Hawkes pair tops the Inglis Digital Sale

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Written by Jessica Owers

Hawkes Racing (as agent) had two horses in the Inglis Digital October (Early) Online Sale this week, and both proved the highest sellers of the 187-horse catalogue. Overmann, a 3-year-old gelding by Hinchinbrook, sold for a Sale-topping $340,000, while 3-year-old gelding Saskatoon (Star Turn) fetched $200,000.

The pair of horses was offered on behalf of prominent owner Alan Bell, in whose colours they had both raced up to their sale.

Overmann was purchased by the Hong Kong-based Jason Leung Bloodstock, while Saskatoon was bought by Mark Pilkington Management Pty Ltd.

Overmann tops

Sale-topper Overmann has had six starts to date, last racing at Kensington in mid-September.

He was fourth on debut late last year, running in behind Coolmore colt Acrobat (Fastnet Rock) in the R. Listed Inglis Nursery. Thereafter, he was fourth and second in races to the likes of Cork Harbour (Snitzel) and Astrologer (Star Turn).

Overmann winning at Rosehill

Overmann’s sole win came in a 2-Year-Old handicap at Rosehill in May when, ridden by Tommy Berry for the Hawkes team, he won by 0.76l to Volcanic Rock (Hinchinbrook), who has since won the Listed Phoenix S. at Eagle Farm. Overmann was unplaced in the G1 Inglis: JJ Atkins S. during the winter, and was third on his seasonal debut this preparation.

All up, the gelding’s run sheet reads a win and two placings from six starts, and he’s won close to $125,000 in prizemoney.

Overmann was a yearling purchase for Hawkes Racing at the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He was bought from the draft of Shadow Hill Thoroughbreds for $180,000, one of 11 by the late Hinchinbrook at that Sale.

He was bred by Ballarat breeder Sean Duke, and he is the second foal from the broodmare Zakayla (GB) (Aqlaam {GB}), who was imported from France in 2014.

Overmann as a yearling.

She was an original purchase by Waratah Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Deauville August Yearling Sale, bought from Oakgrove Stud for €160,000 (AU$252,000) and then imported to Australia.

Zakayla had 12 starts for trainer Robert Smerdon for four wins. She won at Seymour, Ballarat, Caulfield and Mornington before her retirement in 2016, and she was on-sold as a breeding prospect at the 2018 Inglis Sydney Broodmare and Weanling Sale, where Duke picked her up for $112,000.

Since Overmann, the mare has produced two fillies by Ribchester (Ire) and Russian Revolution respectively.

Family ties

On the damside, Overmann comes from one of the stronger Aga Khan families, in particular that of legendary five-time Group 1 winner Zarkava (Ire) (Zaminder {USA}).

The gelding’s dam, Zakayla, is from the Medicean (GB) mare Zarkavean (GB), who was a three-quarter sister to Godolphin stakes winner and stakes producer Emily Bronte (GB) (Machiavellian {USA}).

On the damside, Overmann comes from one of the stronger Aga Khan families, in particular that of legendary five-time Group 1 winner Zarkava.

It’s a family that’s been responsible for multiple Group winners, including Lockwood (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) and Time Prisoner (USA) (Elusive Quality {USA}).

On the sire’s side, Hinchinbrook has got 21 stakes winners to date and, in Hong Kong, he has sired 16 individual winners. Among those is well-credentialled Beat The Clock, who won four Group 1 races for John Size through a glittering career in Hong Kong.

Typhoon trading

Overmann was purchased for Hong Kong clients by Jason Leung, who was sitting out Typhoon Kompasu when bidding closed on the Inglis Digital Sale on Wednesday afternoon.

It was the first time Leung had ever bought a horse from an online platform, and he said it was an interesting experience.

“Usually I buy from the December Stock Sale or Karaka, and I bought a few from the Melbourne Premier Sale this year too,” Leung said. “So this was my first experience with digital, and it was okay. It was quite effective.

“Usually I buy from the December Stock Sale or Karaka, and I bought a few from the Melbourne Premier Sale this year too..... this was my first experience with digital, and it was okay. It was quite effective." - Jason Leung

"All the information was there, but because it was my first time I didn’t know about the experience of being the last bid within the five minutes, and then another five minutes being added.

“This was interesting because I waited for the last 15 minutes to place my first bid, so I needed to wait for the other bidders to see if there was one higher than mine. It took quite a long time, about 30 minutes I think, but that’s fair.”

Leung was very happy with the $330,000 he paid for Overmann.

“The price was really, really attractive, which is a surprise for a 3-year-old horse like him, and he’s also a city winner,” he said. “According to the pedigree and the form, he is a really good buy from this Sale, but he’s still a baby.

"Hong Kong is really competitive, so a horse at three years old is hard to start. We’ll probably wait for the next season with him to be four years old.”

“The price was really, really attractive, which is a surprise for a 3-year-old horse like him, and he’s also a city winner." - Jason Leung

Overmann will head into IRT's care shortly and is likely to fly to Hong Kong in December. Leung said his owners don’t have a trainer lined up just yet.

“My clients haven’t decided which trainer,” he said. “I’ve bought two horses for this syndicate before, and both horses have gone to the same trainer (Me Tsui Yu-sak), but I’m not sure whether they’re going to put this horse to him. Possibly they will.”

Six-figure sales

Saskatoon, meanwhile, fetched the second-highest price of the Digital Sale, selling to Mark Pilkington for $200,000. The 3-year-old gelding by Star Turn presented as an exciting local or overseas prospect, with just one start to his name for a win at Cranbourne in late September.

Saskatoon was purchased by the Hawkes team at the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, one of the seven yearlings that Hawkes Racing picked up at the Sale. They paid $80,000 for him from the draft of Ampulla Lodge.

Saskatoon as a yearling | Image courtesy of Inglis

The gelding is from the Blevic mare Berry Delicious, who was a metropolitan winner during her career for trainer Jason Coyle.

Berry Delicious is a daughter of the Listed WATC Gimcrack S. winner Magic Heaven (Magic Ring {Ire}), while it’s also the family of the Shamus Award filly Sovereign Award, a three-time Group 3 winner.

Both Saskatoon and Overmann were among five horses that sold on Wednesday for six figures.

Saskatoon winning at Cranbourne | Image courtesy of Racing Photos

The others were Hot Spring Gold (Written Tycoon), a 4-year-old gelding that sold to The Racing League for $150,000, Qeyaady (I Am Invincible), a 3-year-old colt that sold from the dispersal of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s stock for $120,000 to EIH Stenning, and Tipperary Lass (Nicconi), who sold to Chatsworth Farm for $105,000.

The highest-selling of the breeding prospects was Lot 170, Laila De Vega (Lope De Vega {Ire}), who also sold to EIH Stenning for $85,000.

The Inglis Digital October (Early) Sale wrapped up with a gross exceeding $2.6 million and a clearance rate of 86 per cent.

Overall, the Inglis online platform has surpassed the $71 million mark this year, with 80 horses having now sold for $100,000 or more across the platform, and 162 since 2018.

"It was another excellent sale, and we are particularly grateful to Alan Bell for his support with a couple of very talented, unexposed prospects,” said Inglis Digital’s Nick Melmeth.

“The interest from South East Asia, Hong Kong in particular, in both of those horses was very taking, and we believe it is an area of the market with significant scope for growth."

The October (Late) Online Sale is now open for entries and will close at midnight (AEDT) on Wednesday, October 20.

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