Quality headlines Inglis Chairman's Sale

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On Friday evening the Inglis Chairman's Sale will take place at a fast and furious pace with a host of outstanding prospects on offer, including seven individual Group 1 winners in the elite 60-strong catalogue.

Inglis General Manager Bloodstock Sales Sebastian Hutch said the sale offered unique opportunities.

“We hope there will be significant interest in a number of mares in the sale. There are extraordinarily rare offerings, a fantastic market with stock of this quality that in any other part of the world just doesn’t get on the market.

“To have it offered at a public auction in Australia offers a great opportunity for investors. We’ll be sure to capitalise on it as best we can to the benefit of our vendors.

“It’s a really fantastic collection of fillies and broodmares with great diversity to the catalogue.” – Sebastian Hutch.

“The book for the Chairman’s has come together exceptionally well. It’s a really fantastic collection of fillies and broodmares with great diversity to the catalogue.

“We were looking to try and put together a select catalogue to satisfy the objectives of major domestic and international investors. We feel we’ve managed to do that.

“We’re appreciative of the support of vendors and we’ve done a lot of work in soliciting interest in the sale.”

Other feature offerings include the dual Group 1 winner Srikandi (Dubawi {Ire}), in foal to American Pharoah as Lot 28 from Kitchwin Hills who will also sell G1 Queensland Oaks winner Eskimo Queen (NZ) (Shinko King {Ire}) as Lot 48 and in foal to Snitzel.

Newgate Farm will offer G1 Thousand Guineas winner Aloisia (NZ) (Azamour {Ire}) as Lot 34, while Lot 18 from Sledmere Stud is the G1 Champagne S. winner Pasadena Girl (NZ) (Savabeel) in foal to Sebring.

G1 Thousand Guineas winner Aloisia will be offered for sale as Lot 34

Lot 52 from Middlebrook Valley Lodge is Inca Lagoon (Hussonet {USA}), the dam of champion Hong Kong Sprinter Ivictory (Mossman) and in foal to Sebring.

“Traditionally the broodmare market in this country is under-pinned by domestic investors.” – Sebastian Hutch.

Hutch doesn’t believe the buying bench will be affected by major international events this weekend, namely the G1 Kentucky Oaks and the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

“We’ve made a conscious effort to make sure the appropriate people are represented at the sale and we’ll be looking at a good sale on Friday night,” he said.

“Traditionally the broodmare market in this country is under-pinned by domestic investors.

“A lot of the people we refer to as international purchasers have Australian-based partners or Australian-based operations.”

Lime Country offer a strong quartet

Lime Country will offer four quality mares in their select draft on Friday evening, including Lot 16, the two-time Group 1 winner and champion Australian filly of her year Norzita, who will be sold in foal to top stallion Snitzel.

“It’s an exciting draft and for four different owners,” Jo Griffin said. “Hopefully, there will be four happy people after the sale, eight counting the buyers.

“Norzita is obviously a jewel of the session and she would be a jewel at any sale. It’s both exciting and a bit upsetting offering her. She’s been at the farm longer than us.”

“Norzita is obviously a jewel of the session and she would be a jewel at any sale.” – Jo Griffin.

She was bred and sold by Cambridge couple Marc and Sarah Devcich through Windsor Park Stud’s draft at the 2011 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales for NZ$200,000 to agent Duncan Ramage.

“She was a particularly good looking yearling, one of the most expensive by the sire at the time and one couldn’t help but have been impressed by her from an early stage,” Ramage said.

“She has made a most promising start as a broodmare and the current mating looks ideal for her.

“Think Big Stud are dispersing their breeding interests after the passing of Dato Tan Chin Nam in late 2018 and Norzita will become somebody else’s opportunity of a legacy in racing.”

“She has made a most promising start as a broodmare and the current mating looks ideal for her.” – Duncan Ramage.

Winner of the G1 Flight S. and the G1 Vinery Stud S., Norzita’s only foal to race is the 3-year-old Carif (So You Think {NZ}). He has won for Peter and Paul Snowden and was runner-up last time against the older horses at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Lime Country's Greg and Jo Griffin

Lot 7 is Longoria (Lujain {USA}), who was successful as a 2-year-old and at stud she has produced the G3 Ottawa S. winner Setsuna (Choisir) and the dual Listed winner Miss Solis (Oratorio {Ire}), dam of the G3 Kindergarten S. winner Paquirri (I Am Invincible).

“She is a very rare commodity having bred two stakes-winning 2-year-olds and the grand-dam of another,” Griffin said.

“She makes a lot of sense for stud masters with a young stallion who they are giving every opportunity to and if Capitalist starts with his first 2-year-olds like certain other stallions have in recent years, the pregnancy she is carrying could develop into a very valuable commodity at the yearling sales in 2021.”

“She is a very rare commodity having bred two stakes-winning 2-year-olds and the grand-dam of another.” - Jo Griffin.

Stakes producer Longoria

Lime Country will also offer the stakes winner Untamed Diamond (Snitzel), Lot 31, while Lot 32 is Waltzing Wodka (Sebring) who is a dual winner and a sister to the Group 2 winners Catch A Fire and Seaburge.

“Untamed Diamond is by Snitzel and that Danehill line can often leave them a little squatter,” Griffin said.

“This mare has got a lot of scope, size and class and a buyer would be confident of her going to the breeding barn and leaving a very good first foal.

“Waltzing Wodka’s dam Polska sold for $1.6 million in 2017 and Catch A Fire sold for $950,000 the same year.

“Waltzing Wodka’s dam Polska sold for $1.6 million in 2017 and Catch A Fire sold for $950,000 the same year.” – Jo Griffin.

“Polska is still a young mare and she’s got a Snitzel on the ground and is back in foal to Snitzel so there’s plenty to come for this family.”