Peggy Jean Wins Group One Sires’ Produce

Peggy Jean continued the successful run in big races of National Weanling Sale graduates when she won Saturday’s Group One ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick.

In becoming the first Group One winner for her sire Myboycharlie as well as Sydney based syndication company Triple Crown, Peggy Jean led home a 1-2 finish for graduates of a Magic Millions sale.

Peggy Jean had to pull out everything to wear down and edge ahead of Paul Perry’s gallant youngster Scratch Me Lucky to win the 1400 metre feature and send her residual broodmare value soaring.

Bred by Tony “Tubba” Williams and his wife Sue in New South Wales, Peggy Jean was originally sold through the Donnybrook Estates draft for $25,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

The filly caught the eye of leading Melbourne based bloodstock agent Damon Gabbedy and he signed for the filly under his Belmont Bloodstock Agency banner after being re-sold as a yearling Peggy Jean would join the Gerald Ryan stable.

The runner-up Scratch Me Lucky was purchased by Perry for $240,000 through the draft of Turangga Farm at last year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Peggy Jean is one of three stakes winners for her sire, Danetime’s Prix Morny winning son Myboycharlie.

Before her historic win on Saturday the previous feature winner for the sire was Charlie Boy – a Group Two winner of the Danehill Stakes – another Magic Millions graduate and another syndicate success story for Triple Crown.

Records Conclude A First Class Inglis Easter Sale

The 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale has concluded with a first class 83% clearance rate in Session I and records eclipsed in Session II thanks to a diverse buying bench competing on top quality yearlings by a wide variety of sires.

“We are very pleased to see the overall combined gross from Session I and II on par with last year at nearly $91 million. Vendors must be congratulated on presenting their drafts in such great order. Buyers were here to pick out the best of the best and we look forward to these Easter graduates hitting the racetracks around the globe in the coming years,” said Inglis’ Managing Director Mark Webster.

326 yearlings from Session I have been sold at an average of $252,873. The 83% clearance rate is the best since the all-time highs of 2008.

A new record Session II average of $94,922 has been set this afternoon, with 83 lots sold at a clearance rate of 77% – well above last year’s figures.

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Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan secured the top priced lot on the final day of the Easter Sale when going to $1,300,000 to purchase Lot 403 – a colt by Fastnet Rock from Gimcrack Stakes winner Defiant Dame that was offered from the draft of Coolmore Stud.

The second highest price of the day was set in a record breaking Session II when Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum outbid George Moore to secure the half-brother to Golden Slipper winner Mossfun for $750,000. The colt by Magic Albert was offered by Fairview Park Stud as Lot 523 and sets a new record price for a yearling in Easter Session II.

For the second year in a row Shadwell Australasia’s agent Angus Gold has been the busiest of buyers at Easter spending $8,085,000 on 20 yearlings over the last three days. Shadwell’s buys from 2013 already include two-year-old winners Banadeer, Majmu, Tawteen and Qawaasem.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum purchased five lots for $4,375,000, while Hawkes Racing bought nine yearlings for $3,330,000.

Other buyers to spend $2,000,000 or more at this year’s sale were New Zealand agent Dean Hawthorne (11 yearlings for $2,685,000), Hong Kong agent George Moore (six lots for $2,390,000), Hong Kong Jockey Club (seven for $2,170,000), Gai Waterhouse/ James Harron / Round Table Racing (11 yearlings for $2,105,000) and John Warren/China Horse Club (four lots for $2,040,000).

41 yearlings by Fastnet Rock changed hands for over $15,485,000 in Session One, but the super sire was unable to replicate last year’s record average. His progeny still sold extremely well at an average price of $377,683.

Street Cry finished 2014 Easter as the leading sire by average (3 or more sold) with 10 yearlings selling at an average of $465,500. Next were Redoute’s Choice (22 sold at average of $380,909), Fastnet Rock (41 at $377,683), Choisir (four at $367,500), Snitzel (13 at $310,385), More Than Ready (30 at $278,167), Northern Meteor (24 at $249,479), Exceed And Excel (20 at $246,500), Magic Albert (five at $232,000) and Medaglia d’Oro (seven at $231,786).

Horses passed in at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale are available for purchase via the Inglis Make-An-Offer Service.

Coolmore Stud sold both the overall sale topper and today’s top priced yearling. The professional Jerry’s Plains operation finished at the top of the leading vendors list having sold 29 of their 32 yearlings for $9,180,000.

Arrowfield Stud (26 sold for $7,610,000), Widden Stud (30 for $6,545,000), Kia-Ora Stud (16 for $295,938) and Kitchwin Hills (19 for $3,350,000) round out the top five vendors by aggregate.

Cressfield Stud, Segenhoe Stud and Tyreel Stud finished Session One as the leading vendors by average (3 or more sold), recording averages of $583,333, $440,000 and $431,667 respectively.

Complete sale, vendor, buyer and sire statistics for the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale can be viewed at www.inglis.com.au

Clearance Rate Up To 81% At Inglis Easter

Strong competition from Australia and abroad continued at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney on Wednesday, with the overall clearance of 81% the best at the end of Day Two in over five years.

“We are very pleased to see the progeny of a variety of stallions selling well and such a diverse local and international buying bench competing here at Newmarket,” said Mark Webster, Inglis’ Managing Director.

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Emirates Park and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum combined to take home the top lot on Day Two last year, and they took the spoils again today. The partnership went to $1,500,000 to purchase the Street Cry x Star on High colt (Lot 224) from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Hong Kong bloodstock agent George Moore, who bought HK Classic Mile winner Able Friend from Easter in 2012, went to $1,000,000 today to secure Lot 307 – a colt by Exceed And Excel from the family of Golden Slipper winner Mossfun. The colt was offered by Kia-Ora Stud.

28 yearlings have been sold for $500,000 or more across the first two days of the 2014 Easter Yearling Sale. The nine different sires of those lots include Fastnet Rock, Street Cry (IRE), Snitzel, Lonhro, Redoute’s Choice, More Than Ready (USA), Exceed And Excel, O’Reilly (NZ) and Tapit (USA).

Street Cry leads the sires by average (for 3 or more lots sold) with eight of his progeny selling at an average of $520,625, followed by Snitzel, Choisir, Redoute’s Choice, Fastnet Rock and More Than Ready.

Horses passed in during today’s session are available for sale via the Inglis Make-An-Offer Service.

Cressfield lead the vendors by average (3 or more sold) having sold three lots at an average of $583,333. Segenhoe Stud, under the new ownership of Kevin Maloney, sit second having sold five yearlings at an average of $448,000 so far.

Complete sale, vendor, buyer and sire statistics for the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale can be viewed at www.inglis.com.au

The third and final day of the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale starts at 10:30am tomorrow, Thursday 10 April. The remaining Session One lots (369 to 437) will be offered first before Session Two (Lots 435 to 550) and Lauriston Farm Supplementary entries (Lots 551 to 555).

All the live sale ring action can be viewed online via Inglis Sale Day Live. Online Bidding will be available for buyers not able to make it to Newmarket.

Positive Start To The Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale

Local, interstate and overseas buyers converged on Sydney for a positive opening day to the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale snapping up 124 of Australasia’s finest bred and conformed young thoroughbreds.

“Competition in the ring has been fantastic. Buyers recognise that year on year Easter rolls out champions on the racetrack and in the breeding barn, and they come back to buy the next generation – it’s a well-known and proven formula,” said Inglis’ Managing Director Mark Webster.

John Warren took home the top priced yearling today when going to $1,600,000 to secure the Fastnet Rock colt from Alinghi’s sister Perfect Persuasion that was offered by Coolmore Stud as Lot 149.

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The $200,000 median today is on par with the opening day of the 2013 Easter Sale, but the clearance rate of 74% is higher than that recorded at the end of Day One last year.

There were plenty of records set today though, with new highs for a colt by Snitzel and a filly by Lonhro at a yearling auction.

The new record auction price for a yearling by Snitzel was set when Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum outbid James Harron as well as John Warren and the China Horse Club to buy Lot 118. Offered by Arrowfield Stud the brother to Group 1 winner Snitzerland (Snitzel x Monte Rosa) was eventually knocked down for $1,500,000.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum also secured the third highest priced yearling today going to $1,050,000 to buy Lot 127, a filly by Street Cry from Munhro that was offered from the draft of Segenhoe Stud. In all Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum bought four yearlings for $3,625,000 today.

Both the trainers and owners of Golden Slipper winning Easter graduate Mossfun were strong on the opening day of this year’s sale.

Hawkes Racing purchased three yearlings for $1,370,000 including an even $1,000,000 for Coolmore Stud’s filly by Fastnet Rock from Hips Don’t Lie (Lot 42).

Emirates Park, which bought Mossfun for just $85,000 last year, picked up Little Avondale Stud’s filly by Pins from Kumari (Lot 74) for $410,000.

A new record price was set for a Lonhro yearling at auction amongst today’s action when John Moynihan of the USA out bid Shadwell Stud’s Angus Gold to purchase Turangga Farm’s filly from Midnight Joy (Lot 105) for $840,000. The Lonhro filly and Lot 38, a Fastnet Rock filly bought by Spendthrift Farm USA for $400,000, will both stay to be raced in Australia.

Shadwell Stud took home South Africa’s two most exciting juveniles Banadeer and Majmu from last year’s Easter Sale and Angus Gold was strong again today purchasing seven lots for $3,235,000.

Trainers, agents and syndicators from all over Australia were active today including Mark Kavanagh, Danny O’Brien, Peter Moody, Sam Kavanagh, Mick Price, Edwards Elkington Racing, Bjorn Baker, Anthony Cummings, Gai Waterhouse, Round Table Racing, Boomer Bloodstock, Snowden Racing, John Chalmers Bloodstock, Dynamic Syndications, Triple Crown Bloodstock, Snowden Racing and many more.

Overseas clients that purchased on Day One included buyers from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

“There is such as broad range of owners, trainers, agents and syndicators all here at Newmarket, making for some great bidding duels over the cream of Australasia’s yearling crop yet again,” added Webster.

Horses passed in during today’s session are available for sale via the Inglis Make-An-Offer Service.

Complete vendor, buyer and sire statistics for today’s session can be viewed at www.inglis.com.au

Rupee’s on the money for The Championships

It’s a vintage edition of a great race in an era of superstar sprinters – and it’s sure to light up Day One of The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

But gun Victorian jockey Craig Newitt is confident that at his best, favourite Lankan Rupee will be too good in the Group One Darley T.J. Smith Stakes over 1200 metres.

The $2.5 million sprint has attracted a capacity field of 18 plus three emergencies, featuring an incredible 11 Group One winners, including old favourite Buffering, flying mares Snitzerland and Steps in Time, boom colt Zoustar, powerful four-year-old Rebel Dane and the Irish hero Gordon Lord Byron.

But Newitt said: “If the track presents dead to slow, I think the best horse will win and I think he’s it. He’ll be very, very hard to beat. But if it’s worse than that, well, it then becomes a little unknown.

“The horse is going great. He’s trialled on the slow and heavy and been very impressive but obviously it’s totally different raceday, let alone in a Group One.

“He trialled the other day around Randwick on the Kensington Track and never got out of first gear; he was very impressive.”

Some figure drawing the rails alley could be problematic for Lankan Rupee, but not Newitt: “You need to draw well in big fields or it makes your job a lot harder,” he said.

“The big positive out of it is he’s got Buffering drawn two who’ll probably lead and we should just get the nice run in behind him.”

Newitt partnered 2007 Australian Horse of the Year Miss Andretti to five Group One wins plus a Royal Ascot success in the King’s Stand Stakes, but said Lankan Rupee faced different challenges.

“Miss Andretti was the dominant sprinter of her time,” Newitt said. “There was only really one horse in her era that could challenge her, and that was Gold Edition.

“But with Lankan Rupee, there are six or seven horses with not a lot separating them, but my bloke just keeps improving.”

Lankan Rupee has strung together an incredible winning run since claiming the Listed Earl Gray Stakes over 1000m at Flemington in November.

The gelding has won the Group Three Kevin Heffernan Stakes and Group Two Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield, followed up by the Group One double of the Oakleigh Plate at the same track and the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.

Newitt said if Lankan Rupee reproduced the form with which he blitzed the field in the Newmarket at his most recent run “I’d be pretty disappointed if he didn’t beat them”.