Euroa’s Blue Gum Farm struck gold late on the first day of the Melbourne Inglis Premier Yearling Sale to claim the sale topper for $725,000 for a colt out of Jestajingle.
It was the third highest price paid for a yearling in Victoria in the history of the sale. Previously a colt by I Am Invincible out of Soorena sold for $1.4 million in 2017 to Ciaron Maher, bred by Victoria’s Gilgai Farm and a colt by Brazen Beau out of Up in Lights (NZ) fetched $800,000 purchased by Orbis Bloodstock and bred by Victoria’s David Gillies.
Other highlights of the first day of the three-day sale included:
CIARON Maher paid $460,000 for Lot 25 – the equal second highest price of the sale, for a Yulong bred colt. A fantastic result for Victoria and Yulong who recently announced Tagaloa.
MELBOURNE Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien paid $380,000 for Lot 131 for the full brother of 2018 VRC Derby winner Extra Brut.
THREE Bridges Thoroughbreds at Eddington sold a Dundeel(NZ)/Daisy Can Too colt for $380,000 to James Harron Bloodstock.
An impressive start for CABLE BAY as his first Australian yearlings sold in Victoria went for up to $170,000.
Sun Stud’s Fastnet Rock/Debutante (GB) filly sold for $220,000.
The Victorian stallion PALENTINO had his first yearlings going through the ring which sold for up to $160,000.
TEAM Hawkes paid $240,000 for an All Too Hard colt out of Crown of Coureuse offered by Maluka Thoroughbreds at Kilmore.
A COLT by Darley’s Victorian stallion Street Boss, sold by an interstate vendor, sold for $250,000 to Ciaron Maher.
The opening bid for the Blue Gum colt started at $200,000 and it didn’t take long before he was knocked down to Aquis Farm which stands the yearling’s three quarter brother, Jukebox.
Blue Gum’s Phil Campbell sold the yearling as the agent for Oakland Stud in Western Australian which is owned by Neville and Susan Duncan who bred and raced champion Northerly.
An emotional Campbell said they always knew the colt was special and was up to the standard with the cracking colts they had sold in the past.
“To see the quality of people going after him and the amount of money they were prepared to pay for him was very satisfying,” Campbell said.
“I am emotional because the Duncan’s are the nicest people and they are brilliant breeders and they just keep sending us quality horses year after year and they come here and they are for sale and it’s just a pleasure to work for them and I am so happy for them that we have been able to get a great result like this.”
Campbell said the colt had always been special and is from a family full of two year-olds that train on.
He said Blue Gum was fiercely loyal to Victoria and sold all their best horses in the state and encouraged their clients to do the same.
With two days to go of the sale, Campbell isn’t sure whether the colt will remain as the sale topper but he said if he does, it won’t be the first time Blue Gum has topped Melbourne Premier for the Duncan’s.
Blue Gum has been in the top three vendors at Melbourne Premier in the past five years, including twice at the top. They also sold a Niconni/Lady Amanda filly for $260,000.
Boomer Bloodstock was the under bidder for the colt.
Aquis Farm’s managing director Shane McGrath said he thought the purchase price was about what they expected.
“We thought that was about where he was,” McGrath said.
“He’s a top level colt, by a champion sire. He is a super mover himself, he looks a real two year-old and he comes from great breeders as well,” he said.
“We were glad to get him. You look at these top-quality colts, that’s what they are going to make. They are expensive at the moment but if they can win a nice race, it’s a future stallion prospect for us.”
McGrath had identified the similarities between he and Jukebox.
“He wasn’t dissimilar to him. I thought looking at the horse from a Snitzel point of view, he had a great action as well and he looks like a horse that will get up and go early,” he said.
Maher was forced to stave off some fierce opposition to win the Teofilo (IRE) colt which was bred by Yulong Stud at Nagambie.
And Maher said he was prepared to go higher than the $460,000 he paid for the colt that is out Street Cry mare, Andes, which had only one race start and was purchased by Yulong when she was in foal to Teofilo. The colt was her first foal.
The price Maher paid was matched 20 Lots later when China Jockey Club paid $460,000 for a Medaglia d’Oro/Base Paradise colt.
Maher said he wanted to get the Yulong colt as cheap as he could but knew that her would have to part with plenty of cash to win the bidding war.
“He was one of the top colts in the sale I thought,” Maher said
“By a proven sire out of a young Street Cry mare, so I loved him as a type and he ticked all the boxes for what I look for as a yearling.
“Hopefully he is one for the future.”
Maher said Teofilo was by a proven and good sire.
“He is from a good farm and he is by a good stallion and he is a great type, so if they tick all those boxes they have got a hefty price tag to boot.
“You hope he is a Guineas type horse and maybe Classic and you always hope they are a bit sharper.”
Maher said he was expecting plenty of competition for the yearling and admitted he hadn’t reached his limit when the horse was knocked down to him.
“He was one of the obvious ones so you didn’t have to be too tricky to spot him.’’
The $460,000 sale was a great result for Yulong owner, Chinese billionaire Yuesheng Zhang who has invested heavily in the Victorian breeding industry.
Sam Fairgray, who operates Yulong’s Australian interests, said the Teofilo colt was “hugely popular” and a lovely horse with a great temperament,
“It was a great result for Mr Zhang and it’s great to be a Victorian farm and be able to bring a horse like that to the Melbourne Premier and for him to sell so well,” he said.
“We have a broodmare band of 180 and with acquisition of the new stallions we have to build a reputation that we can sell good racehorses. Being a Victorian farm we want to support this sale, so it’s great to make that sort of money with a nice colt like that.”
And Fairgray said it was great for the Victorian property to produce its first stakes winner with Hungry Heart winning the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) for Chris Waller at Randwick.
Yulong was hoping for more than the $240,000 offered for a bay colt by Zoustar, out of Aunty Betty, which they paid $210,000 for as a weanling. The colt was passed in.
Lloyd Williams’ former trainer at Macedon Lodge, Liam Howley, paid $300,000, on behalf of 3 Point Bloodstock in Victoria, for a filly by champion racehorse Frankel (GB), out of Australian mare, Azardi.
The filly was offered by Esker Lodge’s Darren Dance who transported the mare to the UK to be mated.
Despite Frankel’s massive service fee, Dance said was happy with the price and said even with all the associated costs with the mating, he estimated he would record a $100,000 profit from the sale.
“The result yesterday with Waller’s horse (Hungry Heart) winning helped,” Dance said.
“It was amazing how many extra hits we had on the x-rays an hour after the race.
“This filly is very similar to that horse. She is a smaller, neater type of Frankel and you would think she would run along a bit and she is not that bit rangy type that he can get.
“We have a full brother to sell here next year. He is only a baby and still in the UK and I won’t see him in the flesh until April.”
Dance said that when he sent his mare to Frankel in southern hemisphere time, the stallion’s service fee was pretty much the same as Fastnet Rock.
“It’s a little bit of cost getting them across and back and I was happy to get that result,” he said.
“And I’ve got another one to come.”
Victorian breeders kicked off the sale with a $240,000 result in the first lot – a Not A Signal doubt colt out of Z’Honor (NZ). It was offered by Supreme Thoroughbreds at Romsey.
The first yearling of Sun Stud stallion Palentino went through as the second lot of the sale and was sold for $160,000 after being offered by Two Bays Farm at Flinders as agent.
Rosemont Stud, which had the biggest draft of the sale, also kicked off the day in style with a $330,000 result for a Teofilo (IRE)/Zanova (NZ) colt.
And it was also an historic day when the Collingrove Stud brand returned to the sale ring after more than a decade. Made famous by racing legends the late Robert Sangster and the late Colin Hayes, Collingrove is now operated by Daniel Brash after he was approached by Sangster’s son, Adam to continue the brand.
Birch will now prepares Sangster’s Swettenham Stud yearlings and also offers his services to other clients under the Collingrove Stud brand.
Collingrove Stud’s first yearling – a filly by Deep Field, out of Zarinia – was sold for $160,000 on behalf of Kia Ora Stud.
Cable Bay (IRE) had a big opening result for Gilgai Farm when the stallion’s first Australian yearlings was offered at a Victorian sale. Standing at Woodside Park, all mares that have gone to Cable Bay have been approved by Gilgai Farm owner and well known breeder, Rick Jamieson.
Gilgai Farm’s Cable Bay colt, out of Ahhhh, sold for $160,000, while Daisy Hill Farm also had success with their Cable Bay filly out of Colourmegal selling for $170,000.