It was another action packed day ringside and whilst Brazen Beau progeny continued to prove popular in the sale ring, it was another Victorian stallion that took top honours on Day Two of the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Gilgai Farm’s Kelly Skillecorn was all smiles after lot 345, a Written Tycoon x Naturale colt, sold to Mark Player’s International Thoroughbred Solutions for $675,000.
“This is the best place to sell horses. We’ve been very lucky with Inglis and it continues again today,’’ said Kelly.
Trainer Ciaron Maher secured the day’s second-top lot, Blue Gum Farm’s Brazen Beau x Innovation Girl colt (lot 227). Paying $575,000 for him, and having previous success with the family, the trainer hopes to develop him into a valuable stallion.
Whilst acclaimed horse whisperer Monty Roberts was again onsite in his trademark blue shirt and red cravat, former NRL star Billy Slater was also ringside to watch the yearling he bred go under the hammer. Secured by Busuttin Racing, the Written Tycoon x Hamam colt (lot 209) is VOBIS nominated and Billy will keep a small share in the ownership.
Sun Stud held the only Fiorente colt in Book One, which was also knocked down to Ciaron Maher. Out of Gorgonzola, a half-sister to Australian Guineas winner Startsmeup, the colt sold for $320,000.
“He had over 170 parades, which I think is the most we’ve ever had of any draft under our banner. We knew he was a really nice colt from day one and we knew he’d bring good money but I don’t think anyone expected him to bring that much,” said Sun Stud’s Phil Marshall. “I think Ciaron and the team are going to have a lot of fun with him.”
Sun Stud’s other Fiorente, a filly out of a Sadler’s Wells mare (lot 300), also provided a higher than expected result when sold to Peter Morgan for $205,000.
“She was exceptional too,” continued Phil. “If someone had said she’d bring $205,000 before the sale I would have said they were dreaming. It is a marvellous result and great for everyone at the farm who put in the hard work,” said Phil.
Doreen based Daisy Hill sold lot 370, a Golden Horn x Paper Round colt, for $425,000. Bought in foal by a Victorian breeder and foaled down in Doreen, the colt is the only Golden Horn to be sold in Australia.
Day Two concluded with Blue Gum Farm as the sale’s leading vendor by aggregate with 18 sales for $3,815,000. They will aim to hold onto that title on Day 3, as their Street Boss x Riptide filly (lot 414) gets a pedigree update after her half-brother Crown Prosecutor, won Saturday’s New Zealand Derby.
The leading vendor by average is Gilgai Farm at $260,833 from nine sales.
Yulong Investment remained at the top of the buyers’ list by aggregate ($1,490,000) and equal top for lots purchased with Robbie Griffiths Racing/Peter Ford on eight.
Book 1 continues on Day 3, which begins at 11am on Tuesday 5 March. Book 2 will round out the final day on Wednesday 6 March.
Day 2 STATISTICS (Lots 198-394)
Lots sold: 137
Clearance Rate: 78%
Average Price: $126,796
Median Price: $100,000
Highest Lot: $675,000 (Lot 345)
Sale Top Price: $800,000 (Lot 4)
Gross Amount: $17,371,000