International G1 winning mare Sun Classique sold to Patinack Farm for $2 million to top Thursday’s trade at the Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale.
The daughter of Fuji Kiseki was a star on the racetrack and the Newmarket complex came to a standstill as she strode into the ring. “She commanded so much presence and it was a privilege to watch her parade,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said. “She commanded a price that a mare of her standing fully deserves.”
Sun Classique fell just short of her reserve in the ring, however, post sale negotiations saw her change hands on Thursday evening. The Australian bred mare was a multiple Group 1 winning Champion in South Africa and later added the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic. She earned the equivalent of AUD 4.20 million.
Her sale completes the full circle of her ties with the Inglis sales ring. Her dam Elfenjer was sold at this very sale in 2003 – carrying Sun Classique – for $32,500.
Group 1 winning mare Bel Mer became another Group 1 millionaire when she sold to Patinack Farm for $1.05 million. The Bel Esprit mare is in foal to Vinery’s More Than Ready and continued Patinack’s strong activity during this week.
Nathan Tinkler’s operation had previously secured Serious Speed for $900,000, along with Readyor and She Will Be Loved who both topped the $500,000 mark.
“It was pleasing to see the buying bench actively competing for the top lots today and overall it has been a very strong sale,” Webster said. “I think this week’s sale is a healthy sign for the industry, with breeders keen to secure quality mares ahead of this year’s breeding season.”