Fastnet Rock kick-starts Inglis Easter Sale

A millionaire Fastnet Rock colt topped Day 1 at the Inglis Easter yearling sale on Tuesday.  He was purchased by James Bester and Demi O’Byrne as part of the Coolmore Stud shopping list that reached $2.58 million during the opening session.

The $1,000,000 colt was bred by Robert and Barbara McClure of Morning Rise Stud from Victoria.  He is from Sydney stakes winning Tale of the Cat mare Catreign and was offered from the draft of Newgate Farm.

Newgate Farm will stand Fastnet Rock sprinter Foxwedge at stud later this year.  He won the G1 MVRC William Reid Stakes last month and his owner Edmund Bateman was back to secure the Encosta de Lago – Amelia’s Dream filly from Edinglassie Stud for $910,000.

Fastnet Rock led the sires list on Tuesday with 14 of his progeny selling at an average of $373,929.  Arrowfield champion Redoute’s Choice was next best with 8 yearlings averaging $370,000.

Northern Meteor heads the first season sires with 5 sold at an average of $161,000.

Buyers parted with $27.42 million for 129 yearlings on Day 1 with plenty of fierce bidding taking place under the famous Moreton Bay Fig.

“The $160,000 median is very similar to that recorded over the last three years, with 55 yearlings selling from $100,000 to $200,000,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said.  “Clients from New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Japan and all over Australia featured on the buyers’ list.”

A further 333 yearlings are set to be offered at Newmarket over the remaining two days of the 96th Inglis Easter Sale.  One of Wednesday’s highlights will be Black Caviar’s half-sister as Lot 200.