A Snitzel colt topped the Inglis Sydney Classic Winter yearling sale on Sunday when making $100,000 to the bid of Gerald Ryan.
The colt is the first foal of More Than Ready mare Morrego and hails from the family of five-time Group 1 winner Eremein. He was offered by Amarina Farm .
Warwick Farm trainer Matthew Smith purchased the highest priced filly when going to $80,000 for the Zizou – Exclusive Bid youngster from Turangga Farm. The filly is a sister to Zin Zan Eddie who completed a hat-trick at Warwick Farm (2) and Canterbury earlier this year. He is also trained by Smith for owner Frank Cook after realising $65,000 at the 2011 Classic Sale.
The select session of the inaugural Winter Book of the Classic Sale saw 96 lots traded for $1.47 million at an average of $15,372. The clearance rate was 74%.
“Despite what was arguably the wettest 48 hours of the year, plenty of buyers braved the elements,” said Inglis Director Jonathan D’Arcy. “The market was discerning on type but well-presented yearlings found strong competition and many vendors reported good results.
“I have no doubt that this sale will establish itself as a good alternative for later maturing yearlings or horses that have setbacks while being aimed at earlier sales.”
The General Session of the Classic Winter Sale saw 47 lots change hands later in the day at an average of $4,689.
Trade continues at Newmarket on Monday and Tuesday for the 2013 Inglis Australian Weanling and Bloodstock Sales. A total of 267 weanlings have been catalogued for sale on Monday while 160 broodmares and 81 yearlings, unbroken and racing stock are set for sale on Tuesday.