Victorian sired yearlings to the fore at the Inglis Classis Yearling Sale, the first to be held at Inglis’ new Riverside Stables adjacent to Warwick Farm Racecourse.
A few young sires in Brazen Beau, Zoustar and Toronado played leading roles while Rosemont Stud’s Starcraft had a colt sell for big money to Hong Kong.
Brazen Beau’s record-price colt
Brazen Beau set the momentum going for Victorian sires on Saturday night when Lot 76, a colt consigned by Tyreel Stud, sold for a Classic Sale record price of $460,000.
Bought by agent Justin Bahen on behalf of Hong Kong’s Orbis Bloodstock, he is the first foal out of Group 3 winning Written Tycoon mare Written Dash.
“You buy the ones you want, as the auctioneer kindly reminded me prior to putting my hand up for the last time, and I thought he was the best colt on the ground,” Bahen said.
“He is a lovely well-balanced strong colt and he had a great brain on him. He continued to do as he was told from the time I saw him until the time he was in the ring tonight.”
The record price helped elevate Brazen Beau to the title of leading first crop sire of the sale (by averages).
Rosemont’s Zoustar filly in favour
Rosemont Stud sold the equal highest priced filly of the sale, a daughter of Zoustar out of the General Nediym mare Special Favour, for $340,000 to trainer Tony McEvoy.
“She looked a really intelligent filly with great purpose, balance and a great walk. I tell you, when Rick (Connolly) and I both looked at her, Sunlight jumped out at us and this filly is not dissimilar,” Tony McEvoy told ANZ Bloodstock News.
Rosemont Stud bought the mare in foal to Shamus Award (Snitzel) for $30,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale. The Shamus Award colt made $115,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
“She was a beautiful filly and plenty of good judges were telling me she was one of the fillies of the sale and their eye is a bit better than mine, so I took that lead and put her on the market as you don’t need to worry about those horses,” Mithen said of the Zoustar filly.
“Zoustar is doing such a great job now and I think he will go on with it too. I am heavily committed to him and it is nice to have that style of stallion in Victoria even if it is every second year.”
Starcraft colt in demand
Late on Day 3 of the sale, a Bowness Stud consigned Starcraft colt was the subject of a bidding war until Carmel Size Racing snapped him up for $340,000. Her purchase was on behalf of Hong Kong owner Boniface Ho Ka Kui.
The Woodside Park branded colt is the fifth living foal out of the three-time winner Mrs Bradbury (Keltrice) who has had three foals to race for two winners.
“I think he is a cracking individual and I loved the way he walked. He is targeted to go to Hong Kong and we bought him because the stallion is successful there,” Size told ANZ Bloodstock News.
Progeny of the Rosemont Stud-based Starcraft are hot property in Hong Kong with the likes of Blizzard, House of Fun, Winner’s Way, Jing Jing Win and unbeaten up-and-coming star Conte all performing with distinction.
Toronado yearlings make Sydney debut
Musk Creek Farm paid $75,000 for a Swettenham Stud bred Toronado colt out the Commands mare Baize at last year’s Inglis Australian Weanling Sale.
That purchase certainly paid off for them at the Classic Sale. The colt out of the Champion miler standing at Swettenham Stud sold for $175,000 to Boomer Bloodstock and Perth trainer Lindsey Smith.
The Toronado x Storm Kite colt sold for $150,000 to Astute Bloodstock and trainer Danny Williams while the filly out of Oberne Rose was purchased by Paul Maroney and GO Bloodstock for $140,000. These results left Toronado among the leading first crop sires of the Classic Sale.