Day 3: Inglis Classic Sale – Star Witness in vogue

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Widden Stud stallion Star Witness has won over buyers at the top end of the market at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale with a pair of quality youngsters topping days two and three at the Riverside Stables.

Inglis Classic Day 3: At A Glance

>> Star Witness is enjoying a strong sale and for the second day running he tops the session with a $350,000 filly to Orbis Bloodstock.

>> A son of Kermadec (NZ) gets serious attention from Triple Crown Bloodstock and they secured him for $280,000.

>> George Moore is a member of the Dissident fan club and he parted with $280,000 on spec for a colt by the multiple Group 1 winner.

>> At the end of Day 3, Orbis Bloodstock is the leading buyer at the sale, having purchased 11 individual lots for $1,590,000.

>> The overall sale clearance is 82% with an average of $77,909 and one day of Book 1 remaining. The average is down compared to end of sale last year ($93,231) but up on the 2017 sale ($71,342).

Star Witness in vogue

Widden Stud stallion Star Witness has won over buyers at the top end of the market at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale with a pair of quality youngsters topping days two and three at the Riverside Stables.

A speed machine with a G1 Coolmore Stud S. to his credit, Star Witness’ son offered by Noogee Park was sold for $400,000 on Sunday to Yulong and on Monday the Hong Kong-based Orbis Bloodstock went to $350,000 for the Newhaven Park-offered filly.

Lot 475 is out of Madam Nash (Flying Spur), who won on eight occasions and she is a grand-daughter of Tidal Light (NZ) (Diagramatic {USA}), a Group 1 winner on both sides of the Tasman and a New Zealand Horse of the Year.

Trainer Kim Waugh has been associated with Orbis for the last 12 months and she signed for the good-looking filly.

“She’s beautiful, very athletic and correct. I was very impressed by her,” she said. “I kept going back to look at her, four or five times, and I liked her more every time.

“I thought she would be expensive. She had a lot of looks and I thought she would be around that mark.

“I’ve had a couple by Star Witness and I really like them. He’s proven himself with a lot of winners and a couple of very good horses.”

“I kept going back to look at her, four or five times, and I liked her more every time.” – Kim Waugh

Orbis is managed by former jockey Paul King with Waugh and Kris Lees their principal trainers in Australia.

“It’s working really well and at this stage I’ve mainly got all young horses,” Waugh said.

In the zone

Military Zone (Epaulette) did his younger half-brother a major favour when he opened his stakes account with victory in the recent Listed Gosford Guineas and that was reflected in the ring.

The Two Bays Farm-offered colt by Kermadec (NZ) won over Triple Crown Bloodstock and they stretched to $280,000 for Lot 457.

Lot 457 Kermadec x Loading Zone colt

“He’s a big strong colt and a great mover like a lot of the Kermadecs are,” Michael Ward said.

“He’s a big strong colt and a great mover like a lot of the Kermadecs are.” - Michael Ward

“Obviously we race Military Zone and we think he has Group 1 potential so we’re thrilled to get him.”

The youngster is out of the Street Sense (USA) mare Loading Zone and she is a half-sister to the dam of the G2 Sweet Embrace S. winner Scarlet Rain (Manhattan Rain). It is also the family of the two-time Group 1 winner and sire Toorak Toff (Show A Heart).

Dissident colt popular

Sledmere Stud was celebrating after their good-looking son of Dissident attracted widespread attention in the ring with the bidding duel finally won by Hong Kong-based bloodstock agent George Moore.

Lot 417 realised $280,000 and is the first foal of the unraced Northern Meteor mare Keep Warm, who is a three-quarter sister to the G1 Flight S. and dual Group 2 winner Speak Fondly.

Lot 417 Dissident x Keep Warm colt

Her half-brother Wild And Proud won the G2 Hobartville S. and this pedigree also features the G2 QTC Cup winner Spill The Beans (Snitzel), whose fledgling stallion career is underway at Aquis.

“It’s the third Dissident we’ve bought and we think he will make it as a stallion.” – George Moore.

“We bought him on spec. We don’t have a client right now so obviously we’ll try and sell him in the next week and export him to Hong Kong,” George Moore said.

“It’s the third Dissident we’ve bought and we think he will make it as a stallion. This is a good type of horse to spec on and the best mover in the sale.

“He’s got a good over-reach and good drive behind. He’s the type of horse I like to buy and obviously there was a lot of competition from Hong Kong for him.

No doubt about Domeland

Domeland has been active on all three days of the sale and they were in the mix again when going to $250,000 for a son of Not A Single Doubt put forward by Canning Downs Stud.

The colt is a brother to the three-time winner Never In Doubt with their dam Infinito (Encosta de Lago) a daughter of the G2 Tristarc S. winner Infinite Grace (Prince Of Birds {USA}) and she placed three times at the top level.

This is also the family of the two-time G1 Cox Plate winner Fields Of Omagh (Rubiton).

Barnmate to Not A Single Doubt, promising young stallion Dundeel (NZ) had Lot 433 sold for $250,000 to trainer Paul Perry. Dundeel (NZ) is in hot form as a sire with son Castelvecchio taking out the $2 million Inglis Millennium.

He was put forward by Arrowfield Stud and boasts an international pedigree with his dam La Fouine Tail (JPN) (Neo Universe {USA}) a daughter of the G1 Japan Cup runner-up Fabulous La Fouine (FR) (Fabulous Dancer {USA}).

Lot 433 Dundeel x La Fouine Tail colt

Filly a beauty

A daughter of Brazen Beau proved popular in the ring with Lot 366 from Yarraman Park Stud eventually knocked down to Damion Flower’s Jadeskye Racing and Brad Widdup for $220,000.

“Brad and I tried to get two last year and missed out, we really liked Accession,” Flower said.

“This is a lovely filly. She’s got a lovely body, very athletic with a good walk and she looks like she’ll run early.

“She’s just the type of Brazen Beau we wanted.”

“She’s got a lovely body, very athletic with a good walk and she looks like she’ll run early.” – Damion Flower.

She is a half-sister to the dual South African Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1 placegetter New Predator (New Approach {Ire}),

Their dam Head Over Heels (Fastnet Rock) is a half-sister to the three-time black type winner Presently (Unbridled’s Song {USA}) and to the dam of the G2 Sarten Memorial and G2 Matamata Breeders’ S. winner Serena Miss (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}).

Lot 366 Brazen Beau x Head Over Heels filly

The Brazen Beau filly’s price was matched by a son of Zoustar, who was signed for by John Foote.

Offered by Lustre Lodge, Lot 403 is the first foal of It’s One (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) who was a city winner and her family includes the G2 Reisling S. winner Hips Don’t Lie (Danehill {USA}) and the G1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas placegetter Rhythm (NZ) (Bakharoff {USA}).

Zoustar makes his mark

Leading young stallion Zoustar made an impact deep into the session when his colt, Lot 547, was sold to Carmel Size for $220,000

Presented by Widden Stud, he is a son of Muscatels (Octagonal {NZ}) who is a three-quarter sister to the stakes winners Jeremiad (Octagonal {NZ}) and Scarf (Lonhro).

It is also the family of the G1 Thorndon Mile winner Sir Kinloch (NZ) (Rhythm {USA}) with an international flavour added to the page by the presence of G3 Newmarket Nell Gwyn S. winner Soliloquy (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}).

Stand-out Hinchinbrook colt

Lot 407 also fetched $220,000 for consignor Kenmore Lodge with Louis Le Metayer’s Astute Bloodstock the new owner of the Hinchinbrook colt.

He is a half-brother to two winners with the dam Jive Lady (Distant Music {USA}) a half-sister to the G2 Rose Of Kingston S. winner Vormista (Testa Rossa). She also finished runner-up at Group 1 level three times.

Louis Le Metayer

“He’s a tall colt with a lot of scope and with a huge girth,” Le Metayer said. “I’ve looked at pretty much every horse here this week and for me he was one of the stand-outs.

“I buy mainly on type and bought him for a Hong Kong client. He’ll go to Archie Alexander to be pre-trained and trained and if he’s good enough he’ll end up in Hong Kong.”

McEvoy goes deep

A daughter of young sire Deep Field took trainer Tony McEvoy’s eye and he went to $220,000 for Lot 446 from Glastonbury Farms.

She is out of Legato (Danehill {USA}), who is a half-sister to the G2 Bill Stutt S. winner Schubert (Salieri {USA}).

The former champion Singapore galloper Recast (Thunder Gulch {USA}) is also a member of this family.

Lot 446 Deep Field x Lagato sold for $220,000

Inglis Classic Sale Statistics

Top Sires by Aggregate

Written Tycoon23141$2,040,000$145,714$320,000$145,000
Dissident38195$1,957,500$103,026$340,000$75,000
I Am Invincible2090$1,750,000$194,444$330,000$155,000
Star Witness33171$1,458,000$85,765$400,000$40,000
Hinchinbrook19104$1,242,500$124,250$250,000$100,000
Headwater35203$1,162,000$58,100$140,000$47,500
Deep Field31202$1,152,500$57,625$220,000$50,000
Exosphere16132$1,136,000$87,385$250,000$65,000
Zoustar1481$1,048,000$131,000$220,000$105,000
Spirit of Boom2193$1,047,000$116,333$200,000$120,000
Nicconi27153$980,000$65,333$145,000$50,000

Top Sires by Average (3+ sold)

Snitzel430$600,000$200,000$370,000$160,000
I Am Invincible2090$1,750,000$194,444$330,000$155,000
Brazen Beau1041$660,000$165,000$220,000$195,000
Not a Single Doubt951$735,000$147,000$250,000$170,000
Written Tycoon23141$2,040,000$145,714$320,000$145,000
Zoustar1481$1,048,000$131,000$220,000$105,000
Hinchinbrook19104$1,242,500$124,250$250,000$100,000
Spirit of Boom2193$1,047,000$116,333$200,000$120,000
Dundeel (NZ)2072$776,000$110,857$250,000$120,000
No Nay Never (USA)541$420,000$105,000$150,000$102,500
Dissident38195$1,957,500$103,026$340,000$75,000

Top Buyers

Orbis Bloodstock Pty LtdVIC11$1,590,000$144,545$350,000$120,000
Domeland Pty LtdNSW7$1,220,000$174,286$300,000$250,000
Star Thoroughbreds / Randwick Bloodstock (FBAA)NSW4$990,000$247,500$330,000$285,000
Jadeskye Racing / Brad Widdup RacingNSW4$721,000$180,250$370,000$152,500
Paul Perry Horse Training Pty LtdNSW4$690,000$172,500$250,000$155,000
Triple Crown SyndicationsNSW5$660,000$132,000$280,000$90,000
Carmel Size RacingNSW3$650,000$216,667$220,000$220,000
Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty LtdVIC3$600,000$200,000$400,000$150,000
Portelli RacingNSW4$495,000$123,750$185,000$130,000
McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty LtdSA4$490,000$122,500$220,000$110,000

Top Vendors by Aggregate

Yarraman Park Stud, Scone28212$2,051,000$97,667$250,000$80,000
Widden Stud, Widden Valley54295$1,666,000$57,448$220,000$48,000
Newhaven Park, Boorowa29167$1,651,500$103,219$350,000$105,000
Newgate Farm, Aberdeen37220$1,602,000$72,818$210,000$68,500
Arrowfield Stud, Scone46226$1,334,000$60,636$250,000$42,500
Sledmere Stud, Scone27141$1,240,500$88,607$280,000$70,000
Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone19140$1,077,000$76,929$370,000$42,500
Fairview Park Stud, Grose Wold17152$1,064,500$70,967$270,000$45,000
Vinery Stud, Scone29146$1,046,500$74,750$280,000$60,000
Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone21125$809,000$67,417$185,000$40,000

Top Vendors by Average (3+ sold)

Tyreel Stud, Agnes Banks750$620,000$124,000$220,000$80,000
Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow930$370,000$123,333$170,000$140,000
Ashleigh Thoroughbreds, Scone850$608,500$121,700$300,000$130,000
Torryburn Stud, Torryburn1061$720,000$120,000$300,000$92,500
Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld931$350,000$116,667$250,000$60,000
Kenmore Lodge, Wyreema, Qld751$572,000$114,400$220,000$120,000
Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic631$340,000$113,333$180,000$120,000
Woodside Park Stud, Tylden, Vic860$670,000$111,667$320,000$55,000
Two Bays Farm, Flinders, Vic960$657,000$109,500$280,000$83,000
Glastonbury Farms, Scone1142$432,500$108,125$220,000$75,000