The sales season continues with the weanlings and mares taking centre stage in May and we have seen Victorian buyers, vendors and sires active early.
A successful Inglis weanling sale for Victorian interests, with vendor Stonehouse Thoroughbreds leading the way, selling lot 242, a colt by Northwood Park’s superstar shuttler Blue Point, selling to Jim Carey for $120,000.
Blue Point has already established himself as a stallion of the future, having sired five winners from 12 runners in his first crop of European two-year-olds.
Buyer, Alice Berry, acquired three weanlings including lot 437, a $300,000 colt out of Cribbage, a daughter of multiple stakes-producing mare Euchre.
Just two lots earlier, Berry paid $190,000 for a colt closely related to VRC Derby and Spring Champion Stakes winner Monaco Consul from the draft of Glenbeigh Farm.
Noorilim Park were not afraid to throw their hand up, purchasing two lots over $100,000, the first being lot 116, a colt out of stakes winner Liz’s Cable Girl for $110,000.
Approximately four hours later, Noorilim paid $180,000 for a Written Tycoon colt who was sold via the draft of Tyreel Stud.
Out of Sous la Terre, a half-sister to Solar Charged, the farm looks to have come away with a bargain buy as he is closely related to champion racemare Sunlight and her stakes-winning little sister, Sisstar.
Sullivan Bloodstock featured amongst the Victorian buyers, purchasing two lots across the two-day sale, highlighted by lot 351, a colt by Rosemont’s exciting young stallion Hanseatic.
The team went to $145,000 to secure the colt out of stakes-winner Adorabeel, a potential pinhooker for Sullivan Bloodstock who have had some fantastic results at the recent yearling sales.
Hanseatic covered 195 mares in his first season at Rosemont and the weanlings offered thus far signal that he has a bright future ahead for the team in red.
Swettenham Stud’s Toronado was firing on day two with both lots selling for $150,000 and $160,000 respectively, demonstrating that the now permanent Victorian stallion is still one of the most exciting in Australia.
As we look ahead to the upcoming broodmare sales, expect to see Yulong feature heavily once again, just as they did 12-months ago across the course of May, taking home the two most expensive mares sold in Australia last season, Away Game and Tofane.
Hilldene went to $1.6 million at last year’s Chairman’s Sale to secure Sia, a full-sister to Lake Geneva, Ennis Hill and Acrobat, and we hope to see them in the limelight once again this year, securing these high-quality mares for our state.
At Thursday’s Chairman’s Sale, Ciaron Maher Racing will offer three high quality mares, highlighted by multiple Group 1 place getter Swats That who will be sold as lot 70 of the sale.
Three Bridges will take a draft of 15 mares to the Gold Coast National Broodmare sale while Sullivan Bloodstock (14) and Rosemont (six) also take a strong draft of mares to feature across the three-day sale.