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News Girl secured by Two Bays Farm for Digital Sale-topping $375,000

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Written by Bren O'Brien

Multiple stakes placegetter News Girl (Magnus) has topped the Inglis September (Early) Online Sale, with Two Bays Farm purchasing the 6-year-old mare for $375,000.

News Girl won five of her 18 races for her trainer Geoff Duryea, earning nearly $340,000 in prizemoney for her ownership. She recently suffered a career-ending injury and was offered as a broodmare prospect.

News Girl (lime green cap)

Her best race performances saw her finish runner-up in the G3 Kevin Hayes S. and G3 Bellmaine S. while she won three races at Caulfield.

A decision on which stallion News Girl will soon visit is yet to be finalised, but Two Bays’ Ross Ferris suggested Newgate's Deep Field was the most likely suitor.

“She’s a mare whose progeny will be highly admired by trainers and the racing public alike, no matter who she ends up being served by,’’ Ferris said.

“She’s been an outstanding race mare, a 97 rater, was competitive in literally every race she contested, was a mare with a fast cruising speed, was front running, raced in very good company most of the time and always did herself and her owners proud. They’re all highly admirable traits.

“We bought the mare sight unseen physically, we went off the recommendation of (Inglis Victorian Bloodstock Manager) James Price largely, I mean we’d seen all of her races and the photos online and the promotional videos Inglis did ahead of the Sale but we’ve had to rely on good judges and the Inglis team – in particular James – and their comments on the mare.’’

Bred by the Duryea family, she is a sister to Listed winner Front Page and is out of Bel Esprit mare, Stacey Lee, who is in turn a daughter of stakes-placed Curio Jade (Varick {USA}).

“She’s a bloody ripper but the time comes, especially with a syndicate horse, that you need to sell and we couldn’t be happier with the result,’’ Geoff Duryea said.

“We had a lot of offers privately for her and knocked back $300,000 just the other day because we believed she was a better mare than that."

Meanwhile, multiple stakes-winning mare Chintz (NZ) (Savabeel), the dam of Group 2 winner Not An Option (Not A Single Doubt), was secured by Cunningham Thoroughbreds and Clarke Bloodstock for $235,000.

Chintz (NZ)

The broodmare, a winner of the G2 Rich Hill Mile and G3 Westbury Classic, is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Chenille (NZ) (Pentire {GB}). She was offered by Segenhoe Stud on behalf of Aquis, who purchased her privately and sent her to the United States, where she produced a colt by Curlin (USA).

The blood-sister to recent G1 Winx S., winner Mo'unga (NZ) (Savabeel) recently returned to Australia and will continue her breeding career at Ridgmont Farm, where the Cunninghams keep their broodmares.

Both of her foals to the track, Our Girl Sniti (Snitzel) and Not An Option have been winners, with the Cambridge Stud-owned Not An Option a winner of the G2 Wakefield Challenge S. for Tony Pike before recently transferring to the stables of Michael Moroney.

“The obvious one for us is to go to a son of Not A Single Doubt which would make that foal a three quarter to Not An Option, who is already a Group 2 winner, so down a Farnan or Anders route but we haven’t got that far yet to be honest. Even proven stallions like So You Think or Pierro are good options but we’ll make the call in the next day or two,’’ Mitch Cunningham said.

“She’s an outcross to Danehill and there’s plenty of upside with the family so we have plenty of options there."

In other auction results, Cranton Bloodstock stepped up to purchase recent metropolitan winner Libiamo (Written Tycoon) for $150,000.

Libiamo (red cap) | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

The 3-year-old Grahame Begg-trained filly, who won on debut in July, bled at her most recent start and was retired. She was offered as a broodmare prospect through the Sale.

A $170,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale purchase, Libiamo is out of Group 3-winning mare Fine Bubbles (Casino Prince), who has also produced G3 Breeders' Plate placegetter Covert Ops (I Am Invincible). Her extended family includes The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes and multiple Group 1 winner In Her Time (Time Thief).

Unraced Darby Racing owned 3-year-old Brooke's Edge (Hinchinbrook) was purchased by Edinburgh Park for $140,000.

Brooke's Edge

She is the half-sister to G3 Gimcrack S. and G2 Light Fingers S. winner Every Rose (Choisir), who will be offered by Darby Racing through a standalone Inglis Digital Sale later this week.

Heroess (Snitzel), the first foal of multiple Group 1-winning mare Srikandi (Dubawi {Ire}) was purchased by Kitchwin Hills for $130,000.

Heroess, a $400,000 purchase for Andrew Williams through the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where she was offered by Kitchwin Hills, has won one of her four starts for Peter and Paul Snowden.

She was offered as a racing and breeding prospect due to the dissolution of a racing partnership.

Gallery of some of the purchases from the Inglis September Online Sale

Also selling for $130,000 was Kansino (Zoffany {Ire}), the three-time winning half-sister to Invincible Star (I Am Invincible).

The 5-year-old mare, who was purchased by Ciaron Maher, Peter Moody and Wylie Dalziel for $80,000 as a yearling, has had 17 starts for Maher and David Eustace, but bowed a tendon.

The daughter of Zoffany (Ire) was secured by Bell View Park Stud.

The top-priced gelding in the Sale was Yulong Captain (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who has won four of his 21 starts, including a 2400-metre race at Swan Hill last month for Lindsay Park.

The Racing League snapped up the 6-year-old import from Yulong Investments for $121,000.

The Sale grossed $5,310,950 at a clearance rate of 81 per cent.

News Girl
Inglis Digital
Two Bays Farm
Cunningham Thoroughbreds
Brooke's Edge