Day 1: Inglis Classic Sale - Flower sweet on Snitzel filly

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Champion stallion Snitzel provided the headline act during the opening session of Inglis’ Classic Yearling Sale at the Riverside Stables when Jadeskye Racing’s Damion Flower went to $370,000 for Bhima's daughter of Arrowfield Stud’s resident.

Inglis Classic Day 1: At a glance

>> Bhima Thoroughbreds topped the opening session with a Snitzel filly purchased by Jadeskye for $370,000.

>> After the success of Fiesta (I Am Invincible) Star Thoroughbreds secured a pair of I Am Invincible fillies to add to the collection, ending the session as leading buyer.

>> Written Tycoon ends the day as leading sire with seven lots sold for over $1.4 million total.

>> Day 1 ended with a clearance rate of 70% and $110,000 average, down on 2018's $130,000 first session average.

>> The Gold Riband session saw 43 lots sell (73% clearance) at an average of $150,000, only slightly down on the same session average in 2018 ($160,000).

Snitzel filly steals the show

Champion stallion Snitzel provided the headline act during the opening session of Inglis’ Classic Yearling Sale at the Riverside Stables when Jadeskye Racing’s Damion Flower went to $370,000 for a daughter of Arrowfield Stud’s resident.

Lot 102 is out of Racing Nadine (Bernardini {USA}), who is a half-sister to the G1 Chipping Norton S. and G1 Rosehill Guineas winner He’s No Pie Eater (Canny Lad). Superstar stallion in Redoute’s Choice is also a member of this family.

“She just has that real residual value right through to the bottom of the page - Rubick and those horses I know,” Flower said.

“She is the type of Snitzel you want to buy and she just appealed to me. She looks like she will get up and run.

“She is the type of Snitzel you want to buy and she just appealed to me.” – Damion Flower.

Blandford Bloodstock made their mark on the sale when they went to $340,000 for Lot 110, a Dissident filly offered by Carramar Park. She is a grand-daughter of the G1 Coolmore Classic winner Shindig (NZ) (Straight Strike {USA}), who left the G1 Orr S. winner Shinzig (Danehill {USA}).

Star collecting I Am Invincibles

Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds has an understandable affinity with I Am Invincible and following a grand day at Warwick Farm with daughter Fiesta they spent heavily to secure a pair of the Yarraman Park Stud’s stallion’s fillies.

Their purple silks with white stars were carried to victory in the $1 million Inglis Sprint by Fiesta and $330,000 of those proceeds went on, Lot 90, put forward by Fairhill Farm.

“He is a remarkable stallion, almost indescribably remarkable,” Martin said. “I’ve had my business for 26 years and I’ve seen highs and lows.

“He is a remarkable stallion, almost indescribably remarkable.” - Denise Martin

“I’ve seen stallions come and go and there have been very few stallions come and take the industry by storm like this horse has in the last two or three years.

Lot 90 I Am Invincible x Limbo Down (NZ)

“He started at a $10,000 service fee and he is close to $200,000 now. They come in all shapes and sizes, they are very versatile, easy to train and they do the job.

“He has had 22 or 23 stakes winners in the six months of this season and it helped this filly is from the same vendor as Fiesta.

“Fiesta wasn’t big as a yearling, but she was correct and strong. This filly isn’t big, but she has some substance to her and she has a nice sense of quality about her.

“This filly isn’t big, but she has some substance to her and she has a nice sense of quality about her. – Denise Martin.

“Had I reached my limit? Absolutely. There’s a reason these yearlings are bringing the prices they are, they are in demand and the stallions are doing the job.

The filly is out of Limbo Down (Fastnet Rock) from the family of the G3 Black Opal S. winner Handsome Ransom (Red Ransom {USA}) and the Listed Flemington Rose S. winner Danajaya (Danehill {USA}).

Martin also paid $300,000 for I Am Invincible’s Lot 105 presented by Ashleigh Thoroughbreds and from the family of the G1 Blue Diamond S. winner Earthquake (Exceed And Excel). Star Thoroughbreds then parted with $270,000 for a Press Statement colt, Lot 72, out of Fairview Park Stud’s draft.

The youngster is a half-brother to five winners from the family of the G1 AJC Sires’ Produce S. and G1 Champagne S. winner Victory Vein (Mr Henrysee {USA}).

“I thought he was a magnificent walker, big and strong and athletic - just a really eye-catching colt.“ – Denise Martin.

“I thought he was a magnificent colt and one of two or three lots in the entire catalogue I wanted to buy,” Martin said.

“I thought he was a magnificent walker, big and strong and athletic - just a really eye-catching colt.“

More Invincible headlines

Domeland went to $300,000 to secure Torryburn Stud’s I Am Invincible filly, Lot 111, out of Taltarni (Stratum) from the family of the G2 Silver Slipper S. winner Chance Bye (Snitzel).

Domeland also snapped up Lot 49, a daughter of the ill-fated G3 Skyline S. winner Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock). She was the subject of spirited bidding before she left the ring with a $250,000 price tag around her neck.

She is out of the Listed performer Andromache (NZ) (Charge Forward) was purchased out of the Yarraman Park Stud consignment. Charge Forward (Red Ransom {USA}) as a broodmare sire no doubt added to the appeal, with recent star fillies Estijaab, She Will Reign and Sunlight all from mares by the Red Ransom stallion.

She is a half-sister to the dual winner Pageantry (I Am Invincible) with the second dam the G1 South African Guineas winner Mythical Play (NZ) (Defensive Play {USA}), who is out of the former champion New Zealand filly Kate’s Myth (NZ) (Kaoru Star).

Tycoon writing headlines

The sale closed on a high note when the penultimate Lot 119 from Woodside Park Stud went to Sun Bloodstock for $320,000. The colt by Written Tycoon is out of a half-sister to the G1 Schweppes Oaks winner Just Discreet (Shamardal {USA}).

He was one of a number of top prices by the Woodside Park-based Written Tycoon.

Lot 63 presented by Yarraman Park Stud attracted widespread attention before he went to the final $220,000 bid of Carmel Size Racing, out of the G2 Silver Slipper S. runner-up Ambers Waltz (Danehill Dancer {Ire}).

“I loved this horse. He is very athletic and has great scope. He is going to improve,” Size said.

“The main thing was his great temperament though. My father bred Written Tycoon and I’ve seen a lot of them. I want the ones with the good temperament, because the breed can be a little bit hot.”

“I loved this horse. He is very athletic and has great scope. He is going to improve.” – Carmel Size said.

That $220,000 price tag was later matched by Darby Racing for Lot 71, Tyreel Stud’s Written Tycoon colt from the family of the G1 VRC Derby winner Extra Brut (Domesday).

The first six figure sale of the session came with the appearance of Lot 13, another son of Written Tycoon consigned by Tyreel Stud. He was knocked down for $180,000 to Victoria’s Orbis Bloodstock.

The colt is out of Wildenstein (Redoute’s Choice), who was successful on two occasions and is a half-sister to the Listed Widden S. winner Superfly (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}). Their dam Allez Fance won the Listed Keith Mackay H. and was Group 3 placed in the Auraria S.

Orbis Bloodstock also secured a son of Hinchinbrook, Lot 74, for $200,000 from the draft of Ascot Park. The colt is out of a half-sister to the G1 Al Quoz Sprint winner Amber Sky (Exceed And Excel).