Figures Up After Easter Fortnight

A fortnight of selling at Inglis’s Riverside Stables in Sydney drew to a close on Tuesday with the third and final session of the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale. Topping trade on Tuesday was the 4-year-old Snitzel (Aus) mare Wilcannia (Aus) (lot 510), who was bought by Boomer Bloodstock and Daandine Stud carrying her first foal, which is a member of the first crop of Flying Artie (Aus). Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock also teamed with Daandine to buy the dam of the 2016 G1 Golden Slipper winner Capitalist (Aus) (Written Tycoon {Aus}) at auction in 2012.

Wilcannia was consigned by Olly and Amber Tait’s Twin Hills Stud as part of its first public consignment. Twin Hills, which also last week announced it would add proven sire Smart Missile (Aus) to its roster next year alongside Odyssey Moon (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}), enjoyed a perfect four-for-four clearance rate at the sale. Olly Tait said, “The Snitzel was a lovely mare and she had a good profile, there was plenty of competition for her so we were thrilled to get that amount for her. I think she’s going to Queensland so I wish them the very best of luck. We’ve sold some, we’ve bought some, the business always keeps moving and we have to keep investing.”

Paul Fudge of Waratah Thoroughbreds was dispersing his breeding stock at Inglis this week, and John Freyer took advantage when scooping up the three-time winner Tap This (Tapit) (lot 474) for A$165,000. The daughter of the stakes-winning Stormy Publisher (Arg) (Bernstein) is barren after being covered by Air Force Blue in her first season at stud last year.

In the same situation was Windradyne (GB) (Sepoy {Aus}) (lot 512), who was barren after being covered by Fastnet Rock (Aus) in her first season last year. The soon-to-be 4-year-old has some good genes to gamble on, however, being a half-sister to the champion sprinter Sole Power (GB) (Kyllachy {GB}) and two other stakes horses. She was a 550,000gns buyback as a Tattersalls October Yearling and was picked up by Randwick Bloodstock Agency for A$140,000 on Tuesday.

The Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale closed with 471 lots sold for an average of A$30,613, a clearance rate of 80% and a gross of A$14,418,550.

With the conclusion of the Easter period of sales, A$277,496,400 has been traded at Inglis sales thus far in 2018, up 9.25% from this stage last year. Of that, A$235,370,000 has been traded in the yearling market, up 11% on last year.

Article by the Thoroughbred Daily News, Wednesday 18th April, 2018