Spirited bidding ensured premium prices for top foals at the Inglis Great Southern Sale this week.
Sunday’s Top 10 buying-bench included four FBAA members and topping them was Randwick Bloodstock Agency with $165,000 for a Written Tycoon filly from Woodside Park. She is a sister to Diamond Baroness who won at Flemington in January and signed off her last prep with minor money in the VOBIS Gold Bracelet and VOBIS Gold Distaff.
“She’s quite a strong filly by a good two-year-old stallion,” RBA agent Steve O’Connor said. “Written Tycoon is very much the flavour of the month and she really fits the mould of a mature early type.”
Next on the FBAA leader-board was the Street Boss – Selecting chestnut colt purchased by Blue Sky Bloodstock for $150,000. His dam is a half-sister to Group 1 winners Pantani (South Australian Derby) and St Basil (Stradbroke Hcp).
“A lovely colt presented by Rushton Park,” Blue Sky’s Julian Blaxland said. “He will be a beauty by the time the owners re-offer him as a yearling.”
Pinhook Bloodstock struck with $120,000 for a So You Think colt on behalf of Fernrigg Farm during Monday’s second session. “That’s a nice afternoon’s work,” Dave Mee tweeted. “He’s from a sister to Group 1 winner Holler.”
Sheamus Mills struck early with three bargain-buys for Nagambie-based Princess Farm. First off the mark was the $27,000 Artie Schiller colt that paraded as Lot 1. “There are a lot of nice horses here,” Mills said. “The Artie Schiller is a cracking type and looks to have the most improvement of our foals in the next 12 months.”
SMB bought a Reset – Polar filly from Burnewang North for $32,000. She’s from the immediate family of G1 Doncaster Hcp Skating and her Group 1 descendants Vancouver & Juste Momente. “I loved the depth of this filly’s pedigree,” Mills added. “And Reset is a foolproof stallion.”
The Dawn Approach filly for Princess Park cost $44,000. Her dam Big Birdie is a daughter of Exceed And Excel and Champion NZ 2YO One Under (Volksraad). “She’s the spitting image of those good Exceed And Excel fillies,” Mills explained. “And her Sizzling yearling made $180,000 at the Magic Millions in January.”
Top price among the 10 SMB buys was the Fighting Sun half-brother to Flemington stakes winner Silver Bullion. He was knocked down for $90,000 from the draft of Romsey nursery Springmount Farm.
The total foal spend of FBAA members was $1.46 million at Oaklands.
Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) was formed in 1988 to maintain, improve and develop the standards, status and services of bloodstock agents throughout Australia. Its members operate with the utmost integrity and professionalism and are bound by the strict Industry Code of Conduct.
The list of FBAA members can be viewed at: www.bloodstockagents.com.au