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Flying filly tops the sale for Blue Gum Farm

Victorian vendors and stallions enjoyed some outstanding results at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, with sire-of-the-moment Written Tycoon again stamping his class for Yulong and Blue Gum Farm continuing its renaissance under Trilogy Rural Investments.


Whilst both the average sale price and clearance were – as expected – slightly down on last year’s figures, it certainly wasn’t all doom and gloom with a flurry of VOBIS Platinum voucher redemptions adding vibrancy to a feverish sales ring across three days of trading at Oaklands Junction.


Lot 314 Snitzel x Jestajingle (Image: Inglis/Blue Gum Farm)


The headline act was Lot 314 (Snitzel x Jestajingle), sold for $925,000 under Blue Gum’s draft to Dean Hawthorn Bloodstock – who purchased the filly on behalf of TROA’s head honcho Jonathan Munz.


She is a full-sister to Stakes winner Bruckner, who finished second behind Home Affairs in the 2021 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and currently stands at Widden Victoria for a service fee of $11,000 (plus GST). 


The filly will be trained at Pinecliff by Anthony and Sam Freedman, with whom Munz has enjoyed previous Group 1 success through the feats of Shoals and Super Seth. The purchase marked Munz’s first foray into the Oaklands Junction sales ring since 2019, and was one of five lost sold for more than $500,000 on day two.


It was also the second highest fee ever raised for a filly at the Premier Sale, and whilst Hawthorne had to place one or perhaps even two bids more than he had originally anticipated, the renowned bloodstock agent revealed that he simply couldn’t leave the complex without securing her.


“It was a bit more than what we expected to pay, but she stood out not only as the best filly, but as the best horse on the whole sales ground,” he said.


“She’s from a fast family and is a big strong Snitzel. She looks the type that can get up and run early, so she just ticked all the boxes for us.


“We haven’t bought here for a while and we need to buy one or two fillies just to keep things going along. These Snitzel fillies don’t come along very often, especially ones looking like her, so when they do you have to pay a premium for them.”


Sean Dingwall, who now owns Blue Gum in conjunction with wife Cathy and business partners Jason and Mel Stenning, was understandably delighted to have topped the sale with the filly.


“We probably didn’t expect a result like that,” admitted Dingwall, whose quality draft also included a Toronado filly sold for $420,000.


“When you’ve got a filly with a great pedigree you obviously hope that she will be popular, and you place them where you think you can get the best result. She just needed an extra couple of months to fully furnish and mature, hence why we held her back and it’s paid off handsomely.


“The filly was owned by Phil Campbell who sold the farm to us, so I’m thrilled for him. It also shows that as a farm we can produce these high-quality yearlings, and I think it’s very important that we have proved that to the market.     


“There’s no denying that the bottom end of the market is a little bit sticky but overall the sale has held up incredibly well, the nice horses are still finding their mark and we’ve been really happy with how well our yearlings have been received.”



Lot 167 Snitzel x Charleston Dancer (Image: Inglis x Blue Gum Farm)


They included another Snitzel filly (Lot 167) out of Charleston Dancer, the dam of Group 3 winner and last year’s VOBIS Gold Dash (1100m) heroine She Dances.


Given the success he has enjoyed with She Dances and his high opinion of Bridal Waltz, an unraced filly out of the same Lonhro mare, Peter Moody was determined to add Lot 167 to the stable he operates in partnership with Katherine Coleman.


“She is a very nice filly,” said Moody.


“Obviously we have her half-sister She Dances at home and we actually have a bit more insight as we also have the two-year-old full-sister in the stable, who we have a lot of time for as well,” Moody said.


“She looks to be a lovely running filly, which is typical of the Snitzels and typical of the family. She’s not overly big but she looks very fast.”


The extended family includes Bold Bastille, who broke through at Stakes level for Lindsay Park in last Saturday’s Listed Furphy Trophy (1000m) at Flemington.

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