Melbourne Premier Sale Day 2: Review - Caviar glow usurps Brazen trend

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It took a Written Tycoon colt from the family of unbeaten superstar Black Caviar, the only Golden Horn (GB) ever to be offered in the southern hemisphere and a record price for a yearling by Kermadec (NZ) to prevent a shut out by Darley's popular sire Brazen Beau on the second day of the Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne.

Melbourne Premier Sale Day 2: At A Glance

> > The average for the sale to date jumped to $124,155, putting it on track to set a new record in that regard

> > Clearance rate after Day 2 rose to 80%, but the clearance rate on the day itself (78%) was slightly down than at the end of the first session.

> > A record price for a Written Tycoon at this sale of $675,000 for Lot 345 was the day's highest price

> > Gilgai Farm continued its excellent sale and now has three of the top five lots

> > There have been 24 lots to date at $300,000 or more compared with 13 at the same stage last year

Caviar glow lifts Written Tycoon colt

Brazen Beau had the top lot on Day 1 and while he held four of the seven top-priced lots on Monday, the highest price for Day 2 went to Gilgai Farm's Lot 345, a colt by Written Tycoon out of Black Caviar's sister Naturale (Bel Esprit).

Mark Player's International Thoroughbred Solutions put together the syndicate to buy the colt for $675,000, who comes from one of Australia's most famous racing families, being descended from Scandinavia (Snippets), a page which includes All Too Hard, Magnus, Wilander, Scandiva and Arctic Flight along with the legendary Black Caviar.

Player said a decision on a trainer would be made in the coming days, but indicated the horse would remain in Australia and be prepared by a 'metropolitan trainer'.

"He's a colt that is going to need a little bit of time. We’ll put him out for a little while, take our time with him," he said. "He's not an early 2-year-old probably, but he is a beautiful quality horse, by a champion sire out of one of the best families in the studbook."

"He's not an early 2-year-old probably, but he is a beautiful quality horse, by a champion sire out of one of the best families in the studbook." - Mark Player

Player said while he had gone to the limit of his budget, he knew there would be significant interest.

"You can't get those horses cheaply anywhere. It's a proper blue hen family. It's just one of those things that you have a look at, you put a value on and he was a bit more than we thought he would be, but there was a lot of competition there for him," he said.

Lot 345 Written Tycoon x Naturale colt topped day 2 selling for $675,000

It’s a record price for a Written Tycoon at his home sale.

"He's a proven stallion. He's a stallion that gets some good colts and some strong fillies," Player said.

"Physically we thought it was a good match for the family, knowing the family as we all do. This was a really lovely compact horse. A terrific mover and for our eye, it was a horse that can go on to be a top line racehorse."

More love for Brazen

Earlier, Ciaron Maher went to $575,000 for a Brazen Beau colt (Lot 227), out of multiple Group winner Innovation Girl (Rubiton) offered by Blue Gum Farm.

Maher, who prepared the colt's half sister, Listed winner Chloe in Paris (Exceed and Excel), bid on behalf of a group which includes one of his biggest supporters Colin McKenna.

"He's just a stronger version of her, a colt version. He's just a good, strong, straightforward, good moving colt. He's got a great attitude and has got a stallion's pedigree and that's what you want to see him do," he said.

Lot 227 Brazen Beau x Innovation Girl colt

The third colt to go for over $500,000 was another Gilgai Farm product, Lot 388, the colt by Kermadec (NZ) out of Promenades (Lonhro), a three-quarter sister to Manhattan Rain.

Lot 388 Kermadec x Promenades colt

Upper Bloodstock paid $520,000, easily the biggest price paid for Kermadec's first crop, and partner Ross Lao confirmed he would head to Hong Kong.

Pilkington joins Beau army

Mark Pilkington and Busuttin Racing joined the Brazen Beau buyers at the sale, parting with $450,000 for Lot 364, a colt offered by Blue Gum Farm who is a three-quarter brother to Lot 227.

Pilkington confirmed he wanted breeder Des Pope to remain involved with the colt, which will be trained by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young at Cranbourne.

Lot 364 Brazen Beau x Original Choice colt

"You just have to hope for the good breeders and good families and Des Pope and his crew have been pretty good at it and Blue Gum produced him a good manner," he said.

"I'm actually going to duck down the Blue Gum tent and find Des and see if he wants to keep a leg. He's been a great racing person for years and you like to surround yourself with good people."

Rare Golden Horn lures Roulston

Rob Roulston bought the first-ever Golden Horn (GB) yearling offered in the Southern Hemisphere, paying $425,000 on behalf of Rifa Mustang for Lot 370, a colt out of imported mare Paper Round (GB) (Street Cry {Ire}), bred by Colleen Bamford.

"We bought him as potential stallion prospect, no idea of trainer as yet," Roulston said.

"He was a really nice type of horse, probably the only Golden Horn available in the Southern Hemisphere, giving him an outcross pedigree."

Golden Horn (Cape Cross) was a four-time Group 1 winner for John Gosden and now stands at Darley UK for 50,000 GBP.

Vinny edges son in averages

Brazen Beau clearly leads the sale aggregate in terms of sires, with 14 sold to date at a total of $4.06m, but his sire I Am Invincible has eclipsed him by average, with his three lots on Monday averaging $360,000.

Early on in the day, Maher broke the record for the most ever paid for a yearling by G1 Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente (Ire), going to $320,000 for Lot 203, out of Gorgonzola (Hussonet {USA}).

"Lovely colt, I like Fiorente, and he's got plenty of substance and he’ll look like he'll continue to grow into a good horse. A Hussonet mare, he's a good broodmare sire and I like him as a type," Maher said.

"I've always liked Fiorentes, I sent some mares to him over the last few years. He's a cracking colt."

"You’d think that horse would get over a bit ground and possibly by a Guineas horse."

Colin McKenna, Andy Makiv, Ciaron Maher and Brian McGuire

Inglis: Strong sale for vendors

Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said the sale so far had given some great results for vendors.

"It’s quite clear that anyone who held back a nice horse for this sale has been well rewarded. There's plenty of examples of nice types going through without the big pedigrees that are selling really well," he said.

"There a good number of people trying to buy here and at the top end, they are finding it hard to buy."

"For me it’s a good sign that there is plenty of demand at this time of year in terms of potential buyers. In terms of the timing of the sale, it looks that the timing is working. It feels stronger than the Classic sale we’ve just had."

Yulong leads the aggregate for buyers, spending $1.49m so far for eight lots, two more than McEvoy Mitchell Racing, who have spent $1.215m.

Blue Gum Farm have had a bumper couple of days, selling 18 yearlings for a sales leading aggregate of $3.8m, with Gilgai Farm the only vendor eclipsing it on average with nine lots sold at an average of $260,833.

Book 1 of the sale concludes with the final 120 catalogued lots on Tuesday.

Leaderboards

Top vendors by average (3 or more sold)

Blue Gum Farm, Euroa301826$3,815,000$211,944$575,000$145,000
Supreme Thoroughbreds, Romsey302121$2,521,000$120,048$370,000$100,000
Gilgai Farm, Nagambie16902$2,347,500$260,833$675,000$150,000
Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington161131$2,075,000$188,636$380,000$160,000
Woodside Park Stud, Tylden151202$1,795,000$149,583$380,000$127,500
Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW191121$1,621,000$147,364$800,000$50,000
Maluka Thoroughbreds, Kilmore251251$1,310,000$109,167$310,000$80,000
Sun Stud, Kerrie14713$1,243,000$177,571$320,000$200,000
Goldin Farms, Angaston, SA111001$937,000$93,700$200,000$100,000
Edinburgh Park Stud, Wingham, NSW6510$890,000$178,000$320,000$120,000
Daisy Hill, Doreen8520$824,000$164,800$425,000$120,000
Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Buckley261063$800,000$80,000$140,000$75,000
Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre221083$717,000$71,700$160,000$52,500
Two Bays Farm, Flinders11620$697,000$116,167$310,000$92,500
Ampulla Lodge, Bunyip7500$685,000$137,000$210,000$135,000
Fernrigg Farm, Denman, NSW10521$680,000$136,000$250,000$110,000
Princess Park Thoroughbred Farm, Nagambie13530$670,000$134,000$180,000$140,000
Rushton Park, Tatura11703$660,000$94,286$200,000$80,000
Shadowbrook Bloodstock, Cannons Creek6510$655,000$131,000$300,000$90,000
Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA11521$595,000$119,000$180,000$110,000

Top vendors by aggregate

Blue Gum Farm, Euroa301826$3,815,000$211,944$575,000$145,000
Supreme Thoroughbreds, Romsey302121$2,521,000$120,048$370,000$100,000
Gilgai Farm, Nagambie16902$2,347,500$260,833$675,000$150,000
Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington161131$2,075,000$188,636$380,000$160,000
Woodside Park Stud, Tylden151202$1,795,000$149,583$380,000$127,500
Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW191121$1,621,000$147,364$800,000$50,000
Maluka Thoroughbreds, Kilmore251251$1,310,000$109,167$310,000$80,000
Sun Stud, Kerrie14713$1,243,000$177,571$320,000$200,000
Goldin Farms, Angaston, SA111001$937,000$93,700$200,000$100,000
Edinburgh Park Stud, Wingham, NSW6510$890,000$178,000$320,000$120,000
Daisy Hill, Doreen8520$824,000$164,800$425,000$120,000
Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Buckley261063$800,000$80,000$140,000$75,000
Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre221083$717,000$71,700$160,000$52,500
Two Bays Farm, Flinders11620$697,000$116,167$310,000$92,500
Ampulla Lodge, Bunyip7500$685,000$137,000$210,000$135,000
Fernrigg Farm, Denman, NSW10521$680,000$136,000$250,000$110,000
Princess Park Thoroughbred Farm, Nagambie13530$670,000$134,000$180,000$140,000
Rushton Park, Tatura11703$660,000$94,286$200,000$80,000
Shadowbrook Bloodstock, Cannons Creek6510$655,000$131,000$300,000$90,000
Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA11521$595,000$119,000$180,000$110,000

Top buyers

Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty LtdVIC8$1,490,000$186,250$420,000$132,500
McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty LtdSA6$1,215,000$202,500$300,000$215,000
John Foote BloodstockHONG KONG3$880,000$293,333$540,000$210,000
Orbis Bloodstock Pty LtdVIC1$800,000$800,000$800,000$800,000
Hermitage Thoroughbreds Pty LtdNSW4$780,000$195,000$380,000$170,000
Ciaron Maher RacingVIC3$755,000$251,667$575,000$100,000
International Thoroughbred SolutionsVIC1$675,000$675,000$675,000$675,000
M G Price Racing & Breeding Pty LtdVIC4$600,000$150,000$380,000$95,000
The Hong Kong Jockey ClubHONG KONG2$580,000$290,000$380,000$290,000
Robbie Griffiths Racing / Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA)VIC8$577,000$72,125$120,000$75,000
Frontier BloodstockNEW ZEALAND3$555,000$185,000$370,000$110,000
Upper Bloodstock Pty LtdHONG KONG1$520,000$520,000$520,000$520,000
J KennedyVIC4$502,000$125,500$180,000$135,000
Spicer Thoroughbreds Pty LtdVIC4$500,000$125,000$260,000$100,000
Bahen Bloodstock LtdHONG KONG4$495,000$123,750$220,000$127,500
Ciaron Maher Bloodstock / John Foote BloodstockVIC2$470,000$235,000$320,000$235,000
Henry Dwyer RacingVIC4$452,000$113,000$200,000$110,000
Mark Pilkington Management / Busuttin RacingVIC1$450,000$450,000$450,000$450,000
Bahen Bloodstock Ltd / Laming RacingVIC2$445,000$222,500$310,000$222,500
Rifa MustangVIC1$425,000$425,000$425,000$425,000

Top sires by average (3 or more sold)

I Am Invincible10312$1,080,000$360,000$380,000$370,000
Brazen Beau241431$4,060,000$290,000$800,000$215,000
Fastnet Rock6411$870,000$217,500$300,000$207,500
Exceed and Excel5311$620,000$206,667$380,000$150,000
Teofilo (IRE)7410$800,000$200,000$310,000$200,000
Hinchinbrook8310$560,000$186,667$250,000$160,000
Pierro7310$530,000$176,667$250,000$140,000
Sebring12722$1,230,000$175,714$320,000$160,000
Kermadec (NZ)7510$841,000$168,200$520,000$80,000
Dundeel (NZ)10810$1,300,000$162,500$240,000$160,000
Written Tycoon272221$3,440,000$156,364$675,000$135,000
Zoustar12611$830,000$138,333$200,000$140,000
Nicconi11710$965,000$137,857$300,000$120,000
Vancouver191520$2,045,000$136,333$540,000$100,000
Pride of Dubai8601$770,000$128,333$210,000$100,000
Rubick7520$595,000$119,000$170,000$130,000
Toronado (IRE)151011$1,168,000$116,800$310,000$95,000
So You Think (NZ)13712$795,000$113,571$360,000$55,000
Press Statement10411$412,000$103,000$165,000$95,000

Top sires by aggregate

Brazen Beau241431$4,060,000$290,000$800,000$215,000
Written Tycoon272221$3,440,000$156,364$675,000$135,000
Vancouver191520$2,045,000$136,333$540,000$100,000
Dundeel (NZ)10810$1,300,000$162,500$240,000$160,000
Sebring12722$1,230,000$175,714$320,000$160,000
Toronado (IRE)151011$1,168,000$116,800$310,000$95,000
I Am Invincible10312$1,080,000$360,000$380,000$370,000
Nicconi11710$965,000$137,857$300,000$120,000
Akeed Mofeed (GB)111001$937,000$93,700$200,000$100,000
Fastnet Rock6411$870,000$217,500$300,000$207,500
Dissident171041$859,000$85,900$165,000$100,000
Kermadec (NZ)7510$841,000$168,200$520,000$80,000
Zoustar12611$830,000$138,333$200,000$140,000
Teofilo (IRE)7410$800,000$200,000$310,000$200,000
So You Think (NZ)13712$795,000$113,571$360,000$55,000
Pride of Dubai8601$770,000$128,333$210,000$100,000
Deep Field15842$663,000$82,875$200,000$64,000
Exceed and Excel5311$620,000$206,667$380,000$150,000
Rubick7520$595,000$119,000$170,000$130,000