A full brother to 2018 VRC Derby winner Extra Brut fetched nearly more than double what the selling agent expected when Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien paid $380,000 for the Domesday/Dom Perion colt.
The yearling was offered by Ryan Arnel of Stonehouse Thoroughbreds at Eddington as the agent for Andrew McDonald at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
O’Brien purchased the yearling for stable client John Wheeler.
Arnel had predicted the yearling would be the headline act for his farm and he wasn’t wrong.
And even the $380,000 price exceeded Arnel’s expectations. He had thoughts of a $200,000 sale.
It was also a great result for one of Arnel’s clients and great mate McDonald who bought the mare Dom Perion when she was in foal to Domesday with what was to become Extra Brut.
“We sold that for him (McDonald) as a weanling,” Arnel said.
“At the time we sold it for $50,000 which was a tremendous result for a Domesday colt given where he was then.
“Long and behold that horse went on and was sold at the Classic sale and obviously went on and became Extra Brut.”
Arnel said McDonald had made the decision to again breed from Dom Perion and Domesday.
“The client, Andrew, on his own accord, did a full blood again and copied the mating and this is the foal that came from that and he has come on leaps and bounds and is just unbelievable,” Arnel said.
“Obviously we had the success with Extra Brut and then he went to Hong Kong and had his accident over there and it was a real tragedy and to have Andrew send us a Domesday again and prepare this one for him has been unbelievable, outstanding.”
Arnel said the price paid was certainly well over the reserve they had set.
“He did have the opportunity to go that high, but I did expect around the 200,000 sort of mark,” Arnel said.
“North or south of that, you just never know.”
Arnel said the bidding was hot and a lot of potential buyers were trying to get in at their own level to buy the yearling.
O’Brien said Wheeler races a few staying horses with the stable, including Grinzinger Star and Russian Camelot.
“And John does a lot of his own stuff and he found the horse to be fair,” O’Brien said.
“He looks at all the horses himself and this was his pick of the sale.
“When I looked at him, it was very hard not to like the horse. He was a big beautiful scopey staying style of horse.
“We are always here trying to buy horses that can maybe win a Derby. His full brother won one and hopefully we can get this guy to win a nice race as well.”
O’Brien said the yearling was in the top half a dozen of the profile of horses the stable likes to buy.
“John’s very strong on buying the one he want,” he said.
“There was a lot of competition on the horse, he wanted it and kept going. When you are an operator like him, you come to a sale to buy the horse you want.”