Above: Small Minds

Small Minds (Canny Lad), the dam of talented juvenile Sneaky Five (Fastnet Rock), became the highest-priced horse sold on Inglis Digital after being purchased by Sandhurst Bloodstock on behalf of Rosemont Stud for $410,000 at the November (Late) Online Auction, surpassing the previous record of $400,000 for Manaya (Hinchinbrook).

The mare – a Group 1 winner herself – was offered by South Australia-based Goldin Farms in foal to Yulong sire Grunt (NZ) and will join the broodmare band of Rosemont who purchased and race Sneaky Five.

“It’s very hard to find a mare that has thrown two stakes winners – Sneaky Five and Beautiful Mind – from only four foals, three of which have raced, that’s a unique achievement for any broodmare,” Ryan McEvoy said.

“We were over the moon with purchasing Sneaky Five and to see what she has done in a short time, being undefeated in an Inglis Banner and $1 million Golden Gift to now be among the favourites for the Inglis Millennium and Golden Slipper.

“Small Minds is obviously a daughter of Canny Lad, so an easy mare to mate and we think there will be some great opportunities with her in the next five to six years.

“Small Minds is obviously a daughter of Canny Lad, so an easy mare to mate and we think there will be some great opportunities with her in the next five to six years.” – Ryan McEvoy

“Rosemont Stud has a lot of young stakes-performing mares on the farm so it’s great to secure a more proven style of mare, plus we’re hoping for a few fillies out of Small Minds to join the Rosemont broodmare band and that’s the reason why we were happy to be a little stronger on her.

“There was no shortage of seeing her marketed, it gave us plenty of time to do our due diligence and we’ve really enjoyed using the Inglis Digital platform.”

The decision for Goldin Farms to sell the mare straight off the back of the feats of Sneaky Five has paid dividends and Jeff Gordon said they were thrilled with the result.

“It’s unbelievable, an amazing price, amazing, Goldin Farms management couldn’t be happier,” Gordon said.

“I thought she would bring between $250,000 and $350,000 and even that was probably hopeful towards the top end, so to get the $410,000, wow, what a result for everybody.

“This mare is hot property at the moment considering what Sneaky Five has done already and the potential for further glory in 2021, so we put her in foal to Grunt and it’s just thrilling to see her realise such an amount.”

Earlier in the Sale, 3-year-old gelding Evolutionary (Snitzel) became the third-highest Inglis Digital sale, when purchased by Pacific Point Bloodstock HK for $330,000.

Evolutionary, who won a Randwick trial on Tuesday, was offered by Aquis Farm.

“This is a great result,” Aquis’ Managing Director, Shane McGrath, said. “The great thing about these Inglis Online sales is the transparency and that people can bid with confidence and that was certainly the case with Evolutionary and we couldn’t be happier.

“His two recent trial wins showed he would make a lovely horse for Hong Kong and this result shows the demand for the high-level Hong Kong horses is tremendous.

“He’s got a fantastic temperament this horse, he’s shown his tremendous ability as recently as Tuesday at the trials and he’s a very nice pick up for his new owners.’’

Great satisfaction

The November (Late) catalogue concluded with a gross of $2.25 million, ensuring the overall 2020 tally is now just $700,000 shy of cracking $50 million.

“I clearly remember our first sale (May 2017) and the delight with which we greeted a sale topper of $42,500, so to get to where we are today, knowing the full amount of effort that so many people have put in, is very fulfilling,” Inglis Digital Business Manager, Nick Melmeth, said.

“I take great satisfaction in hearing people refer to the platform as an ‘easy’ way to sell or buy, because a huge amount of work is done by a whole range of people behind the scenes – admin, accounts, marketing, research etc. – to achieve a high level of service.

“What is particularly exciting is that there is so much scope for the platform to progress further, already we have more than doubled the entire 2019 gross for the platform and all of the team is so stimulated by what can be achieved and we are just going to keep making it better and better.

“We are grateful for the opportunity and support from the market that we get for each and every Sale, but obviously we are especially thankful to Goldin Farms for the chance to sell a mare of the quality of Small Minds and relieved to achieve a result that I understand they are very pleased with.

“Similarly, I’m delighted for the Rosemont team to get her. Sneaky Five looks a star and given how much they put into the sport, they deserve all the success that comes their way.”

Article courtesy of TDN