Queen finds her new home

The last-minute decision to send blueblood mare Queen Of The World (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) through the Great Southern Sale has paid dividends with bloodstock agent Paul Willetts paying the top price of the sale, $360,000, for the unraced mare.

A supplementary entry into the catalogue, the imported mare sold late on Tuesday, in foal to Siyouni (Fr). She is a half-sister to stakes-placed Sicilia (GB) (Kingman {GB}) out of a full-sister to Group 1 winner Footstepsinthesand (GB) (Giant’s Causeway {USA}) and half-sister to fellow Group 1 winner Pedro The Great (USA) (Henrythenavigator {USA}).

Queen Of the World (GB)

Queen Of The World was offered by Cornerstone Stud, with Willetts securing her on behalf of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

“I actually had dinner with Peter Liston last night and he said he liked the mare, I didn’t realise how much he liked it,’’ Cornerstone Stud’s Sam Hayes said.

“It’s a great result. These mares are really hard to find and Siyouni is a stallion we have the utmost respect for. “

“We’re really happy for everyone and looking forward to this first foal by Siyouni hitting a premier sale in the next couple of years.’’

“It’s a great result. These mares are really hard to find and Siyouni is a stallion we have the utmost respect for. ” – Sam Hayes

Toby Liston said the purchase was part of a greater emphasis by Three Bridges on international bloodlines.

“A few years ago we bought three mares in foal to Frankel (GB) and it has turned out very well. They were the first international mares we had bought and we have followed up the past couple of years with a couple of mares, it saves us going to England and she can foal here in Australia,’’ Liston said.

“She was bought with Paul Willetts and we thought she was the mare of the sale. “

“We have been chasing international mares all year. Sea The Stars is going to be terrific as a broodmare sire and Siyouni is a champion in France, so she will suit us well.’’

Yulong adds more mares

Yulong has continued its buying spree through the major breeding sales, paying a combined $335,000 for two mares in foal to Zoustar and Merchant Navy.

Yulong, which launches its first stallion this season, standing dual Group 1 winner Grunt, has spent nearly $7.5 million at broodmare sales this season before this week, picking up 33 broodmares and added another couple at Oaklands Junction.

$250,000 was outlaid for Peninsula Miss (Helmet), the three-quarter sister to Listed winner Sabie (Exceed and Excel) and half-sister to stakes-placed Ankaret (Desert Prince {Ire}) and Graskop (Manton), sold in-foal to Zoustar.

Lot 724 Peninsula Miss

“We liked her when we inspected her a couple of days ago,’’ Yulong’s Luke Wilkinson said.

“We love Zoustar, we’ve got some really nice weanlings on the farm and we’re supporters and believers so it’s good to get a mare in foal to him. “

“She was a little over budget but she’ll most likely go to Grunt now, it’s suitable on the type Grunt is and the type the mare is but we will discuss it over the next week.”

Yulong also secured the well-related Ashleigh Rae (Onemorenomore) from Bucklee Farm for $85,000 in foal to Merchant Navy.

She is a half-sister to multiple Group 2 winner and Group 1 placegetter Trusting (Tale Of The Cat {USA}) out of the Group 2 winner Legible (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}).

Her first foal by Sepoy reached $5000 earlier in the sale and she is now in foal to Merchant Navy on a late cover, having originally missed to Foxwedge.

Listed winner secured by Hall Of Fame

Bill Wong’s Hall Of Fame Bloodstock also went to $250,000 for Listed Canberra Guineas winner She Goes To Rio (NZ) (Captain Rio {GB}) in foal to Zoustar.

She was offered by Merricks Station and has already produced the winners Our Esposito (Toorak Toff) and Bartoletta (Starspangledbanner). She has gone through this sale the past two years as well, for $90,000 in 2017 to Kingstar Farm and for $70,000 to Merricks Station last year.

“We bought She Goes To Rio last year and put her in foal to Zoustar and it’s been a really good trade result for the farm,’’ Merricks Station’s Ben Cooper said.

“Like any mare in foal to Zoustar, she was very popular and was busy during inspections. “

“The supplementary session had really strong competition. We couldn’t be happier with the result in the end.”

The fourth top lot went to Sheamus Mills Bloodstock, who paid $180,000 for imported mare Sea Dweller (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}) from Stonehouse Thoroughbreds. In foal to Rubick, she is the daughter of G2 Maribyrnong Plate winner Langoustine (Danehill {USA}).

Harry McAlpine Bloodstock paid $170,000 for the stakes-winning Red Ransom (USA) mare Malasun, in foal to Exceed And Excel. Offered by Springmount, she is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Stokehouse (Anabaa {USA}) and has already had a winner to the track in So Glorious (So You Think {NZ}).

Two supplementary lots in foal to Merchant Navy fared well later in the marathon session. The stakes-winner Shigeru Sendan (Denman) fetched $155,000 to Fernrigg Farm from Blue Gum Farm while the stakes-placed Light Up The Sky (Big Brown {USA}) reached $130,000 in going to Belmont Bloodstock Agency from Willow Park Stud.

Nicamorae (More Than Ready {USA}) the half-sister to Group 1 winners Niconero (Danzero) and Nicconi (Bianconi {USA}) fetched $120,000 to Twin Hills in foal to So You Think (NZ).

She was offered by Woodside Park, who also sold her Fastnet Rock colt for $250,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions Sale. Named Rock Amore, he has had three starts as a 2-year-old for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

Nicamorae’s dam Nicola Lass (Scenic {Ire}) has been a wonderful producer and it was no surprise to see Twin Hills, who will stand Denman alongside Smart Missile and Odyssey Moon this year, keen to get involved with that family.

Lot 712 Nicamorae

Mount Hallowell’s handful

Mount Hallowell Stud was one of the busiest buyers on the day paying a combined $268,500 for five mares.

The mare Top Girl, (Magnus) in foal to Coolmore’s Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (USA), was sold for $110,000, sold by Willow Park Stud. She is a half-sister to stakes-placed Top Dolly (Choisir) which is also the family of Ponton Flyer (Flying Spur) and the siblings Black Vanquish (Lonhro) and Minnesota Shark (Lonhro).

Mount Hallowell also went to $105,000 for Kiss In the Rain, a daughter of Manhattan Rain offered by Blue Gum Farm in foal to Brazen Beau.

Her first foal, a Zoustar colt, sold for $230,000 earlier in the week and she reached six figures as well, as she sold for the third straight season. She was purchased by Widden Stud for $25,000 at the Gold Coast two years ago, put in foal to Zoustar and then sold for $160,000 at the National Broodmare Sale last year to Robert Crabtree.

Lot 654 Kiss In The Rain

She doesn’t want for pedigree being out of First Date (Flying Spur), the half-sister to Arrowfield stallion Not A Single Doubt, which is also the family Group 1 winner Oohood (I Am Invincible).

Mount Hallowell also paid $30,000 for the prolific winner Khutulun (Soldier’s Tale {USA}). She has only recently been retired after a career which saw her earn nearly $500,000 for her owners at Grand Syndications.

“She was the first horse that we bought for the syndicate,” Grand Syndications owner Peter Morley said. “I bought her through this ring seven years ago for $16,000”

“I syndicated her very cheaply for just $1100 a share and the vast majority of people who went in to her were first-time owners. She’s won half a million dollars and here we are today. It comes full circle selling her to go on to her next stage of her life.”

“It comes full circle selling her to go on to her next stage of her life.” – Peter Morley

Her dam Great Tradition (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winners Blackfriars (Danehill {USA}) and Larrocha (Danehill {USA}).

“That was one of the reasons I bought her in the first place. Being from Western Australia, I have had a few mares in foal to Blackfriars over the years. That Kensington Gardens family is a really nice family and she was just at the right price on the day,” Morley said.

“She was so vital to the initial set-up of our company.”

As it turns out, she will be following Perth-based Morley across the Nullarbor.

Mount Hallowell also paid $18,500 for the Redoute’s Choice mare Chablis, in foal to Tosen Stardom (Jpn). She is a three-quarter sister to Miss Finland (Redoute’s Choice), while it also bought maiden mare Anytime Miss (Helmet) for $5000.


Top lots

Covering Sire
886 Queen of the World (GB) Sea the Stars (IRE) Palitana (USA) Siyouni (Fr) Cornerstone Stud, Angaston, SA Paul Willets Bloodstock Consultancy VIC $360,000
724 Peninsula Miss Helmet Rondavel Zoustar Woodside Park Stud, Tylden Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty Ltd VIC $250,000
899 She Goes to Rio (NZ) Captain Rio (GB) Nelly’s Gold Zoustar Merricks Station, Merricks Hall of Fame Bloodstock Pty Ltd QLD $250,000
751 Sea Dweller (GB) High Chaparral (IRE) Langoustine Rubick Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Pty Ltd (FBAA) VIC $180,000
684 Malasun Red Ransom (USA) Malapert Exceed and Excel Springmount, Romsey Harry McAlpine Bloodstock QLD $170,000
879 Not Named Extreme Choice Sprout N/A Glastonbury Farms, Scone, NSW B MacKenzie NSW $165,000
900 Shigeru Sendan Denman Flute of Bubbly Merchant Navy Blue Gum Farm, Euroa Fernrigg Farm Pty Ltd NSW $155,000
888 Light Up the Sky Big Brown (USA) Christmas Offer Merchant Navy Willow Park Stud, Scone, NSW Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA) VIC $130,000
712 Nicamorae More Than Ready (USA) Nicola Lass So You Think (NZ) Woodside Park Stud, Tylden Twin Hills NSW NSW $120,000
876 Not Named Shalaa (IRE) Bound to Blush N/A Aquis Farm Operations, Murrurundi, NSW Oakmont USA $120,000

Top buyers

Aggregate Price
Average Price
Top Price
Paul Willets 1 $360,000 $360,000 $360,000
Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty Ldt 2 $335,000 $167,500 $250,000
Mount Hallowell Stud 5 $268,500 $53,700 $110,000
Hall of Fame Blodstock Pty Ltd 1 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000
Ben Kwok 8 $244,250 $30,531 $90,000
Belmont Bloodstock Agency 3 $198,000 $66,000 $130,000
Harry McAlpineBloodstock 3 $180,000 $60,000 $170,000
Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Pty Ltd 1 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000
Fernrigg Farm Pty Ltd 1 $155,000 $155,000 $155,000
Victoria Peak Bloodstock 6 $151,000 $25,167 $35,000

Top vendors by aggregate

Top Price
Willow Park Stud, Scone, NSW 13 $793,000 $61,000 $130,000
Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington 9 $463,000 $51,444 $180,000
Woodside Park Stud, Tylden 7 $439,500 $62,786 $250,000
Cornerstone Stud, Angaston, SA 8 $429,000 $53,625 $360,000
Springmount, Romsey 5 $324,000 $64,800 $170,000
Blue Gum Farm, Euroa 8 $300,000 $37,500 $155,000
Bucklee Farm, Greta West 6 $207,500 $34,583 $85,000
Noorilim Park, Arcadia 3 $131,500 $43,833 $80,000
Stockwell Thoroughbreds, Diggers Rest 8 $129,500 $16,188 $62,000
Two Bays Farm, Flinders 3 $126,000 $42,000 $110,000