Day 4: Inglis Classic Sale – Perry bags record colt

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On the final day for Book 1 at Riverside Stables, New Zealand bloodstock agent Bruce Perry went to an Inglis Classic Yearling Sale record for a son of the two-time Group 1 winning speed merchant Brazen Beau.

Inglis Classic Day 4: At A Glance

>> Kiwi agent Bruce Perry pays $550,000 – the highest price ever paid at the Classic Sale – for a Brazen Beau colt.

>> Victoria’s Laceby Lodge Stud was also in on the Brazen Beau action and went to $480,000 for a son of the dual Group 1 winning sprinter. Brazen Beau ended the sale as leading sire by average.

>> A colt by Written Tycoon caught the eye of Julian Blaxland for $400,000.

>> The Book 1 session of the Classic Sale grossed $45,100,000 with an average of $76,701, a median price of $55,000 and an 81% clearance rate.

>> Orbis Bloodstock was the top buyer, spending $1,590,000 on 11 lots and Brazen Beau was the leading sire on average at $247,847 with seven lots sold.

Record Colt

A timely pedigree update raised the bar on the stylish son of Brazen Beau presented by Murrulla Stud and, off the back of the colt’s half-sister Rock Dove winning Sunday’s Listed Strutt S., Bruce Perry wasn’t to be denied.

He purchased Lot 609 for $550,000 - the highest-price ever realised at the sale – on behalf of a stallion syndicate.

"I thought he was the stand-out colt and I think he would be the stand-out colt at the Easter Sale too. He is just a lovely balanced horse with a lot of presence,” he said.

“He is just a lovely balanced horse with a lot of presence.” - Bruce Perry.

"I've seen some lots I have liked, but this is the first one I have tried to buy. You try and buy the ones you really want and that's what we did.

“He might have made more at Easter, especially if Brazen Beau leaves a Golden Slipper winner between now and then. This could look like a bargain."

To be trained by Kris Lees at Broadmeadow, Perry bought the colt for a fund that also races Group 1 performer Ardrossan (Redoute's Choice), recent Sydney city winners Turnberry (Snitzel) and Live And Free (NZ) (Savabeel). They also bought an I Am Invincible colt for NZ$300,000 at Karaka.

“It's for a little colt partnership we have put together,” Perry said. “We will buy, but only when we see the right horse.

“We will buy, but only when we see the right horse.” – Bruce Perry.

“We might only buy one, if we see one we think is a bit special we will secure it, no matter where it is. We might buy one, we might buy two, but we are still happy if we don't buy any.”

Lot 609 Brazen Beau x Pouter

The latest acquisition is out of Pouter (Dubawi {Ire}), who was successful twice and is a half-sister to the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas winner and G1 Spring Champion S. placegetter Excelltastic (Exceed And Excel).

The family has also made an international impact through the deeds of the G1 Belmont Mother Goose S. winner Dreams Galore (USA) (Silver Ghost {USA}).

Murrulla Stud has a close tie to Brazen Beau as they sold him at the 2013 Classic Sale for $70,000 to Ontrack Thoroughbreds.

Laceby cuts loose

Another Brazen Beau colt, Lot 666, was also the subject of keen interest when presented by Aquis Farm and was secured by Laceby Lodge Stud, of Victoria, for $480,000.

He is a son of Rose Of Hallowell (Commands) and she is also the dam of the Listed Sir Ernest Lee Steere Classic winner Lusaha (More Than Ready {USA}), who as Shanghai Master has also been successful in Hong Kong.

Rose Of Hallowell, who has a filly foal at foot by Sebring and is in foal to Dissident, is a sister to the G2 Stan Fox S. winner and G1 Caulfield Guineas placegetter Court Command.

"This was a great result for a mare we bought in foal in partnership with some Hong Kong clients,” Aquis Bloodstock manager Aaron Bott said.

“We just loved the horse and obviously some great judges were on him.” – Aaron Bott.

“Just great to see for them and this horse is a showcase of what we are doing. We are traders, we race but we sell as well, and this was a great return for our clients. It was a great result all round.

"We brought him here as a stand-out horse of our draft, he was a stand-out foal, was a great horse in prep – he never put a foot wrong – and he has a great constitution.

“We just loved the horse and obviously some great judges were on him. The horse will be trained by Shane Nicholls and Domeland were the under-bidders and Godolphin showed interest."

Not to be denied

There wasn’t any stopping Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland’s pursuit of a son of Written Tycoon and he ended the chase with a final bid of $400,000 in partnership with Dream Thoroughbreds, trainer Anthony Freedman and Bluegrass Bloodstock.

Offered by Newgate Farm, Lot 624 is out of Queenie (Black Minnaloushe {USA}) who has left four winners including the G3 Gunsynd Classic winner Trump (Written Tycoon).

The third generation of this family features the Doomben 10,000 and G1 Winfield Classic winner Flitter (Bluebird (USA), whose grand-daughter Jessy Belle (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}) was successful in the G2 Matriarch S.

Kennewell invincible

Lloyd Kennewell’s stable has been well-served by the progeny of I Am Invincible and he signed for a colt by the outstanding stallion out of Newgate Farm’s draft for $375,000 with Victoria’s Group 1 Bloodstock.

Lot 762’s immediate family includes the G3 Schweppes Cup winner and G1 Rosehill Guineas runner-up Khamacruz and the G3 Adrian Knox S. winner Sybeel (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}).

“I thought he would be the sales topper and I am very surprised he wasn't,” Kennewell said.

“It was one of those situations that unfolded strangely in the ring. We were keen to secure him and it was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, I thought it was a bargain really.

“I thought he would be the sales topper and I am very surprised he wasn't.” – Lloyd Kennewell.

“Hopefully, we have some colts that people are talking about in 18 months’ time.

“He is very athletic and I think he is going to be a horse that trains on. I think he will be a late 2-year-old and even better at three. "

Kennewell has enjoyed great success with I Am Invincible’s gifted daughter Viddora, the dual Group 1 winner of the Moir S. and the Winterbotton S. and the talented 2-year-old Jedastar who will take on the older horses in Saturday’s G1 Lightning H.

“Anytime there is an I Am Invincible that is that good-looking then people expect it to make a lot of money.” – Henry Field.

Newgate’s Henry Field said they had a $250,000 reserve on their colt.

“Anytime there is an I Am Invincible that is that good-looking then people expect it to make a lot of money.

“He was late in the sale and there were multiple people that were interested in him that spent their money on other horses.

“Quite a few people came up to me after the sale and said if I had of known he was going to make that I would have kept my powder dry.”

Trainer Lloyd Kennewell

Zoomed in on filly

A Zoustar filly from the family of the multiple Group 1 winning speedster Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock) came in for serious attention in the ring before she was knocked down to Mick Price’s Bloodstock Manager Luke Wilkinson for $250,000.

Lot 615 offered by Widden Stud is out of Prismatic (Street Sense {USA}), an unraced half-sister to the Group 3 winners Montsegur (New Approach {USA}) and Tesera (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}).

Meanwhile, Lot 655 will be on his way to the successful stable of Tony McEvoy following the Line Country Thoroughbreds-prepared colt’s sale for $250,000.

By Spirit Of Boom, he is out of Rhiannons Girl (General Nediym) with the G1 New Zealand Oaks and G1 DB 1600 winner Solveig (NZ) (Imposing) a feature name on the pedigree page.

Newnham makes his move

Dundeel (NZ) has made a splendid start to his stallion career with a number of stakes performers headed by the G1 Kenilworth Cape Derby winner Atyaab and the Arrowfield Stud stallion’s popularity continued in the Inglis sale ring.

Trainer Mark Newnham went to $220,000 for the Scone nursery’s colt, Lot 620, out of the Not A Single Doubt mare Push And Shove.

She is a half-sister to the Listed Canonbury S. winner Raceway (More Than Ready) and the family of the G1 Goodwood H. winner Cameronic (Francis Bacon {Ire}).

Newnham also paid $100,000 for Lot 747, a sister to his G3 Newmarket H. winner Lanciato (NZ) (Per Incanto {USA}). The filly was sold by Little Avondale Stud through the Sledmere Stud draft.

Family affair

Lot 596 is a filly close to Wentwood Grange’s heart and she realised $210,000 for the Hawkins family’s Cambridge operation.

They bred her sire Kermadec (NZ) and sold him at Karaka in 2013 for NZ$260,000 to Mulcaster Bloodstock.

He subsequently won the G1 George Main S. and the G1 Doncaster H. from Chris Waller’s Sydney yard. His half-brother by Tavistock (NZ) was sold to trainer Stephen Marsh for NZ$320,000 at Karaka last month.

Kermadec’s daughter out of the unraced Pica Pica, who on Tuesday was purchased by agent James Bester, is a half-sister to the G1 Telegraph H. winner Signify (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) and the G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce S. runner-up El Sicario (NZ) (Bullbars).

Inglis Classic Sale Statistics

Top Sires by Average (3+ sold)

Brazen Beau10712$1,735,000$247,857$550,000$200,000
I Am Invincible201118$2,275,000$206,818$375,000$155,000
Written Tycoon231931$2,810,000$147,895$400,000$140,000
Not a Single Doubt9810$997,000$124,625$250,000$120,000
Dundeel (NZ)201541$1,716,000$114,400$250,000$120,000
Spirit of Boom211335$1,472,000$113,231$250,000$100,000
No Nay Never (USA)5410$420,000$105,000$150,000$102,500

Top Sires by Aggregate

Written Tycoon23193$2,810,000$147,895$400,000$140,000
I Am Invincible20111$2,275,000$206,818$375,000$155,000
Brazen Beau1071$1,735,000$247,857$550,000$200,000
Star Witness33256$1,727,500$69,100$400,000$35,000
Dundeel (NZ)20154$1,716,000$114,400$250,000$120,000
Deep Field31254$1,472,500$58,900$220,000$50,000
Spirit of Boom21133$1,472,000$113,231$250,000$100,000

Top Buyers

Orbis Bloodstock Pty LtdVIC11$1,590,000$144,545$350,000$120,000
Domeland Pty LtdNSW9$1,297,500$144,167$300,000$60,000
Star Thoroughbreds / Randwick Bloodstock (FBAA)NSW5$1,110,000$222,000$330,000$270,000
Carmel Size RacingNSW4$790,000$197,500$220,000$215,000
McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty LtdSA5$740,000$148,000$250,000$160,000
Jadeskye Racing / Brad Widdup RacingNSW4$721,000$180,250$370,000$152,500
Triple Crown SyndicationsNSW6$715,000$119,167$280,000$85,000
Paul Perry Horse Training Pty LtdNSW4$690,000$172,500$250,000$155,000
Kennewell Racing / Group 1 BloodstockVIC3$625,000$208,333$375,000$150,000
M G Price Racing & Breeding Pty LtdVIC5$600,000$120,000$250,000$100,000
Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty LtdVIC3$600,000$200,000$400,000$150,000
Epsom LodgeQLD11$589,500$53,591$100,000$50,000
Laceby LodgeVIC3$555,000$185,000$480,000$50,000

Top Vendors by Aggregate

Newgate Farm, Aberdeen37321$2,974,000$92,938$400,000$80,000
Widden Stud, Widden Valley54409$2,371,500$59,288$250,000$45,000
Arrowfield Stud, Scone46368$2,307,000$64,083$250,000$43,750
Yarraman Park Stud, Scone28222$2,201,000$100,045$250,000$90,000
Newhaven Park, Boorowa29226$1,876,500$85,295$350,000$52,500
Sledmere Stud, Scone27221$1,816,000$82,545$280,000$70,000
Lime Country Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Burradoo16141$1,320,000$94,286$250,000$80,000
Vinery Stud, Scone29189$1,286,500$71,472$280,000$60,000
Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone19170$1,229,000$72,294$370,000$40,000
Murrulla Stud, Wingen13103$1,093,000$109,300$550,000$52,500
Fairview Park Stud, Grose Wold17152$1,064,500$70,967$270,000$45,000
Aquis Farm Operations, Murrurundi14122$1,063,500$88,625$480,000$55,000
Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone21146$984,000$70,286$185,000$42,500
Torryburn Stud, Torryburn1081$810,000$101,250$300,000$62,500

Top Vendors by Average (3+ sold)

Wentwood Grange, Cambridge, NZ430$420,000$140,000$210,000$130,000
Tyreel Stud, Agnes Banks751$620,000$124,000$220,000$80,000
Ashleigh Thoroughbreds, Scone850$608,500$121,700$300,000$130,000
Kenmore Lodge, Wyreema, Qld751$572,000$114,400$220,000$120,000
Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic632$340,000$113,333$180,000$120,000
Woodside Park Stud, Tylden, Vic871$790,000$112,857$320,000$60,000
Lustre Lodge, Alison440$450,000$112,500$220,000$77,500
Murrulla Stud, Wingen13103$1,093,000$109,300$550,000$52,500
Glastonbury Farms, Scone1153$532,500$106,500$220,000$80,000
Two Bays Farm, Flinders, Vic970$737,000$105,286$280,000$80,000