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                  Yearling Sale


Lot 81 Chestnut Colt - Purrealist - Candelina





Lot 102 Bay Colt - Domesday - Duel Crown



Lot 137 Black or Brown Colt - Sharkbite - Kathleen Mary



Lot 150 Chestnut Colt - Turffontein - Lominata




                      Service Fees 2013

           Redoute’s Choice       $ 137,500 inc GST

           Snitzel                         $ 49,500 inc GST

           Animal Kingdom USA $ 38,500 inc GST

           Not A Single Doubt   $ 33,000 inc GST

           Manhattan Rain         $ 27,500 inc GST

           Smart Missile             $ 22,000 inc GST

          Starcraft   NZ              $ 22,000 inc GST

          Charge Forward         $ 22,000 inc GST

           Gio Ponti     USA         $ 16,500 inc GST

           All American             $ 16,500 inc GST



Inglis Easter Sales

There were no signs of the economy slowing down, at least not at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sales, where all previous records were shattered.

The sale claimed worldwide attention, with a turnover of $84,444.090, an increase of 35 per cent on last year.

This was not a sale for faint hearts; buyers had to dig deep for the yearling of their choice, never more illustrated than with nine lots reaching one million dollars or more.

The sale was dominated by Hunter Valley based sires claiming nine of the top 10 averages.

While Danehill has long gone his sons Redoute’s Choice, Fastnet Rock, and grandson Snitzel, have carried on a magnificent legacy since his passing.

Redoute’s Choice led the way as he has done previously, with his top lot, a half brother to Black Caviar and All Too Hard, realising $5 million, with a total of three lots in the million dollar bracket, his average being $610,385 for 26 lots sold, an aggregate of $15,870,000.

On averages Fastnet Rock was not far away, his top lot from River Dove fell to the bid of Trevor Lobb, for $4 million on behalf of Emirates.

The flavour was really on Fastnet Rock, five of the nine million lots were credited to him, with 39 lots changed hands for $23,120,000, an average of $592,821.

Snitzel was there among the million dollar earners, with a colt from La Bamba falling to the bid of James Harron Bloodstock for $1 million.

The highest aggregate of the sale is credited to Cressfield at Scone, selling five lots for an aggregate of $6.8 million, with an average of $1.360 million.

Leading vendor was Coolmore, selling 38 lots for $9.645 million, an average of $292,273.

Of the Victorian trainers, Moody Racing led the way, purchasing six lots for $2.550 million, including a Fastnet Rock colt, out of the imported Perfect Truth for $1 million.

Mick Price was another prominent Melbourne trainer, he purchased three lots for $465,000, while Mark Kavanagh, almost touched the million buying a Fastnet Rock from Hips Don’t Lie for $900,000.  



The Inglis Easter Yearling catalogue is studded with so many gems on pedigree alone.

It is hard to visualise a better assembly of young horses anywhere is the world chock full of Black Type.

While a lot of interest will be centred on Lot 131, the Redoute’s Choice colt out of Helsinge, a half brother to Black Caviar and All Too Hard.

Lot 319 won’t be lacking any admirers either, the colt by Redoute’s Choice from Scandinavia, both yearlings are so closely bred it is quite remarkable.

Scandavia Custom

 Lot 319



Easter Yearling Sale

On Account Of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds            

           As Agent for Gilgai Farm

         Lot 131 Bay or Brown Colt

   Redoute’s Choice—Helsinge

Half Brother to Black Cavair & All Too Hard

Redoubtes colt Custom 

Picture courtesy of Katrina Partridge photography


Magic Millions Sales


       March 11--13

         Anvil Park

 Filly by Written Tycoon Custom

Lot 289 Bay Filly Written Tycoon--Szarlira


             Kedarona Stud

 Lot 264 Magnus Custom

Lot 264 Bay Filly Magnus—Seto Chiffon

 Lot 296 Decanter Custom

Lot 296 Chestnut Filly Decanter—Tiger Tantrum

 Lot 321 Statue of Liberty Custom

Lot 321 Brown Colt Statue Of Liberty—Alpine Belle

 Lot 328 Danzero Custom

Lot 328 Brown Colt Danzero—Ascension

Lot 413 Custom 

Lot 413 Chestnut Filly Decanter—Molly’s Folly




Inglis Yearling Sale

A Quality Draft

P1020653 Custom

Lot 23 Bay Filly Teafilo-Riona

P1020633 Custom

Lot 258 Brown Filly Encosta De Lago-Best River

P1020647 Custom

Lot 298 Bay Colt Written Tycoon-Classic Surge

P1020641 Custom

Lot 692 Chestnut Filly Strategic-Exocet Miss



There was joy at Banstead Manor last week with the birth of a full brother to the world’s best racehorse, Frankel, who is about to commence his first season as a sire.

Unlike Frankel, a bay, the little fellow is a chestnut with quite a prominent white blaze.

His dam, Kind by Danehill, is also a bay; there is a chestnut in the mix going back a couple of generations.

Since acquired by Prince Khalid Abdullah, Banstead Manor has seen extensive refurbishment and rebuilding under stud manager, Simon Mockridge, a few years ago.

Banstead Manor is an historic property in Newmarket, covers 365 acres where Rainbow Quest and Warning were once resident sires.

P1020601 Custom

Stallion boxes at Banstead Manor


Zizou at Turangga

A few eyebrows were raised when Stuart Ramsay selected Zizou as a sire for his Turangga Stud, at Scone.

Now with just the two crops to race, resulting in two Stakes winners, plus the impressive performance of Everage recently, and with 12 winners to date, the jovial Stuart is not selling out cheaply yet.

Whilst trained by David Hayes, Zizou won just the one race and was placed second five times, had two of those seconds been reversed he would have been much sought after by leading studs.

He ran second to Sleek Chassis in the Blue Diamond Stakes, and second to Forensics in the Golden Slipper Stakes .

Both Zizou and Forensics are from the same family.


Breeding Topics

The Australian Stud Book has released statistics from the 2012 season revealing that Eliza Park had two of the busiest stallions in Victoria last season, in Wanted, covering 180 mares, 7th highest in Australia and Moshe, not far behind with 175mares.

Deputy Keeper of the Stud Book, Jacqueline Stewart, revealed that while figures for the 2012 season are showing a decline compared to 2011, there is still reasons to be upbeat.

To date 20,634 mares have been covered by 622 stallions, a decrease of 8% on last year’s 22,510 coverings.

However, Ms Stewart expects the gap to be narrowed to 5% after, late lodgements and paddock covering reports.

While the breeding industry in Australia has withstood the global economic crisis, more than most countries, and the preceding outbreak of Equine Influenza, which was the beginning of a downward trend in the number of foals produced annually, there is a sufficient number of foals produced each season for racing purposes.

Latest figures show 36 shuttle stallions covered 3,466 mares, or 17% of the 20,634 coverings compared with 4,333, 19%, covered in2011.

441, or 71%, were Australian bred stallions, compared with 67% in 1992 when 2106 stallions covered 29,621 mares.

16 of the top 22 covering stallions were Australian bred, which illustrates the popularity since the pre war era.

There were 65 stallions with more than 100 matings in 2012, compared to 69 in 2011.

46% were covered in NSW, 25% in Vic, (up 1%), 16% in Qld, 9% in WA, 3% S A, and 1% in Tasmania.

Danehill remains a dominant factor with descendants covering 40% of TB mares for 2012, compared to 36% in 2011.

74 sons of Danehill covered 2,204 mares, headed by Fastnet Rock with 208, and the Derby winner, Blackfriars, with 178.

109 grandsons of Danehill covered 5,163 mares, and 7 great grandsons covered 137 mares.


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