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Fastnet Rock Mare Sells For $270,000

Tim Rowe | 13.04.2017

Gavel Comes Down For Final Time At The Newmarket Complex

A winning Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare, Passion Cheval, a daughter of Listed winner Calming (Zeditave), was sold to Yu Long Investments for $270,000 on the third and final day of the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale at Newmarket yesterday.

The Vinery Stud-consigned Passion Cheval, who was being offered on behalf of Stratheden Stud as part of its unreserved dispersal, is the fifth living foal out of Calming, and was the highest price mare sold yesterday.

Catalogued as Lot 426, Passion Cheval is one of Calming’s seven winners from seven to race including her two-year-old three-quarters sister Girl In A Million (Your Song). Her year younger half-sister, Calming Influence (Commands), was runner up in the Dark Jewel Classic (Gr 3, 1400m) last year.

A half-sister to Calming, Royal Solitaire (Brocco), is the dam of Champion Older Male Sprinter in Germany of 2009, War Artist (Orpen) and is the second dam of Listed winner and Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) placed Sebring Sun (Sebring).

Sold in foal to Vinery Stud shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo), Passion Cheval missed to Pierro (Lonhro) at a first season at stud and has a Toronado (High Chaparral) weanling colt, who was withdrawn from sale at Monday’s weanling session.

“It was a terrific result for a good quality mare who is in foal to a stallion who has been amazing for us over the years,” Vinery Stud’s nominations and sales manager Adam White told ANZ Bloodstock News.

White said Stratheden Stud had been a long-standing client who are in the process of exiting the industry.

“They still have a few weanlings (at Vinery) to either sell privately or next year as yearlings, but Passion Cheval was pretty much the last of the mares,” he said.

“They have been terrific clients over many years and their mares sold really well so it was fantastic for them.”  

Yu Long Investments’ Yuesheng Zhang said: “She has a great page, the family is very strong and I’m very happy with the buy.”

Sixteen lots later, Yu Long Investments struck again, going to $230,000 for the winning Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Pretends in foal to Lonhro (Octagonal) from the large Godolphin draft of fillies and mares.

Catalogued as Lot 442, Pretends is a half-sister to four winners including Golden Pendant (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Screen (Lonhro) and three-time stakes winner Brannigan (Flying Spur).

The mare’s second dam is Awards Ceremony (Kaoru Star), the dam of seven winners including the 1997 Australian champion two-year-old and three-time Group One winner Dracula (Quest For Fame) and two other stakes winners in Sash (Dr Grace) and The Oscars (Procol Harum). Awards Ceremony is also the second dam of the Spring Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) winner and young sire Complacent (Authorized).

White said Yu Long Investments last year based their mares covered by Hunter Valley stallions at Vinery Stud.

“Yu Long has been amazing. (Passion Cheval) is not the first mare they have bought from us and hopefully not the last,” White said.

“We were lucky enough to get their mares up in the Hunter Valley for the season last year, which was a good relationship to have as well, and they are certainly a buying strength in the industry at the moment.

“They would send mares to our stallions or walk off to other stallions, but used our farm as a bit of a base.”

Yu Long Investments finished the Select Broodmare Session as the second leading purchaser by aggregate having spent $1,420,500 on 16 lots.

Newstar Syndicate Take Shared Reflections Home
Having been very active at last Friday’s Chairman’s Sale for Elite Breeding Prospects, Newstar Partnership paid $255,000 for Sweet Embrace Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Shared Reflections (Umatilla) in foal to Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock).

Already the dam of this season’s Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Sydney metropolitan winner Fiery Trail (Northern Meteor), Shared Reflections is a daughter of Ulap (Hurricane Sky), a winning half-sister to William Crockett Stakes (Listed, 1200m) winner Jolanda (Tolomeo) and stakes-placed Astig (Danehill), Quan Ming (Maizcay) and Velvet Cloud (Danehill).

Catalogued as Lot 475, Shared Reflections has a two-year-old called Infinite Advantage (More Than Ready), who was unplaced on debut at Orange last week for trainer Brett Thompson, and a yearling by More Than Ready. That colt was purchased by Thompson from the draft of Gooree Park Stud for $20,000 at last week’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She was not covered in 2015.  

Newstar Partnership, which is made up of Newgate Farm, S F Bloodstock, Kingstar Farm’s Matthew Sandblom and US operation Winstar Farm, signed for four mares yesterday.

Newgate Farm’s Henry Field said Shared Reflections had been purchased to support their first season sire Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt), who stands his first year at a fee of $38,500 (inc GST) in 2017.

“She was a high-class two-year-old who won a Sweet Embrace Stakes and she is a really lovely mare now who will be bred to Extreme Choice,” Field told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“We are breeding a really good two-year-old to a phenomenal two-year-old like Extreme Choice you know you are going to produce a horse who is very, very fast.”

Newstar Partnership also purchased Godolphin-offered mare Margham (Encosta De Lago), catalogued as Lot 384, yesterday for $130,000.

A Group Three-placed mare, Margham is the dam of dual Listed winner Mohave (Exceed And Excel) and two other foals to race and was sold in foal to Darley stallion Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) with a 9 December service date.

She has a two-year-old gelding Sonoran (Commands), trained by John O’Shea, who finished third to Condor Heroes (Not A Single Doubt) in a Rosehill barrier trial on January, and a weanling colt by Lonhro.

“Margham’s first foal Mohave was a good horse and she herself was a good two-year-old and is an attractive mare,” Field said.

“She was a good running Encosta De Lago two-year-old who will likely go to Flying Artie this year. (Shared Reflections) was a high class two-year-old and Margham has produced a high-class two-year-old and we want to give Extreme Choice and Flying Artie every possible chance at stud.”

Group One winner Flying Artie (Artie Schiller), one of four first season stallions standing at Newgate Farm this season, had his fee of $38,500 (inc GST) announced earlier this week.

Newstar Partnership also purchased Lot 372, stakes-placed mare Let’s Be Happy (Brief Truce), in foal to Choisir (Danehill Dancer) for $60,000 from the WIllow Park Stud draft.

Let’s Be Happy is the dam of one living foal to date and is out of the unraced Happy Realm (Kingdom Bay), herself a daughter of the New Zealand multiple Listed winner Gaytrice (Gay Apollo) with this also being the family of the Sydney Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner King Aussie (Moss Trooper). A stallion for Let’s Be Happy has not yet been decided.

Newstar Partnership finished the Select Broodmare Session as the third leading purchaser having spent $665,000 on five mares. Their purchases were completed by Gulch (Mr Prospector) mare Cinnamon Dove, Lot 257 and Lot 387, Misshiraz (Secret Savings), for $125,000 and $85,000 respectively.

Cinnamon Dove, a winner of 1300 metres in the US was sold in foal to Brazen Beau and is a half-sister to the Grade Two winner Walkslikeaduck (Blushing John) while the five-time winner Misshiraz was sold from the draft of Corumbene Stud in foal to Exosphere (Lonhro).

Misshiraz will be covered by Newgate Farm’s first season sire Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon), who will stand his first season for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST).  

Title Holder Set For I Am Invincible Cover
A mare in foal to Woodside Park-based Written Tycoon (Iglesia) and a half-sister to Group Three-placed mare Bound To Blush (Strategic) was bought by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock for $250,000 yesterday.

Juvenile winner Title Holder (Magic Albert), catalogued as Lot 508, was offered by Victorian farm Glenelg Park on a 4 September cover.

One of eight winners for her dam Run For Roses (Danehill), Title Holder’s half-sister Bound To Blush was bought by Aquis Farm on Tuesday for $200,000 from the Gooree Park Stud draft.

Run For Roses is a sister to The Goodwood (Gr 1, 1200m) winner and successful stallion Keeper, VRC Sires Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) placed Downing Street, Ottawa Stakes (Listed, 1000m) runner up Little Chloe and a half-sister Jacqwin (Bluebird), the dam of four time Group One winner Metal Bender (Danasinga).

Gabbedy told ANZ Bloodstock News Title Holder, a rising four-year-old, had been purchased for Yarraman Park and clients and was set to be covered by I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) in 2017.

“She was bought for Yarraman Park and partners. We identified her as one of the nicest physical types at the sale, she was an absolute glamour of a mare,” Gabbedy told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“We felt it was really important we buy these types of mares to give yourself every chance of throwing good looking yearlings because that is what the Easter sale showed. It is type that sells, not just the pedigrees.”

Gabbedy said it was a bonus that Title Holder was in foal to a proven Group One stallion like Written Tycoon.

“Obviously the stallion is red hot at the moment. His fee is up to $88,000 this year and he is one of the best stallions in the country,” the Melbourne-based Gabbedy said.

“Title Holder should have a great first foal and she is an ideal match for Yarraman Park’s red hot stallion I Am Invincible.”

Aquis Farm And Blue Sky Leading Purchaser
Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock continued their spending spree on Day Three at Newmarket, finishing the Select Broodmare session as the leading purchaser having spent $2,302,500 on 21 lots.

After purchasing the highest-priced horse on Day Two for $500,000, Our Girl Raquie (Fastnet Rock), who is out of a three-quarter sister to Redoute’s Choice (Danehill), Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock yesterday paid $200,000 for Lot 473

Offered by Burke Bloodstock, the Postponed (Summer Squall) mare Serein, a winning stakes-placed performer in New Zealand, was sold in foal to Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro) on a 3 November service date in her first season at stud.

Serein, is a daughter of winning mare Renediym (General Nediym), herself a half-sister to BTC Premiers Cup (Gr 3, 2200m) winner Rezone (Electronic Zone) and Wyong Gold Cup (Listed, 2100m) winner Danyon (Success Express). Maggie (Maroof), another half-sister, was also stakes placed in New Zealand while South African Listed winner Las Ramblas (Toreador) is out of another half-sister, Silent Kiss (Maroof).

“She was a gorgeous physical type and she has been pencilled in to go Extreme Choice,” Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland told ANZ Bloodstock News.

Nine lots later, Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock outlasted the competition to secure Inglis Banner (RL, 1000m) winner Silversands (Dubleo) in foal to So You Think (High Chaparral) for $190,000.

Offered by Kulani Park as Lot 482, Silversands is out of juvenile winner Meriwether (Catbird) and is a half-sister to Dulcify Quality (Listed, 1600m) runner up Wudang Mountain (Big Brown).

One of four winners for Meriwether, Silversands also comes from the same family as Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Sky Heights (Zabeel). Renee Heights (Engagement), Silversands’ third dam is a three-quarter sister to Moet Heights (Engagement), the dam of Sky Heights and she is also a half sister to the Group One-winning pair Mapperley Heights (Sir Tristram) and Royal Heights (Sir Tristram).  

“She is a nice stakes-winning mare and she will be sent to Extreme Choice or another Hunter Valley stallion, it has not been decided yet,” Blaxland said.

“I will sit down with (Aquis Farm chief executive) Justin Fung and Robyn Wise and see where they want to go. She is a nice mare from Kulani Park and based on the current market I thought she wasn’t bad buying at $190,000.”

Another of Aquis Farm’s and Blue Sky Bloodstock’s purchases yesterday was stakes-placed mare Miss Elvee (Elvstroem) who was bought for $185,000. Catalogued as Lot 393, the Goodwood Farm-consigned Miss Elvee is out of Kenny’s Best Pal (Bletchingly) mare Luxapal who is the dam of Naturalism Stakes (Gr 3, 2000m) winner Magnapal (Magnus).

She is also the dam of Group One-placed mare Red For Lou (Testa Rossa) is the dam of Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) winner Le Chef (Exceed And Excel), while Miss Elvee’s second dam Patringa (Icelandic) is a half-sister to Listed winner Angel Island (Sea Anchor).

Miss Elvee, who was sold in foal to Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor), has an unraced three-year-old by Testa Rossa (Perugino), an unnamed two-year-old gelding by Charge Forward (Red Ransom) and a weanling filly by Smart Missile.

“We managed to pick up some lovely mares today, but it was tinged with some sadness as it was the last selling day at Inglis’s at Newmarket as it holds some great memories for me,” Blaxland said.

“I’ve been going to Inglis sales there since I was 15 and I have bought a lot of horses there, some good and some bad ones, but it was sad to see the last horse sold under the famous fig tree.”

Mixed Emotions Makes $155,000
Mixed Emotions (Testa Rossa), a Gooree Park Stud-offered mare from the family of Northern Meteor (Encosta De Lago), was yesterday bought by Randwick Bloodstock Agency and Lustre Lodge for $155,000 in foal to Hallowed Crown (Street Sense).

Catalogued as Lot 399, winning mare Mixed Emotions is a daughter of the unraced mare Steamheat (Broad Brush), who is a half-sister to the deceased Widden Stud stallion Northern Meteor, dual Group Three winner Queen Of The Hill (Danehill) and Listed winner Rabbuka (Giant’s Causeway).

Mixed Emotion’s second dam, the US-bred and raced Listed-placed mare Explosive (Fappiano), is also the dam of US stakes-performed colt Justlikedawg (Unaccounted For). Another of Explosive’s daughters, the unraced Comical Smile (Comic Strip), is the dam of Todman Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner and young Arrowfield Stud stallion Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock), Listed winner Surge Ahead (Danehill Dancer) and Triscay Stakes (Listed, 1200m) winner Kiss From A Rose (Encosta De Lago).

Mixed Emotions has a yearling colt by All American (Red Ransom) and a weanling filly by Reset (Zabeel) and was covered by the Darley stallion Hallowed Crown on 2 October last year.

Randwick Bloodstock Agency’s Brett Howard said Mixed Emotions had been purchased for the new owners of Lustre Lodge, a broodmare farm on the Central Coast of NSW.

“It is a very, very hard family to buy into as Gooree have most of the family and it was one of those rare opportunities to buy into a nice young mare in foal to a legitimate Group One stallion,” Howard told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“The mare has been bought for Glen Spratt and David Bishop who own Lustre Lodge, which is a small broodmare agistment farm on the Central Coast.”

Holler’s Sister Makes $135,000
Randwick Bloodstock Agency also secured a sister to recently retired Canterbury Stakes (Gr 1, 1300m) winner Holler (Commands), who stands his first season at Darley in 2017, for $135,000 yesterday.

Catalogued as Lot 353, the twice winning mare Jive Talk, a daughter of deceased stallion Commands (Danehill), was sold in foal to Newgate Farm stallion Deep Field (Northern Meteor).

The rising nine-year-old mare is the second foal out of Shouts (Strategic), herself a half-sister to Futurity Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) and Australia Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Yell (Anabaa) and Listed winner Sung (Anabaa).

Her third dam Loyal Lyric (Sovereign Red) is a half-sister to Party Miss (Kenmare), the dam of Written Tycoon who is the sire of Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Capitalist, Doomben 10,000 (Gr 1, 1350m) winner Music Magnate and Group-winning sprinter Winning Rupert.

Jive Talk’s first foal, a filly by Choisir (Danehill Dancer), was sold by Carramar Park to First Light Racing, Ellerton Zahra Racing and Paul Willetts Bloodstock at this month’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for $60,000.

Her second foal is a weanling colt by So You Think (High Chaparral) and she was offered having been covered by Deep Field on 25 September.

Howard said Jive Talk was purchased on behalf of Mystery Downs’s Francis and Christine Cook who race Victoria Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Lasqueti Spirit (Beneteau),

“Jive Talk is from a great Ingham family and now Godolphin family and in foal to a very nice horse in Deep Field,” Howard said.

“Both mares (I bought yesterday) have great foals on the ground and in foal to good stallions.”

Jive Talk’s younger brother, the Godolphin-owned, John O’Shea-trained Holler, will stand at Darley’s Northwood Park in Victoria this year for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).

Godolphin Leading Vendor
Godolphin was the leading vendor at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale, selling all 40 fillies and mares in their draft for an aggregate of $2,481,000 at an average of $62,025.

Second leading vendor Middlebrook Valley Lodge sold 23 of its draft of 26 Select Session broodmares for an aggregate of $971,500 at an average of $42,239. Gooree Park Stud was third by aggregate with six fillies and mares offered selling for $743,000 at an average of $123,833.

“It’s great that the market has responded so well and we’re ecstatic about the way they’ve sold,’’ Godolphin’s John Sunderland said.

“The buying bench is outstanding, it’s diverse, it’s a sign of how healthy the industry is and it’s been a wonderful few days, so thanks to Inglis for making it all happen.

“It really has been an honour being involved in the last sale at Newmarket and I’d like to wish all the buyers of our horses these past few days all the best of luck with their purchases.’’

The Chairman’s Sale and Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale ended with an aggregate of $42,232,500 for 496 lots sold at an average of $85,146 and clearance rate of 87 per cent.

Inglis Bids Farewell To Newmarket
Inglis national bloodstock manager Jonathan D’Arcy told ANZ Bloodstock News he felt a tinge of sadness as the final horse was sold at Newmarket yesterday.

After a speech from Inglis director Jamie Inglis, the eldest of the fifth generation family, auctioned Lot 549a Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) mare Nervous Nellie from Yarraman Park Stud draft, who was bought by Bowness Stud for $26,000.

The final lot to be sold at the Inglis Newmarket Sales complex was led round the ring by the proprietor of Yarraman Park Stud, Arthur Mitchell, who had been coming to Newmarket with his brother Harry since the early 1970s.

Magic Millions managing director and former Inglis employee Vin Cox was the underbidder.

“It is a strange feeling. We have known this has been happening for a long time, but to finally see that hammer drop. Peter Heagney sold the second last horse and was quite emotional and I was thankful I did my run earlier,” D’Arcy said.

“Jamie (Inglis) got up and spoke very well mentioning some of the history and then sold the last horse. It was a great John North (of Bowness Stud), who has been a client of the company for so long, bought the last mare through the ring.

“It was also nice that Vin Cox, on behalf of Magic Millions or perhaps a client, was there as the underbidder.”

D’Arcy said the 2017 Easter sales series had been an amazing success, which started on 30 March with the inaugural The Chairman’s Sale – Elite Racing Prospects.

“There was $156,000,000 traded here in (two) weeks, which is quite amazing. It was a sensational ten days and a great way for Newmarket to go out because this has been such an important part of our industry,” he said.

“We’ve all bought our first horse here or traded their first horse here and it is a bit like the MCG or the Sydney Cricket Ground. It is one of those really special places that you enjoy coming to.

“A lot of people stayed and had a drink, reminisced about what it used to be like and I think that has been a special part of the past two weeks.”

Inglis has sold its Newmarket property at Randwick, with a state-of-the-art, purpose built complex at Warwick Farm called Riverside Stables will replacing it at a cost of $140,000,000. The new facility is expected to be in operation by the end of this year, with the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale set to be the first to take place at Riverside Stables.

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