Weir smiling with Street Cry

Champion trainer Darren Weir was all smiles after buying a Street Cry – Prairie Star colt for $300,000 at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale on Tuesday.

Weir secured the half-brother to G1 Thousand Guineas contender Leotie on behalf of Yulong Investments boss Mr Zhang.  “I looked at him a couple of times and really liked the horse and his pedigree,” Weir said.  “He’s a great type, well built and I’m really excited that he’s coming into the stable.

“I don’t think he’s going to be an early-going type of horse.  We will probably just poke around with him for a few weeks.  At this stage, I think he will be more of a later two-year-old.”

For Mr Zhang, the theory behind the purchase was simple.  “I like to shop where the fish are already biting,” he said.  “I believe that when a mare shows she can get a nice horse, it tends to come out in not just one of their foals, but several.

“Lightning strikes twice as far as good broodmares go in my opinion, and I see Prairie Star as a very good broodmare.’’

While international buyers were strong in purchasing juveniles to race around the world, the domestic market was also very active.

Darby Racing’s first purchase was a $100,000 Foxwedge – Pinocchio colt from Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm.  “We were actually going to buy him at Scone in May but we had a lot of horses at the time,’’ Scott Darby said.  “He’s a sharp colt, the Foxwedges are really starting to kick some goals and this one looks like a very nice horse.”

Baystone Farm was the leading vendor with a 100% clearance rate from its draft of five at an aggregate of $845,000.

The leading sire was Helmet with four lots sold at an average of $115,250.

The two sale-toppers at $310,000 were the Written Tycoon – Best Feature colt from the Chevaux Bloodstock and the Smart Missile – Asshewaqua colt from Baystone Farm.

“It was a tough day at the office, but it was pleasing to see several vendors achieving some excellent results for the time and effort they have put in to getting horses ready for this sale,” Inglis director Jonathan D’Arcy said.  “And the 29 lots that sold for $100,000 or more was almost double that of last year, so that’s very positive, too.”

Turnover increased to $8.68 million with an extra 46 sales compared to 2015.  The average dropped 4% to $64,780 and the clearance rate dived 16 points to 64%.