Burnewang's Frankel filly, lot 64. Inglis
Burnewang North Pastoral lit up the Great Southern Sale ring last week, selling 11 of their 13 weanlings, including lot 64, the record-breaking Frankel filly who is closely related to champion European galloper Vadeni.
She sold for $825,000 to James Mitchell of Mitchell Bloodstock who bought on behalf of his Victorian client Stephen Spiteri, a whopping $465,000 more than the previous sale topping record held by a Zoustar colt who sold for $360,000.
"I thought we'd be paying between $500,000 and $600,000, so Stephen made the call at the end of the day – I was just doing the bidding – but he was thrilled to have bought her," Mitchell said.
"Stephen has loved her from the minute he saw her and I thought we were out about two or three times, but he stuck to his guns and had that one last bid, which I didn't think we were having.
"It's a great thrill for Stephen and I'm sure he'll have a lot of fun with the filly."
Burnewang’s 11 weanlings sold for an aggregate of more than $2.4 million and a sale topping average of $223,182, a huge feat for the farm.
On a buying front, it was Mitchell Bloodstock who led the way with five purchases for an aggregate of $1,555,000, while Yulong showed their hand once again with four purchases with an aggregate of $977,000, and a top purchase price of $475,000, a Frankel filly from Darren Dance’s Esker Lodge.
“This Frankel filly, she’s a very straight forward weanling, a lovely type, she was so popular during the week, everybody who looked at her loved her and she sold accordingly.” Dance said.
“Obviously Mr Zhang loves Frankel, he’s a great stallion and the cross with this filly is fantastic as well, being out of a Dubawi mare,’’ Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray said.
Day Two saw 44 broodmares offered late in the day, topped by stakes-placed mare Veranskova from Alderson Racing. The mare is now in the care of Peter Collier, having been purchased on his behalf by Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $510,000.
“She’s a lovely strong mare, classy and was purchased for Peter Collier who is an existing long-term client and good friend,’’ Williams said.
“I thought she fitted in the four-to-five hundred [thousand dollars] range so we had to go a bit further than planned but we’re thrilled to have got her.”
Fellow Victorian farm Rushton Park sent 13 mares through the ring, selling 11 for an aggregate of more than $540,000 with an average price of almost $50,000, well over the median price for the sale.
Well done to Inglis and all Victorian buyers and vendors on what was a successful Great Southern Sale.