Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) was the benchmark for buyers at the Inglis Classic Sale with 15 yearlings costing more than $1.58 million.
Blaxland purchased the last yearling to change hands at the Classic Sale on Monday afternoon and then found a fast-lane to Randwick racecourse in time to watch Frolic win the $250,000 Inglis Classic (1200m).
Blue Sky bought Frolic (Husson) for $100,000 at the 2016 Classic Sale on behalf of owner Tom Kelly and trainer Michael Freedman. “She has a great turn of foot,” Freedman said. “She will be better at 1400m to a mile and there might be a nice race for her over The Championships.”
Top of Blaxland’s spend this year was the $300,000 I Am Invincible – Aroha Cat colt for Aquis Farm and Tony McEvoy. He also paid $200,000 for a Sebring – Foible colt that Aquis owners Tony and Justin Fung will race with Tony Gollan.
Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Craig Rounsefell paid $360,000 for an I Am Invincible – Family Crest colt during the Gold Riband Session on Saturday night.
“On type, she’s the best I Am Invincible I’ve seen this year,” Rounsefell declared. “She’s from a good family and everything was where it should be. Fortunately, I had the right client in Peter Murray to go strong and secure the filly”
Rounsefell also bought colts by Foxwedge & Stryker and fillies by Smart Missile & Uncle Mo for leading Perth trainer Lindsey Smith.
The quartet averaged $68,500 and will follow last week’s Bunbury winner Bounce Down to WA. Boomer bought the Reward For Effort filly for Smith at the 2015 Inglis Premier in Melbourne.
Rounsefell’s 2016 Classic Sale graduate Sweet Deal (Casino Prince) was runner-up to Frolic in the Inglis Classic on Monday.
Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA) combined with Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths for colts by Magnus ($125,000) and Foxwedge ($52,000) while Pinhook Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Dave Mee also targeted a Foxwedge colt ($30,000) and Starspangledbanner filly ($32,500).
Noel Carter’s Commercial Bloodstock (FBAA) doubled up for a Bullet Train colt ($22,000) and Myboycharlie filly ($20,000). Carter’s Perth Magic Millions graduate Faulty (Demerit) won at Ascot last week.
FBAA members with one-off buys included Mark Pilkington Management (Hinchinbrook colt / $80,000), DGR Thoroughbreds (Camelot colt / $85,000), Bluegrass Bloodstock (Sebring filly / $90,000) & Astute Bloodstock (Stratum filly / $50,000).
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