Weanlings offer plethora of pinhooking opportunities

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Inglis’ Weanling Sale has traditionally been a hot bed of pinhooking action and there will be ample opportunities in vibrant times at the Riverside Stables for those in the market to buy now for potential future profit.

The Inglis Australian Weanling and Broodmare Sale opens on Thursday at 10am with an array of young weanling talent on show. The Chairman’s Sale will follow on Friday evening, with race fillies and broodmares to be offered on Sunday and Monday.

“There are people who run their whole business on pin-hooking and this sale offers a genuinely fantastic opportunity to identify quality stock,” Inglis’ General Manager Sales Sebastian Hutch said. “A lot of the hard work has been done by breeders already.”

And following a high level of activity at the stables in the lead-up, expectations are high.

“Inspections around the complex have been busy in the last few days.” - Sebastian Hutch.

“Inspections around the complex have been busy in the last few days,” Hutch said. “Feedback on the foals has been positive.

“There will be plenty of opportunities and, as we have seen in the last number of years, there have been weanlings purchased, not just out of this sale, that have gone to make a very big impression at the yearling sales.

“Pinhookers underpin the market here. Inspections have been strong and vendors are happy,

“We’re very optimistic that people here with nice foals will have the opportunity to sell them all well.”

Inglis General Manager Sales & Bloodstock, Sebastian Hutch

A glance at results from 12 months ago highlights the pinhooking success to be had, most notably when Kenneth Parsons bought a Star Witness filly out of the multiple winner Madam Nash (Flying Spur) for $27,000. She was then on-sold to Orbis Bloodstock for $350,000 at this year’s Classic Sale.

“I usually breed my own, but I’ve had a few goes at it and had a bit of luck,” Parson said. “I’m having another look around this time and see if something jumps out at me.”

“We’re very optimistic that people here with nice foals will have the opportunity to sell them all well.” – Sebastian Hutch.

A half-sister by Rubick to the stakes winner Thrillster (Starspangledbanner) was also secured at this sale last year for $60,000 by McKeever Bloodstock and made $300,000 at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale.

Dengari Lodge was another to cash in handsomely when they outlaid $85,000 for a Dundeel (NZ) youngster and the colt went on to realise $300,000 at Easter.

Likewise, Maluka Thoroughbreds also celebrated when a Hinchinbrook colt was sold for $250,000 at the Premier Sale after sourcing him at the weanling auction for $130,000.

Smart lots on offer

Potential stars of this year's sale include Lot 104, a daughter of I Am Invincible to be presented by Kitchwin Hills and Lot 127, a son of the Triple Crown winner American Pharoah offered by Coolmore.

“Obviously, we’ve got one of the most high profile foals that will go to the market for the last number of years in the I Am Invincible filly out of Srikandi,” Hutch said.

“Those two will be foals that will be of particular interest to those beyond pinhookers.” – Sebastian Hutch.

Lot 104 I Am Invincible x Srikandi

“She’s a filly that will very much attract interest as will the American Pharoah colt out of Triband, the first colt of his to be offered in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Those two will be foals that will be of particular interest to those beyond pinhookers.”

Srikandi (Dubawi {Ire}) won nine races, including the G1 Stradbroke H. and the G1 Tattersall’s Tiara while Triband (Fastnet Rock) was a winner and stakes placed.

Quality stallion representation

Other leading sires including Zoustar, Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Medaglia d’Oro (USA), Lonhro, Hinchinbrook, So You Think (NZ), Pierro, Sebring, Dundeel (NZ), Nicconi, Brazen Beau, Deep Field and Better Than Ready will be represented during the weanling sale.

First crop progeny by the likes of Capitalist, Astern, Extreme Choice, Flying Artie, Shalaa, Maurice (Jpn), Star Turn, Divine Prophet, Winning Rupert, Xtravagant (NZ), Territories, Mikki Isle (Jpn), Sooboog, Stratum Star and Odyssey Moon will be offered.

The first weanlings by G1 Golden Slipper winner Capitalist will be on offer

The broodmare sale has also been heavily supported by vendors

“Year after year it represents fantastic opportunities for people to buy value mares,” Hutch said.

“People do the work and they’ll find plenty of gems buried away in the catalogue.” – Sebastian Hutch.

“Obviously, there are a number of high profile mares in the Chairman’s Sale, but the Australian Broodmare Sale offers plenty of mares in foal on good covers.

“People often then re-offer weanlings from those pregnancies next year or into the yearling sales and do very well out of it.

“Do the work and they’ll find plenty of gems buried away in the catalogue.”

Mares in foal to notable stallions such as I Am Invincible, Sebring, Lonhro, So You Think (NZ), Dundeel (NZ), Brazen Beau, Deep Field, Nicconi, Capitalist, Better Than Ready and Rubick will be offered as well as first season covering sires including Russian Revolution, Merchant Navy, Hellbent, Invader, Caravaggio (USA), Churchill (Ire), Ribchester (Ire), Pariah, Impending, Highland Reel Ire), Jukebox, Menari, Spieth and Tosen Stardom (Jpn).