Swettenham Stud set a record price for a filly at the Melbourne Premier when its Fastnet Rock – Hidden Energy filly sold for $675,000 on Sunday.
Mornington trainer Pat Carey signalled the final bid to get the better of Coolmore Stud’s Tom Magnier at Oaklands.
“I think she’s excellent value,” Carey said shortly after signing the sale sheet.
“She would have made upwards of $800,000 at the Sydney Easter Sale.”
It’s the highest price paid for a yearling filly at Oaklands since Rogerson Bloodstock parted with $570,000 for a King’s Best filly at the 2006 Melbourne Premier.
Two years later, Swettenham sold a Bel Esprit filly (as agent) for $210,000 at the Melbourne Premier and she found ever-lasting fame under the name Black Caviar.
Sunday’s record-priced filly met all Carey’s selection criteria. “She looks an athlete and is all quality on type. That was indicative of the competition on her – she was targeted from all quarters.
“A stable client was looking for a suitable filly to race with residual value to eventually join her mares at stud. I recommended the Swettenham filly and we’re very excited to get her.”
The Fastnet Rock filly is a half-sister this season’s stakes placed two year-old Kinetic Design and is from the family of Group 1 mare Kapchat and her stakes winning descendants Solicit and Kaphero.
Swettenham’s Adam Sangster owns Hidden Energy and she has a Redoute’s Choice colt on the ground. The mare was bred back to European Group 1 star Toronado (USA) in November.