Blue Gum Farm’s dominance continued to roll into the second day of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction when they became the sale’s overall leading vendor. After producing the sale topper on the opening day for a Snitzel colt out of Jestajingle for $725,000, history repeated itself on the second day with $575,000 for a Pierro colt out of Pass The Parcel.
Blue Gum’s Phil Campbell said their sale results were incredible with the Euroa Farm producing a gross of $4.2 million which was their second highest result to their 2016 aggregate of $4.71 million. They sold 23 of the 26 yearlings they offered for sale, including eight for $200,000 or more.
Campbell said Blue Gum had been the leading vendor at Melbourne Premier three times in the past six years and second leading vendor twice and third once.
“We had a beautiful bunch of horses and they sold terrifically well.” he said.
“We couldn’t be happier with the results It was a great sale.”
Campbell was full of praise for the Inglis Premier sale and said there was “no doubt if you bring a product here, you will be rewarded.”
“Inglis is to be congratulated on the buying bench they have assembled,” he remarked.
“There has been talk about viruses and about the stock market crashing, however, it has held up unbelievably well and we couldn’t be happier with the buying bench they have assembled here. We bring our best yearlings to this sale knowing the people are going to buy the horses if you have got the right product and that has been borne out again today.”
Blue Gum Farm also sold a Pierro/Magnagem filly to local Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths for $220,000 and a Manhattan Rain/Personal Ensign filly to Ciaron Maher Racing for $310,000. In addition, a Written Tycoon/Miss Promiscuity sold for $400,000.
The success continued later in the sale when Hong Kong’s Magnus Ltd paid $280,000 for a Pierro colt out of Sticky Beak. They finished the sale of their yearlings in the premier session with $280,000 for an Exceed and Excel colt out of Truly Wicked.
Syndicator First Light Racing purchased the Blue Gum Pierro/Pass The Parcel colt in partnership with Paul Willetts Bloodstock and Busuttin Racing. The colt with be trained at Cranbourne by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.
First Light’s bloodstock manager Ashleigh Dowsley said their first inspection of the colt lasted only about 60 seconds.
The First Light team knew at their first inspection that he was a $500,000 colt.
“We looked at each other straight away and said put him away,” Dowsley said,
“Then we whispered to each other that he is the best colt we have seen all year, so we have worked pretty tirelessly over the last 48 hours putting a group of owners together to buy him and we have had wonderful support. We are very excited because we are so blown away with this colt.”
Dowsley said on type the colt was perfectly conformed and his fluent walk was a significant factor, he had the most incredible attitude and acted like a five-year-old gelding.
“We went two bids over what we initially thought, but we loved him that much that we didn’t want to go home without him,” Dowsley said.
Bloodstock consultant Mark Player delivered a knockout bid to win a $400,000 colt by leading Victorian stallion Written Tycoon, out of Miss Promiscuity.
With the bid at $360,000, Player called out to bid $400,000 in a strategic move that proved to be a winner.
The colt is out of seven-time winner Miss Promiscuity (Magnus) and was offered by Blue Gum for breeder Robert Crabtree and was purchased by Player in conjunction with Robert Roulston Bloodstock.
Player said the Super VOBIS nominated and VOBIS Sires eligible colt would remain in Victoria.
“He was just a lovely colt and from a really good breeder in Robert Crabtree,” Player said.
“He was prepared very well and Written Tycoon is a fantastic sire. The mare was a very well raced and trained early on by Peter Moody.
“It was just one of those lovely colts you see which I thought stood out here amongst a very good draft of horses at the sale.”
Player said while the colt would definitely remain in Victoria a decision on a trainer would not be made immediately.
He agreed that the bidding was spirited but did not know who the opposition was.
“Hopefully, they were some good judges and we come out of it looking like we have got the right horse but we are pretty confident that we have,” he said.
“It was one of those colts that when they go into the ring you always know that you have to compete pretty hard to get them and he was certainly a horse we did that for as we really loved him.
“Both Rob Roulston and I really loved him and Rob is a terrific judge, so when we are on the same horse we usually have some luck and hopefully we will this time.”
Player said that sometimes you have all the theories about how to bid and what to do but let’s try to land a knockout blow at that stage,” he said.
“You are probably getting a feeling that you are only beating one person and when you are down to the tens and you don’t want to get caught on the wrong leg. I just thought it was the right thing to do at the time and I am hopeful it was.”
Player said he bought a Written Tycoon colt for $675,000 at Melbourne Premier last year and it now races as Ole Kirk who won the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes on debut last month.
“Hopefully lightning does strike twice this time,” he remarked.
Darren Dance’s Esker Lodge have also had an impressive sale as they became Victoria’s leading vendor by average.
They offered six yearlings, all in the premier session, and only one was passed in. They sold two for $150,000, one for $180,000, one for $300,000 and another for $350,000.
Caulfield trainer Clinton McDonald invested heavily in two yearlings offered by Esker Lodge on the second day of the sale. McDonald paid $180,000 for a colt by Star Turn, out of Loves Attention which produced Murt The Flirt, a winner of four races and $382,900 in prize money. Included in the family are Written Tycoon and Microphone.
McDonald later paid $350,000 for an Esker Lodge Exceed and Excel filly out of Swaane.
While Dance had high expectations for the filly, the price far exceeded his expectations.
“She is good filly going to a good trainer but I didn’t expect her to make $350,000,” he said.
“Everyone said she was one of the notable fillies of the sale, but it’s pretty hard to get $350,000 for a filly off that pedigree. She is a quality filly and from the day she was born, I thought she is a lovely type. I’ve been pretty pleased to see Exceed and Excel going so well in the last six months.”
Dance said he bought the mare in foal to Headwater for $110,000 and sold the foal at last year’s sale for $135,000.
“We are delighted to get the result which makes the whole game worthwhile. She is going to a good trainer at Caulfield and will be in our own backyard. I am hopeful she can do something special on the track to aide my retirement fund.”
In addition, Esker Lodge sold a Frankel filly to Lloyd Williams’ former trainer at Macedon Lodge, Liam Howley, for $300,000, on behalf of 3 Point Bloodstock in Victoria.
Caulfield trainer Henry Dwyer paid $320,000 for a bay filly by Darley’s Victorian stallion, Street Boss (USA). He also released the purse strings on a colt by Swettenham Stud stallion, Toronado (IRE), out of No Vanity.
He paid $200,000 for the Toronado colt that was offered by Bucklee Farm, Greta West, as agent for Greta West Stud.
Toronado followed more success just two lots later when another of his colts was sold for $180,000. It was offered by Collingrove Stud at Longwood as agent. The colt is out of Noetic.
Sun Stud had high expectations for a colt by Snitzel, out of top race mare Madam Gangster who won six races, including four in succession. The colt fetched $250,000 and was bought by Aquis Farm, Queensland.
Rosemont Stud’s stallion Starspangledbanner had a colt from Newstar Lass which sold for $220,000 to Ciaron Maher Racing, while Paul and Mike Moroney paid $300,000 for a filly by Pride of Dubai out of Olympic Dream.
Musk Creek Farm sold a bay colt by the popular Shalaa (IRE), out of Mamahuhu, for $180,000. They also sold a colt by Reliable Man (GB), out of Cardiac, for $200,000 to O’Brien Racing on the opening day of the sale.
Yulong Stud at Nagambie achieved a $200,000 result for a Zoustar colt out of winning mare, Mirage Rouge.
After selling a Starspangledbanner/Hera (NZ) filly to comeback trainer Peter Moody for $210,000 on the opening day of the sale, Gilgai Farm sold a Not a Single Doubt colt, out of Mossin’ Around, for $250,000 to Aquis Farm at Queensland.
Michael Christian’s Longwood Thoroughbred Farm sold an I Am Invincible colt, out of good producing mare, Runaway Jesse, to Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu for $375,000.
“I am very happy with the price as he is a lovely colt,” Christian said.
“He goes to one of the best trainers in Hong Kong so we’ll be watching him closely.
“There was a bit of interest from Asia in the colt and Ricky is a fantastic trainer and will give the colt every possible opportunity which is great.”
Runaway Jesse has had seven foals to race and six have been winners, including Eloping and Of The Brave.