Easter catalogue defined by depth and quality

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A buoyant market is set to meet a stunning offering of 'absolute depth and quality' at this year's Australian Easter Yearling Sale in April with Inglis releasing the 2019 catalogue on Tuesday. With the 2019 sales season already setting new benchmarks, there is high anticipation for what will happen over two days at the Riverside Stables on April 9th and 10th.

The 2019 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale catalogue was released on Tuesday, and as expected, it is page after page of incredible pedigrees. There will be 450 lots offered over the two days with the focus on quality seeing 39 siblings to Group 1 winners, as well as the progeny of 34 Group 1 winning mares.

Among the most anticipated yearlings will be Lot 369, the three-quarter brother to superstar 3-year-old The Autumn Sun by Not A Single Doubt, offered by Arrowfield.

The Autumn Sun was a $700,000 purchase, while the filly by Snitzel out of Azmiyna (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) sold for $1.3m last year.

The Autumn Sun was a $700,000 Inglis Easter purchase

The half-brother to last year's sale topper, the $2.3m Fastnet Rock x The Broken Shore colt, is sure to attract plenty of suitors. By the sire of Vancouver, Medaglia d'Oro {USA}), Lot 307 is a half-brother to three-time Group 1 winner Shoals and is also offered by Arrowfield.

The catalogue also features a full brother to international Group 1 winning sprinter and now Coolmore stallion Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock), offered as Lot 88 by Segenhoe Stud.

Yarraman Park offer Brazen Beau's full brother, Lot 243, while other prominent stallions with siblings in the sale include Starspangledbanner, Dundeel (NZ), Shooting To Win and Shamus Award.

The full brother to Brazen Beau will be offered by Yarraman Park

Among the 34 yearlings out of Group 1 winning mares is Lot 156, the sister to a colt who fetched the second highest price of the 2018 sale, $1.8 million, by Fastnet Rock out of O'Marilyn (O'Reilly {NZ}).

Also among that group is the brother to the Snitzel x Walk With Attitude colt, which sold for $1.5 million last year.

Champion filly Norzita (NZ) (Thorn Park {USA}), who is set to be sold during May's Chairman's Sale in foal to Snitzel, also has a filly by So You Think (NZ) (Lot 153) in the catalogue.

Depth matches strength

While the top end of the sale looks strong as usual, Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Sebastian Hutch said the strength extended right through the catalogue.

“The significance of the Easter Yearling Sale is perfectly illustrated by the fact that the three most valuable colts to race in Australia in 2018 are all graduates of the sale." - Sebastian Hutch

“The significance of the Easter Yearling Sale is perfectly illustrated by the fact that the three most valuable colts to race in Australia in 2018, The Autumn Sun, Merchant Navy and Trapeze Artist (Snitzel), are all graduates of the sale,’’ Hutch said.

Inglis Easter graduate The Autumn Sun returns to scale after winning the G1 Golden Rose

“Similarly the value to be found at the sale is further demonstrated by the likes of Spring Group 1 winners Aristia (Lonhro) and Land Of Plenty (Stratum) both having been sourced at Easter for $80,000."

“There is a large volume of well-bred fillies in the book, which is particularly exciting given how hard it is traditionally to gain entry to these good families."

“Already there is huge interest in the sale from buyers and we are looking forward to another fantastic renewal of what is the best yearling sale in the southern hemisphere.”

G1 Kennedy Oaks winner Aristia was only an $80,000 Inglis Easter Purchase

Top sires well represented

Snitzel, who led the aggregate at the 2018 sale, is the most represented sire in the catalogue with 37 yearlings, ahead of Sebring with 33. Fastnet Rock, who led the sale in terms of averages in 2018, has 31 yearlings along with I Am Invincible, who led aggregate sales at the recent Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast.

Vancouver leads the first-season sires with 25 yearlings in the catalogue, ahead of fellow Coolmore resident Pride of Dubai with 19.

Frankel is represented in the catalogue by 3 lots

International stallions are also well represented with Deep Impact (Jpn) having four colts at the sale, Frankel (GB) two colts and a filly, Tapit (USA) one of each and Lord Kanaloa (Jpn) and Harbinger (GB) both with one colt apiece.

Last year's Australian Easter Yearling Sale was statistically the second biggest ever, with gross sales of over $116 million and 22 $1 million-plus lots.