A Fastnet Rock colt topped the Inglis Weanling Sale on Monday when Edinburgh Park’s Ian Smith fought off several rivals with a winning bid of $240,000.
The Fastnet Rock foal is from Promptness and was very popular during inspections despite the wet weather. When offered as Lot 71 by Erinvale Thoroughbreds, an opening gambit of $200,000 failed to scare off the opposition before Smith struck the winning blow.
The Foal Sale averaged dipped 2% to $23,380 at an 88% clearance rate for the select session. “The feedback from many vendors indicated the market met their reserves and often exceeded them,” Inglis director Jonathan D’Arcy said.
“Last year’s Weanling Sale topper went on to top our Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and we certainly look forward to re-offering plenty of the pin-hooks from today’s strong offerings at our Select Yearling Sale Series next year.”
Fastnet Rock’s G1 winning son Wanted was hot property with 7 lots changing hands at an average of $82,000. The top priced Wanted was the colt from Aquatint that sold to Eliza Park International for $150,000.
Leading New Zealand pin-hookers Ascot Farm secured the top priced filly going to $120,000 for the Exceed And Excel – She’s Got Gears foal. She was offered by Coolmore Stud.
Other lots to top six figures included Lustre Lodge’s filly by Snitzel from Love’s Here ($115,000) and Coolmore Stud’s colt by High Chaparral from Rodelinda ($100,000).
A number of first crop sires recorded very pleasing results. The progeny of Widden Stud resident Star Witness sold up to $85,000, Coolmore’s Lookin At Lucky up to $47,500 and Starspangledbanner up to $39,000.
Fastnet Rock’s Group 3 winning first season sons Stryker and Hinchinbrook had progeny sell for up to $42,000 and $30,000 respectively.
The Australian Bloodstock Sale will be conducted on Tuesday with a catalogue of 160 broodmares. The Sale will finish with 81 yearlings, unbroken and racing stock including a number of smart performers such as Group 2 winner Pampelonne.