Inclement weather has disrupted inspections for the Inglis Great Southern Sale but the first foals of Fighting Sun stood out in the gloomy conditions at Oaklands Junction on Thursday.
Sun Stud’s Adam Henry and Phil Marshall are confident Fighting Sun’s weanlings will elicit the same response from buyers as they did at the Magic Millions National Sale last month. “He had 7 foals on the Gold Coast and they all sold for an average of $49,000,” Henry said. “There are another 11 here and our filly comes up early on Monday morning.”
Fighting Sun’s sole Sun Stud entry is from Cardannic (Lot 207), a Bel Esprit half-sister to G3 Adelaide Guineas winner Cahuita.
Apart from his home-base filly, Fighting Sun has foals from leading local vendors like Maluka Thoroughbreds, Phoenix Broodmare Farm, Hillside Thoroughbreds and Two Bays Farm.
The Maluka colt from NZ bred mare Miss Apps (Lot 47) impressed Marshall. He’s a half-brother to four winners and is related to Champion Singapore Sprinter Zac Spirit.
Fighting Sun was a Randwick 2yo stakes-winner by ill-fated sire Northern Meteor and there are 89 foals from his first crop conceived off a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.
“He stays at the same fee and the numbers have been better again this year,” Henry said. “We also received plenty of bookings to Ready For Victory at the Magic Millions. We think he’s tremendous value at $9,900 and so do breeders.”
Ready For Victory (More Than Ready) was a stakes winner on debut at Flemington before an unlucky fourth in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes. He was injured as a spring three year-old but was still good enough to finish third in the G1 Caulfield Guineas.