Contract Racing tops Melbourne Sale

Last start Caulfield placegetter Palace Tycoon has topped the 2016 Inglis August Sale making $90,000 from the draft of David and Jenny Moodie’s Contract Racing.

Palace Tycoon (Testa Rossa) was one of 174 lots sold at Friday’s auction, where more than $2.01 million was traded across the breeding and racing stock offered.

Contract Racing sold three of the top four lots with Medaglia D’Oro mare Miss Cooper selling for $72,500 to Cornerstone Stud and Encosta de Lago mare Elsedine purchased by Three Fillies Lodge for $65,000.

Robert Roulston Bloodstock bought Lonhro mare Wingstack for $70,000 from GSA Bloodstock, while Darby Racing purchased the top of Godolphin’s draft when going to $62,000 for Foxwhistle, a daughter of Authorized.

Well related five-year-old mare Star Hunter topped the broodmare section when selling to the China Horse Club for $57,000.  Out of Group 2 winning Flying Spur mare Ponton Flyer, Star Hunter is a half-sister to stakes winners Black Vanquish and Minnesota Shark.

The sale following a parade of six Victorian first season sires; Dandino, Late Charge, Nostradamus, Ready For Victory, Rock Sturdy and Trust In A Gust.

It was the second time Trust In A Gust has graced the sale ring at Oaklands, as the dual Group 1 winner was sold to his champion trainer Darren Weir for $45,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in 2012.