An emotional Tim Nolan of Murrulla Stud struggled to find the right words to describe just what it meant to be the new record holder of a Classic yearling.
Lot 609 – a Brazen Beau x Pouter colt from Murrulla – today became the highest-priced horse ever sold at an Inglis Classic Sale, which this year is in its 50th edition.
The yearling (pictured) sold to Bruce Perry Bloodstock for $550,000, eclipsing the old record of $480,000, which was set last year.
Murrulla sold Brazen Beau at the Classic Sale in 2013 and bought Pouter for clients Warwick and Anne Doughty, in foal to him at the final Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale at Newmarket in 2017.
“For a little farm like Murrulla, to hold a record with a company like Inglis with such history and who have sold so many horses at this sale over so many years, I couldn’t believe it to be perfectly honest,” Nolan said.
“This is a massive day for our farm.
“Credit to all the team back home who work so hard with Celie and I. We don’t have a lot of numbers and there’s a lot of bigger farms that this happens to regularly but for a little farm like us, I don’t know, it’s hard to explain to be honest how big this is.”
Perry was thrilled to be taking the colt home.
“I thought he was the pick of the colts. We loved him,” Perry said.
“He is by a sire that looks like he is doing a really good job and I thought he was a stunning individual. I also love (the broodmare sire) Dubawi.
“If he can run, he has some great bloodlines.”
Brazrn Beau was the leading Classic sire by averageOn a day where four of the overall top five lots were sold, it was Darley stallion Brazen Beau who found himself siring the top two lots and ending the sale as leading sire by average ($247,857).
The second-top buy of the day was lot 666, a Brazen Beau x Rose of Hallowell colt offered by Aquis Farm, which Laceby Lodge secured for $480,000.
Aquis sold 12 of their 14 offerings in Book 1, leaving Chief Executive Shane McGrath delighted.
“It was a heck of a sale for the team,” McGrath said.
“We bought the mare for $200,000 in foal to Brazen Beau and sold him for $480,000. It goes to show you it doesn’t matter where you are in the world or at which sale, good horses always get well found and sell well.”
Brazen Beau now holds the record of siring the top three Classic lots ever sold, something Godolphin Australia’s Managing Director Vin Cox is proud of.
“It’s a fantastic record and those who bought them last year are reaping the rewards with the likes of Stakes performers Accession and First Dawn, as well as Pretty Brazen,” Cox said.
“Securing the highest-priced yearling record is just a fantastic result for Tim and Celie Nolan, $550,000 at any sale is a lot of money and a wonderful result here at Classic.”
Article courtesy of Breednet