Victorian farms Spendthrift Australia and Gilgai Farm both had big reason to celebrate following major transactions at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
Gilgai had the one lot at the sale, a colt by I Am Invincible and out of Soorena making him a half-brother to Newmarket winner The Quarterback as well as a full relation to the $1.4 million colt at Inglis Premier last year.
Oddly enough, the colt followed in the footsteps of his older brother (now named Octane in the Ciaron Maher stable) and also sold for $1.4 million. It was to the bid of master trainer John Hawkes.
Notably, Hawkes trained another star Gilgai Farm graduate, All Too Hard, to multiple Group 1 victories.
A number of long term stable clients are expected to buy into the well-bred colt.
Meanwhile, Spendthrift Australia were on the other side of the auctioneer’s rostrum in search of top-notch colts to buy…and they believe they were successful on that front.
They secured the Lot 433 son of Snitzel – outlasting Godolphin in a bidding war – for $1,550,000 on Day 3 of the sale.
The Milburn Creek-consigned colt is the second foal out of Listed winner Walk With Attitude (Hussonet) while his second dam is the stakes winner Hillfa (Danehill).
Further back is recent Group 2,Eight Carat Classic winner Contessa Vanessa (Bullbars) and Listed winner Niki Piki Milo (Librettist).
“We have been looking at him for over a week now and he was one of those colts who never turned a hair, so he has a good attitude obviously,” Spendthrift Australia general manager Garry Cuddy said.
“Our main approach is to get the colts that we can have in the stallion barn if everything goes to plan on the racetrack, so we try and buy the best physical we can.
“We had a short shortlist and we have been happy with the two that we have got.”
On Day 2 of the sale, Spendthrift paid $800,000 for a Written Tycoon (Iglesia) colt out of Ad Valorem mare Maidel.