ANZ Bloodstock News
The Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, which has experienced significant growth in recent years, was a tougher task for vendors this year with key indicators such as average price and median all down.
Inglis’ Victorian bloodstock manager Simon Vivian admitted the sale had proven difficult for vendors but was pleased with the strong finish to the auction headed by the record priced Spirit Of Boom colt.
“To be able to achieve a record price for the sale was very pleasing,’’ Vivian said.
“The clearance rate was especially sticky for the first couple of hours while the sale found its feet, but the second half probably went around 85 per cent clearance through the ring which was satisfying. Private sales will see that advance to over 80 per cent.
“There was great support here from the Victorian training bench, as well as NSW, South Australia and Tasmanian trainers too, so I’m looking forward to seeing some fantastic results on the track from these horses from next year.’’
Rosemont’s record-breaking VOBIS Colt
A Spirit Of Boom colt bred at Rosemont Stud secured a record price of $120,000 for a lot sold at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale on Sunday.
The colt surpassed the $110,000 top price achieved at the 2017 Oaklands Junction sale (for a Fighting Sun colt), after being purchased by Manny Gelagotis.
“We had a specific order for this horse so the clients back home will be happy. We’ve done well,” Gelagotis said.
Rosemont Stud operations manager Gerard Jones said he was ‘ecstatic with the result’.
“He appeared to be the colt of the sale and it turned out that way, which is always nice,” Jones said soon after the colt’s sale.
“It’s really good that Manny got him. He’s VOBIS-qualified, so it’s great that he stayed home.”
Rosemont Stud sold six yearlings yesterday for an aggregate of $164,000 at an average of $27,333.
Toronado filly makes $85,000
The second highest-priced yearling was a filly by first season Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (High Chaparral) who is a half-sister to Group 3 winner I’ll Have A Bit (Smart Missile).
I’ll Have A Bit was runner-up in last October’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic and was fifth in Saturday’s Listed Redelva Stakes at Morphettville.
Bred by Victoria’s Ken and Jenny Breese, the Lot 210 colt was purchased by Boneo Horse Ranch’s Tony Ottobre for $85,000.
The filly is the fifth foal out of dual Melbourne metropolitan-winning mare Take All Of Me (Jeune), herself a daughter of the Group Two winner Tickle My (Perugino).
Ledger lands Burnewang North’s Written Tycoon filly
Long-time successful Victorian trainer John Ledger’s determination to once again become a leading country stable in the state took another step forward when he purchased the third highest-priced lot at the Oaklands Junction sale yesterday.
The Wangaratta-based Ledger, with the support of sons Chris and Brad, bought a filly by Victoria’s premier stallion Written Tycoon for $80,000 from the Burnewang North Pastoral draft.
The Written Tycoon filly is the first foal out of five-time winner and city-placed mare Deeming (Nadeem). Her second dam, the winning mare Aver (Bubble Gum Fellow) is a half-sister to the former Mick Price-trained dual Group One winner Pompeii Ruler (Genuine).
Ledger said Burnewang North Pastoral was a proven producer of high-quality horses, giving him confidence to up his budget for the filly.
“Burnewang always do a nice job and I have bought horses from them before. I have also worked with horses that Mick Price has bought off them. They are always sound and they tell you what they are and where they have been,” Ledger told ANZ Bloodstock News.
Burnewang North Pastoral proprietor Cathy Hains was delighted the Written Tycoon filly was purchased by a strong supporter of the farm.
“John bought her for the same group of owners who he has had quite some success with and they are still racing some Burnewang progeny whose best is hopefully still in front of them, so we really appreciate his loyalty,” Hains told ANZ Bloodstock News.
I Am Invincible filly heads to Warrnambool
Burnewang North Pastoral were also responsible for selling the fourth highest-priced yearling of the day when Warrnambool trainer Matthew Williams went to $75,000 for a daughter of I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) from the Rochester-based farm’s draft.
Catalogued as Lot 106, the filly is the first foal out of juvenile winner Jewel Heist (Dane Shadow), who is herself a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Pampelonne (Rock Of Gibraltar).
Williams purchased the colt in partnership with Sheamus Mills Bloodstock.
“Sheamus is a great judge and Matt is a great trainer, so we are pretty excited about that. She couldn’t be in better hands,” Hains said.
Hains said setbacks suffered by the Written Tycoon and I Am Invincible filly led to them both being catalogued at the Inglis Melbourne VOBIS Gold Sale instead of a select sale earlier this year.
“VOBIS Gold is a lesser sale, of course, than the bigger ones but they stood out and sold to good judges,” Hains said.
In total, Burnewang North Pastoral sold four yearlings for $210,000 at an average of $52,500 to finish the day as the leading vendor by average (three or more lots sold).
Hains, who this year will offer her entire 2017 foal crop as weanlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale and the Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, said the market had been tough for vendors at the middle to lower end of the market at recent yearling sales.
Morgan cashes in on All American filly
A day after All American (Red Ransom) three-year-old Sam’s Image delivered a six figure payday for Peter Morgan when taking out the $180,000 Yulong VOBIS Gold Dash (1100m) at Caulfield, the Whittlesea-based trainer was yesterday reinvesting some of the prize money on a yearling by the same stallion who stands at Chatswood Stud.
Morgan struck early in the session at Oaklands Junction for Lot 29 who is a half-sister to the Listed winner Instalment (Elvstroem) and recent Echuca two-year-old winner Expedius (Unencumbered).
VOBIS Sale Wrap
Australia’s leading trainer Darren Weir was also active, buying a filly by Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor) in partnership with Roll The Dice Racing for $38,000.
“This is a great value sale and there will be some nice horses come out of it. Hopefully we can pick the right one,” Weir told Racing.com.
The leading vendor by aggregate was Supreme Thoroughbreds with a total of 16 yearlings selling for $479,000 at an average of $29,938, while the leading buyer by aggregate was Mornington trainer Kane Harris.
Harris bought five yearlings for $200,000 at an average of $40,000, while the Alice Springs Turf Club purchased 17 yearlings.
In total, nine yearlings sold for $60,000 or more in Melbourne where 200 lots were sold for $3,853,000 an average of $19,265 at a clearance rate of 79 per cent. The median was $13,000. The figures were down on the 2017 sale which averaged $22,593 with a median price of $18,000.