Melbourne Premier Sale Day 1 Review - Brazen colt leads the way

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Brazen Beau was the dominant sire on Day 1 of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale at Oaklands Junction as the average exceeded expectations but the clearance rate fell a little short of the mark.

At a Glance:

>> Average was strong for a first day at $125,511, while the median of $100,000 was the same as the overall Book 1 median last year

>> Clearance rate fell short of expectations, with 135 of 175 lots sold, meaning it was 77%. Day 1 last year, the clearance rate was 88%, but only after subsequent sales

>> Darley's Brazen Beau enjoyed a dominant day with two of the top three lots, while topping the aggregate and average after Day 1

>>The top lot went to Orbis Bloodstock, who paid a record $800,000 for a yearling by Brazen Beau

>> Lot 169 was the second most expensive by Vancouver ever sold, bought by John Foote at $540,000

>> There were 11 lots sold for more than $300,000 compared to five on Day 1 last year

Brazen Beginnings

From the very outset of the sale it was clear Brazen Beau was the sire of choice at the Melbourne Premier Sale, with Darley's Victorian-based stallion recording two of the top three lots.

Buyers had barely had time to shake off their Sunday morning lethargy when Orbis Bloodstock launched at Lot 4, going to $800,000 for the colt offered by Bhima.

Orbis has been extremely busy at the sales season so far, buying one at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, seven at Karaka and 11 at the recent Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney.

And representative Paul King was quick off the mark, paying a record for both the sire and the Hong Kong backed group.

"I was very determined to get him. Nice colt, I thought he was one of the standout colts. Brazen Beau is going enormous at the moment. He'll head to John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes stable," King said.

“John (Hawkes) loved the horse and as we say, if the trainer loves the horse we’ll buy it. He is a guy who can make a horse into a stallion."

"I was very determined to get him." - Orbis representative, Paul King

Orbis paid the highest price for a Brazen Beau at last year's Inglis Classic Sale, $480,000, and the development of that now unraced 2-year-old, called Potentia and trained by Kris Lees, gave King the extra confidence he needed in a spirited bidding dual.

"We’ve already got a Brazen Beau at home we like a lot. The stallion is starting to show what he can do at the moment," he said.

"He's got precocious 2-year-olds and I think they’ll be better 3-year olds. He's a horse we hope will develop from two to three to four, you get every opportunity with the Hawkes and hopefully we have spent the right money to get him."

The Brazen Beau x Up In Lights (NZ) colt will head to Hawkes Racing to be trained

The colt is out of Up In Lights (NZ) (O'Reilly {NZ}) the half-sister to 13-time winner and stakes placegetter Spin Doctor (Pins). Their dam Love The Limelight (Octagonal) is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Metal Bender.

He isn't the only colt that Orbis are keen on, with King suggesting that they would be bidding on at least two more lots across the next few days.

"He's one of my top lots. There's another one I like and we’ll have a go at him." - Paul King

"He's one of my top lots. There's another one I like and we’ll have a go at him," King said.

"I'll pick the eyes out of the horses and I think I've picked out three really nice colts. At the most, I’ll buy three here, but I'm looking for quality not quantity here."

Bhima Thoroughbreds has made a tradition of strong starts to sales this year and this represents the third time this season it has offered the top lot on the opening day.

Beau fits for Yulong too

Yulong was one of the underbidders for the top lot on Day 1, but did not miss out on Lot 66, the Brazen Beau filly out Beautiful Pleasure (Elvstroem), the half sister to Fontiton (Turffontein), beating out Team Hawkes with a bid of $420,000,

"She was just a cracking filly," Yulong chief operations officer Sam Fairgray said. "Brazen Beau is going really well. I identified her as one of the nicer fillies in the sale and it's nice to take home our number one pick."

"Brazen Beau is going really well. I identified her as one of the nicer fillies in the sale and it's nice to take home our number one pick." - Yulong chief operations officer Sam Fairgray

Fairgray is another big fan of the Victorian-based Darley sire, who currently leads the first-season sires' race.

"Being a son of I Am Invincible, he has done well so far with his 2-year-olds that are out there. He keeps on going forward, then he's definitely going to be a good stallion," he said.

"They are generally athletic. It's interesting talking to people overall, the Brazen Beaus are a better type than last year and she's just a lovely athletic filly, with a great temperament and great physique."

Fairgray said a decision on which trainer she goes to will be made over the next few months.

She was one of 10 sold by Blue Gum Farm, who led all vendors on the day with aggregate sales of $1.575m.

Meanwhile Yulong was the leading buyer on the day purchasing six lots for a total of $1.205m.

Lot 66 Brazen Beau x Beautiful Pleasure

Vancouver colt fits for Foote and Price

Later in the day, John Foote went to $540,000 for Lot 169 a Vancouver colt offered by Gilgai Farm, purchased on behalf of Hong Kong clients, to be trained by Mick Price.

She is out of G3 Launceston and Hobart Cups winner Epingle (NZ) (Pins), who is a sister of stakes-placed duo Etoile Filante (Pins) and Our Libretto out of stakes winner Etoile Du Nord (Zabeel {NZ})

"He's just a nice horse with a good pedigree isn't he, it’s pretty simple," he said.

Ollie Koolman was a busy buyer on the day, buying six yearlings across Hermitage Thoroughbreds and other clients, including a So You Think (NZ) colt out of Emerge (Stratum) for the day's fourth-highest price of $360,000 from Blue Gum's draft for a similar syndicate who raced Queensland Oaks winner Youngstar (High Chaparral {Ire}).

Lot 91, a colt by Sebring offered by Edinburgh Stud went for $320,000 to Gai Waterhouse Racing in partnership with Hallowell Stud.

He is out of the stakes-winner Caiguna (Dubai Destination {USA}) and is a full brother to stakes-placed 2-year-old Serena Bay, who was trained by Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

Another of the progeny of the recently-departed Sebring, a filly catalogued as Lot 137 and offered by Sun Stud went to Yulong for $310,000. The filly is a half-sister to Listed winner Veuvelicious (Northern Meteor) out of Debutante (GB) (Medicean {GB}), the half-sister to a trio of European stakes winners.

Strength and diversity highlight for Inglis

Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster was delighted with the strength and diversity of the market in Day 1.

"I think there is plenty of money there at the top of the market and we’ve got fantastic competition on the better types," he said.

"It's also fabulous for the Victorian industry to have Brazen Beau on top. It’s the first time I can remember when a Victorian based sire is on top on both gross and average."

Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster

"The other good thing is that there are still plenty of major buyers that haven’t spent a lot of money, there is still a lot to go. There is great diversity in the buying bench and we haven't got any one buyer dominating the sale."

"There is great diversity in the buying bench and we haven't got any one buyer dominating the sale." - Mark Webster

Webster said he wasn't concerned by the 77 per cent clearance rate as it was identical to where the clearance rate stood immediately after Day 1 last year before it jumped up with subsequent sales.

The comparison to last year's Day 1 is also clouded by the fact that the first 117 lots last year were catalogued as part of a Blue Riband session.

Leading Sires by Average (3+)

Brazen Beau24831$2,285,000$285,625$800,000$215,000
Teofilo (IRE)7310$710,000$236,667$310,000$230,000
Sebring12402$915,000$228,750$320,000$235,000
Fastnet Rock6311$610,000$203,333$300,000$155,000
Vancouver19720$1,400,000$200,000$540,000$140,000
Pierro7300$530,000$176,667$250,000$140,000
So You Think (NZ)13412$690,000$172,500$360,000$137,500
Nicconi11310$455,000$151,667$300,000$95,000
Zoustar12501$740,000$148,000$200,000$150,000
Written Tycoon271301$1,795,000$138,077$300,000$135,000
Pride of Dubai8311$400,000$133,333$200,000$120,000
Toronado (IRE)15601$723,000$120,500$310,000$75,000
Dissident17411$375,000$93,750$130,000$100,000
Press Statement10301$247,000$82,333$115,000$75,000
Magnus11510$355,000$71,000$135,000$60,000
Street Boss (USA)15404$275,000$68,750$100,000$67,500
Shooting to Win6310$196,000$65,333$110,000$70,000
Deep Field15322$195,000$65,000$100,000$50,000
All Too Hard24621$342,000$57,000$110,000$50,000
Epaulette10410$225,000$56,250$100,000$52,500

Leading Sires by Aggregate

Brazen Beau24831$2,285,000$285,625$800,000$215,000
Written Tycoon271301$1,795,000$138,077$300,000$135,000
Vancouver19720$1,400,000$200,000$540,000$140,000
Sebring12402$915,000$228,750$320,000$235,000
Zoustar12501$740,000$148,000$200,000$150,000
Toronado (IRE)15601$723,000$120,500$310,000$75,000
Teofilo (IRE)7310$710,000$236,667$310,000$230,000
So You Think (NZ)13412$690,000$172,500$360,000$137,500
Fastnet Rock6311$610,000$203,333$300,000$155,000
Pierro7300$530,000$176,667$250,000$140,000
Nicconi11310$455,000$151,667$300,000$95,000
Hinchinbrook8210$400,000$200,000$250,000$200,000
Pride of Dubai8311$400,000$133,333$200,000$120,000
Dissident17411$375,000$93,750$130,000$100,000
Magnus11510$355,000$71,000$135,000$60,000
All Too Hard24621$342,000$57,000$110,000$50,000
Dundeel (NZ)10210$280,000$140,000$240,000$140,000
Street Boss (USA)15404$275,000$68,750$100,000$67,500
Press Statement10301$247,000$82,333$115,000$75,000

Top Buyers by Aggregate

Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty LtdVIC6$1,205,000$200,833$420,000$132,500
McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty LtdSA4$890,000$222,500$300,000$245,000
Orbis Bloodstock Pty LtdVIC1$800,000$800,000$800,000$800,000
John Foote BloodstockHONG KONG1$540,000$540,000$540,000$540,000
Henry Dwyer RacingVIC3$420,000$140,000$200,000$110,000
Hermitage Thoroughbreds Pty LtdNSW3$400,000$133,333$180,000$160,000
Robbie Griffiths Racing / Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA)VIC5$386,000$77,200$120,000$80,000
Anton Koolman Bloodstock Pty LtdNSW1$360,000$360,000$360,000$360,000
J KennedyVIC2$355,000$177,500$180,000$177,500
Gai Waterhouse Racing / Adrian Bott / Mount Hallowell StudNSW1$320,000$320,000$320,000$320,000
Astute Bloodstock (FBAA)NSW1$310,000$310,000$310,000$310,000
Bahen Bloodstock / Laming RacingVIC1$310,000$310,000$310,000$310,000
2K Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds Pty LtdNSW1$300,000$300,000$300,000$300,000
Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Randwick Bloodstock Agency Pty Ltd (FBAA)NSW1$300,000$300,000$300,000$300,000
David Pfieffer RacingNSW2$295,000$147,500$155,000$147,500
Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams BloodstockVIC3$290,000$96,667$140,000$90,000
Sun Bloodstock Pty LtdHONG KONG2$260,000$130,000$130,000$130,000
Anthony Freedman Racing / Blue Sky Bloodstock Pty Ltd (FBAA) / 2K ThoroughbredsVIC1$250,000$250,000$250,000$250,000
Colin Little Racing Pty LtdVIC1$250,000$250,000$250,000$250,000

Top Vendors by Average

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, Eddington4101 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000
Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW19611 $1,196,000 $199,333 $800,000 $47,500
Gilgai Farm, Nagambie16612 $1,130,000 $188,333 $540,000 $140,000
Sun Stud, Kerrie14303 $548,000 $182,667 $310,000 $200,000
Princess Park Thoroughbred Farm, Nagambie13120 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000
Edinburgh Park Stud, Wingham, NSW6500 $890,000 $178,000 $320,000 $120,000
Morning Rise Stud, Red Hill4200 $355,000 $177,500 $200,000 $177,500
Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA11221 $335,000 $167,500 $180,000 $167,500
Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington16601 $995,000 $165,833 $310,000 $137,500
Blue Gum Farm, Euroa301026 $1,575,000 $157,500 $420,000 $112,500
Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella9201 $310,000 $155,000 $200,000 $155,000
Merricks Station, Merricks6100 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000
Fernrigg Farm, Denman, NSW10421 $590,000 $147,500 $250,000 $130,000
Woodside Park Stud, Tylden15612 $865,000 $144,167 $300,000 $135,000
Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW11312 $395,000 $131,667 $170,000 $115,000
Shadowbrook Bloodstock, Cannons Creek6500 $655,000 $131,000 $300,000 $90,000
Springmount, Romsey10101 $130,000 $130,000 $130,000 $130,000
Vincent & Field Bloodstock, Mount Fairy, NSW1100 $130,000 $130,000 $130,000 $130,000
Two Bays Farm, Flinders11410 $512,000 $128,000 $310,000 $85,000
Oakford Thoroughbred Farm, Maldon3200 $245,000 $122,500 $175,000 $122,500

Top Vendors by Aggregate

Blue Gum Farm, Euroa301026 $1,575,000 $157,500 $420,000 $112,500
Supreme Thoroughbreds, Romsey301301 $1,536,000 $118,154 $300,000 $130,000
Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW19611 $1,196,000 $199,333 $800,000 $47,500
Gilgai Farm, Nagambie16612 $1,130,000 $188,333 $540,000 $140,000
Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington16601 $995,000 $165,833 $310,000 $137,500
Edinburgh Park Stud, Wingham, NSW6500 $890,000 $178,000 $320,000 $120,000
Woodside Park Stud, Tylden15612 $865,000 $144,167 $300,000 $135,000
Shadowbrook Bloodstock, Cannons Creek6500 $655,000 $131,000 $300,000 $90,000
Maluka Thoroughbreds, Kilmore25721 $650,000 $92,857 $250,000 $60,000
Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre22643 $595,000 $99,167 $160,000 $85,000
Fernrigg Farm, Denman, NSW10421 $590,000 $147,500 $250,000 $130,000
Sun Stud, Kerrie14303 $548,000 $182,667 $310,000 $200,000
Two Bays Farm, Flinders11410 $512,000 $128,000 $310,000 $85,000
Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW11312 $395,000 $131,667 $170,000 $115,000
Morning Rise Stud, Red Hill4200 $355,000 $177,500 $200,000 $177,500
Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA11221 $335,000 $167,500 $180,000 $167,500
Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella9201 $310,000 $155,000 $200,000 $155,000
Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Buckley26443 $260,000 $65,000 $140,000 $50,000
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, Eddington4101 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000
Oakford Thoroughbred Farm, Maldon3200 $245,000 $122,500 $175,000 $122,500