Vendors meet the market at Melbourne Gold Sale

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An excellent clearance rate of 87% highlighted the Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction, with median and average down on the same sale 12 months ago.

At a Glance

>> Clearance rate of 87% is a huge boost on last year where it was 79%

>> For the first time in three years there wasn't a six-figure lot in the sale, with a filly by Dundeel (NZ) offered by Jazcom Thoroughbreds topping the sale at $90,000

>> Average was down on last year at $18,326, compared to $19,265 last year

>> The median also dropped to $11,000, down from $13,000 last year

>> Toronado (Ire), whose Prince of Sussex won the inaugural Vobis Showdown on Saturday, topped the sires list with aggregate sales of $210,000 across his seven sold lots

Filly a Dundeel for Ottobre

The success of Dundeel's (NZ) progeny on the track this season has led to increased demand for his progeny at the yearling sales and Tony Ottobre's Cape Schanck Stud went to $90,000 for Lot 70, his filly out of My Holidaze (Pins) offered by Jazcom Thoroughbreds.

She is a half-sister to the winner Nanita (Not A Single Doubt), with the dam an unraced daughter of the stakes-placed Holidazzle (Flying Spur), while the Group 3 winner Artistry (Shamardal {USA}) also features on the pedigree page.

Ottobre's Cape Schanck Stud have emerged on the buying bench this year and took its 2019 account to eight filly purchases across five sales, for a total just short of $850,000. This filly will be prepared by David Brideoake at Mornington.

“She is very similar in type to Princess Jenni (High Chaparral {Ire}), who we obviously have a massive opinion of,” Ottobre said.

“I went through the catalogue looking for Classic horses and am excited to get this filly. "

“When she was brought out of her box I could hear her walking out and as soon as I saw her I thought that is exactly the classic walk that a stayer possess."

Bendigo-based trainer Shaun Dwyer went to $80,000 for Lot 103, a Street Boss (USA) filly offered by Blue Gum Farm. She is out of the city winner Radar (Exceed and Excel), the three-quarter sister to stakes winner Aerobatics who has already produced the handy pair Intuition (Street Cry {Ire}) and Transmitter (Medaglia D'Oro {USA}).

Blue Gum led all vendors at the sale with all 18 of its yearlings which went through the ring sold for a total of $487,000 and an average of $28,647, while Jazcom also had a 100 per cent clearance rate for $279,000 in total sales.

Shane Nichols secured the top priced colt of the sale, paying $80,000 for Lot 249 by Brazen Beau, offered by Supreme Thoroughbreds. The colt is a half-brother to the Listed winner Cavaloce (Testa Rossa) from a half-sister to Group 1 winner Reactive (Geiger Counter {USA}).

Harris picks up quartet

Mornington trainer Kane Harris was a busy buyer on the day picking up four yearlings including Lot 63, a Wandjina colt out of Miffy (Flying Spur) for $64,000.

Miffy is a sister to Group 1 winning 2-year-old Sleek Chassis from the family which has also produced Group 1 winners Marble Halls and Amphitrite. She has already produced the winner Splitter (Foxwedge) and Moving Target (Testa Rossa).

The colt was offered by Bowness Stud, who had a very busy sale with 19 sold at an aggregate of $260,000.

Harris also paid $50,000 for Lot 36, a Smart Missile colt out of La Camille (Peintre Celebre {USA}), the half-brother to stakes placed Goldstone (Shamardal {USA}) as well as four other winners.

The top-priced colt of the sale, Lot 249 Brazen Beau x Refit

He was the sale's biggest buyer with $132,000 spent, while fellow trainer Matt Laurie spent $116,000 with his three purchases, while Ciaron Maher paid $110,000 for his three.

Vietnamese-based Keyhinge was the most prolific buyer, picking up 11 yearlings for a total of $47,000 and an average of $4273, while Aintree Park was also busy with seven purchases.

Lindsay Park paid the highest price for a yearling by a first-season sire, going to $62,000 for Lot 58, a filly by Darley's Kermadec (NZ) out of Magrosso (Magnus), who is the half-sister to Doubting and Special Edition.

The famous racing operation also picked up Lot 139 by Lauriston Park's Rock Hero for $35,000.

There were seven yearlings sold by Swettenham's Toronado and he led Widden Stud's Shamus Award, who sold 10 for a total of $170,500, in terms of sire aggregate.

Blue Gum's Turffontein led the averages for those stallions who sold more than three with four sold at $30,875 apiece, ahead of Toronado, Smart Missile and Helmet.

Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian was thrilled with the results of the sale.

“The level of interest and participation in the sale has been strong which is really pleasing,” Vivian said.

“We had significant number of individual buyers including a great cross section of Victorian trainers. "

“A lot of the top Victorian trainers were active at today’s sale; Lindsay Park, Maher/Eustace, Mick Price and Mike Moroney just to name a few.

“Further, there has been strong international interest in the sale as well with active buyers from Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Macau. "

“With the VOBIS Raceday yesterday and the success of today’s sale, it really goes to show the exceptional shape of the Victorian breeding industry. "


Top lots overall

70Dundeel (NZ)My HolidazeF$90,000 Cape Schanck StudJazcom Thoroughbreds
103Street Boss (USA)RadarF$80,000 Shaun Dwyer Thoroughbred Racing Pty LtdBlue Gum Farm
249Brazen BeauRefitC$80,000 Shane Nichols RacingSupreme Thoroughbreds
63WandjinaMiffyC$64,000 K HarrisBowness Stud
58Kermadec (NZ)MagrossoC$62,000 Lindsay Park RacingBlue Gum Farm
117Fighting SunRose SyrahC$60,000 Wattle BloodstockBasinghall Farm
257SizzlingAringarosaF$60,000 G LoaderMerton Creek Thoroughbreds
162StrykerVanity SkyC$56,000 P & T TempletonShadow Hill Thoroughbreds
213Toronado (Ire)Classic Jewel F$56,000 First Light RacingSupreme Thoroughbreds
87TurffonteinPaloma BellaC$55,000 S BruntonMane Bloodstock

Top vendors by average (3 or more sold)

Supreme Thoroughbreds1061$203,500 $33,917 $80,000
Blue Gum Farm1817-$487,000 $28,647 $80,000
Basinghall Farm55-$136,000 $27,200 $60,000
Stonehouse Thoroughbreds65-$130,000 $26,000 $50,000
Seco Thoroughbreds532$75,500 $25,167 $52,500
Jazcom Thoroughbreds1212-$279,000 $23,250 $90,000
Flinders Park Stud33-$67,000 $22,333 $38,000
Merton Creek Thoroughbreds641$89,000 $22,250 $60,000
Bombora Downs531$64,000 $21,333 $44,000
Bucklee Farm1312-$233,500 $19,458 $55,000

Top vendors by aggregate

Blue Gum Farm1817-$487,000 $28,647 $80,000
Jazcom Thoroughbreds1212-$279,000 $23,250 $90,000
Bowness Stud21191$260,000 $13,684 $64,000
Bucklee Farm1312-$233,500 $19,458 $55,000
Supreme Thoroughbreds1061$203,500 $33,917 $80,000
Golden Grove Stud159-$159,000 $17,667 $32,000
Basinghall Farm55-$136,000 $27,200 $60,000
Stonehouse Thoroughbreds65-$130,000 $26,000 $50,000
Sun Stud981$91,000 $11,375 $28,000
Merton Creek Thoroughbreds641$89,000 $22,250 $60,000

Top Buyers

K Harris4$33,000 $132,000 $64,000
Matt Laurie Racing3$38,667 $116,000 $42,000
Ciaron Maher Racing3$36,833 $110,500 $52,500
M McBride4$26,250 $105,000 $28,000
Cape Schanck Stud2$50,000 $100,000 $90,000
Lindsay Park Racing2$48,500 $97,000 $62,000
Legends Boodstock3$31,667 $95,000 $40,000
Henry Dwyer Racing4$21,875 $87,500 $40,000
Shane Nichols Racing 1$80,000 $80,000 $80,000
Shaun Dwyer Thoroughbred Racing Pty Ltd1$80,000 $80,000 $80,000

Top sires by aggregate

Toronado (ire)7$210,000 $30,000 $56,000
Shamus Award10$170,500 $17,50$32,000
Turffontein4$123,500 $30,875 $55,000
Fighting Sun6$121,500 $20,250 $60,000
Magnus7$113,000 $16,143 $28,000
Night Of Thunder (Ire)3$106,000 $35,333 $52,000
Warrior's Reward (USA)10$97,750 $9,775 $25,000
Dundeel (NZ)1$90,000 $90,000 $90,000
Written Tycoon2$84,000 $42,000 $50,000