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I Am Invincible Colt Sets New Scone Yearling Record

Tim Rowe | 15.05.2017

Newcastle Trainer Paul Perry Buys Colt For $120,000 At Hunter Valley Sale

A colt by boom stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) yesterday set a new benchmark for the Inglis Scone Yearling Sale when Group One-winning trainer Paul Perry outlaid $120,000 on Day One.

Catalogued as Lot 99, the colt is a half-brother to Sir John Monash Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) runner-up Trevinder (Dane Shadow), a winner of four races, and is by the same sire as Group One winners Brazen Beau and I Am A Star and Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) winner Houtzen.

Offered by Yarrandi Farm as agent, the colt is the fifth foal out of the unplaced Kiss Me Sophie (Strategic), herself a sister to The Galaxy (Gr 1, 1100m) winner Mistegic (Strategic) and Listed winner Rightson (Strategic).

The colt’s second dam, Widden Stakes (Listed, 1000m) runner-up Volcanic Mist (Volcanic Prince), produced eight foals to race for six winners including three-time winner Delaluna (Strategic), who is the dam of 2016 Reisling Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) runner-up Quick Feet (Northern Meteor).

Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Quick Feet was also placed in the Silver Shadow Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) and the Tea Rose Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) this season.

The price tag is a new record for the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association-sponsored sale, but Perry believes the colt represents value.

I Am Invincible stud fee was doubled this season to $110,000 (inc GST) on the back of a successful season on the racecourse with his progeny and in the sales ring.

“I thought he was the nicest colt there and he is by I Am Invincible. He’s a great-bodied colt and I was quite taken with him,” Perry told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.

“I thought ($120,000) was a great price because if he was at another sale he would have made much more and it was very good buying.”

Perry said he was unsure if the colt, who was born on 28 November 2015, would be make an early two-year-old.

“He is a November foal, so you have to take that into account, but he is a very mature-bodied horse and he will soon tell us.”

In total, Perry purchased nine yearlings on Day One for an aggregate of $354,000 at an average of $39,333 and finished the day as the leading buyer.

Perry has been active at all the major yearling sales in Australia this year and has been happy with the horses who have entered his Newcastle stable.

His current batch of two-year-olds, headed by ATC Champagne Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) winner The Mission (Choisir), have also been performing well. Perry purchased The Mission, who was bred by Richard Pegum, for $32,500 at Book Two of the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

“We are just going to buy a nice horse at these sort of sales and there is a good one there every year,” Perry said.

“We have a lovely young team and hopefully continues on.”

One lot prior to the record-breaking colt, Scone trainer Rod Northam went to $56,000 to secure another colt by I Am Invincible from the draft of Yarraman Park.

Northam was the original trainer of Scone Yearling Sale gradudate and Group Three winner and dual Group One runner-up Voodoo Lad (I Am Invincible), while Lot 98 is out of the Red Ransom (Roberto) mare Kiss ‘N Chase.

Kiss ‘N Chase, a winner of four races up to 1400 metres, is a sister to Kick ‘N Chase, who was runner-up in the 2008 Tramway Handicap (Gr 3, 1400m), and a half-sister to the three times stakes-placed Okaylah (Flying Spur).

Kiss ‘N Chase was sold by Yarraman Park in foal to Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock) for $60,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale to DGR Thoroughbred Services and Kingstar Farm. She had a filly by the Yarraman Park stallion on 9 October and was covered by Kingstar Farm’s Bull Point (Fastnet Rock) on 4 November last year. She was then sold again at the Australian Broodmare Sale for $25,000 to Cornerstone Stud Farm.

Bernardini Filly Makes $65,000
Sydney trainer Greg Hickman yesterday secured a Bernardini (A.P. Indy) filly out of a half-sister to Group Two winner Prisoner Of Love (Canny Lad), Group Three winner Hoystar (Danzero) and Listed-winning stallion King Of Prussia (Anabaa) for $65,000.

The Crowningstone-consigned filly, catalogued as Lot 14,  is a half-sister to four winners including the stakes-performed Envious (Hussonet).

Her dam, the unraced Anything But Love (Flying Spur), is also a half-sister to triple Group Two winner Sportsman (Supremo), who won ten races when trained by Hickman.

“The main thing about this filly is that I haven’t been able to get back into Sportsman’s family for a long time. This filly had a good presence about her and the fact she is from Sportsman’s family (appealed to me),” Hickman told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“She had everything I look for. She has a good rein, a good shoulder and a good hindquarter. She is out of Anything But Love, a Flying Spur horse who is a half-sister to Prisoner Of Love and Sportsman.

“This filly is a little bit more correct than Sportsman was and is a good size for a November foal, so I am pretty happy with her. She looks a precocious type of horse who is big and strong and if she comes out and wins a couple in town she’s probably a cheap filly.”

Anything But Love also has an unnamed two-year-old filly by Bernardini, who has not shuttled to Australia since 2015, and had a colt by The Factor (War Front) born on 5 October last year. She was then covered on 31 October by another Newgate Farm stallion in Eurozone (Northern Meteor).

Hickman yesterday also went to $55,000 to buy a filly by So You Think (High Chaparral) from city-winning mare Girls Go Racing (Marechal) on Day One of the Scone Yearling Sale.

Offered by Davali Thoroughbreds as Lot 75, the filly is the second foal out of Girls Go Racing, who was also trained by Hickman, and is a three-quarter sister to her first foal by High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells).

Hickman also purchased her first foal, who is now an unraced two-year-old called Highton, for $35,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Book Two session last year.

“We bred her and is bred on the same cross as her three-quarter brother who is a very nice horse (Highton),” Hickman said.

“We haven’t seen what he is going to do yet. He’s had one trial and got all lost and didn’t know what happened to him. The High Chaparrals take a bit of time.

“It’s the same cross as the So You Think filly and we see some good in the mare’s first two foals and had to buy her back.

“We’ll syndicate her, and I have probably sold 30 per cent in her while I have been sitting here at Scone.”

Girls Go Racing had a colt last October by Arrowfield Stud shuttle stallion Olympic Glory (Choisir) and was covered by the same stallion on 5 November last year.

Hickman also purchased two other yearlings yesterday, a High Chaparral filly from Davali Thoroughreds, catalogued as Lot 7, for $12,000 and Lot 30, a filly by Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) out of C’Est Lorraine (Exceed And Excel), for $16,000.

He finished the day as the second leading purchaser having spent $148,000 on those four lots.

Bridge Returns To Scone In Search Of Success
Randwick trainer Les Bridge, who in 2005 purchased Group One winner Hot Danish (Nothin’ Leica Dane) for $32,000 from the Scone Yearling Sale, yesterday purchased a Denman (Lonhro) filly for $60,000.

Catalogued as Lot 132, the Sledmere Stud-consigned yearling is the third foal out of three-time winner Papoose (Exceed And Excel). Her second dam, the Canterbury Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Miss Kariba (Lunchtime).

She is a sister to Listed winner Supersnack (Lunchtime) and a half-sister to Manyara (Eagle Eyed), the dam of Keith Mackay Handicap (Listed, 1200m) winner Golden Millennium (Dubawi).

Meanwhile, a colt by promising Coolmore Stud former shuttle stallion Excelebration (Exceed And Excel), whose oldest progeny are two-year-olds and include Chris Munce-trained Dalrello Stakes (Listed, 1200m) winner Saint Patricks Day, was sold for $60,000 yesterday.

The Yarraman Park-offered colt, who was catalogued as Lot 10, was purchased by leading Wyong trainer Kim Waugh.

The fifth foal out of juvenile winner Amalfi Cat (Catbird), a half-sister to Western Australian Derby (Gr 2, 2400m) runner up Culverin (Musket), the colt is a half-brother to Amalfi Scape (Dreamscape), who is a winner and the only foal to race from the dam.

By the same sire as dual winner and 2000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) runner-up Barney Boy, and three first crop Australian winners including Friday’s Scone winner, the Kris Lees-trained Excelamour, the colt’s second dam La Sirenuse (Barathea) won the T S Carlyon Cup (Gr 3, 1600m).

He is also from the family of WATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) winner Paradise Park (Bletchley Park) and her son, Group Three winner Grand Nirvana (Scenic). Fellow Perth stakes winner Hartleys Dream (Bletchley Park) is a brother to Paradise Park and a half-brother to La Sirenuse being out of the unraced mare Prohurst (Protos).


Filly From Victory Vein’s Family Proves Popular
Two yearling fillies were also sold early on Day One for $52,000, with Lot 36, a daughter of first crop Newgate Farm shuttle stallion The Factor, selling to Rawson Pastoral Services from the draft of Southern Cross Breeders.

The grey filly is the the fifth foal out of Cerinthe, a two-time winner by Exceed And Excel (Danehill) who is a half-sister to ATC Champagne Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) and ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) winner Victory Vein (Mr Henrysee). Cerinthe is also a half-sister to Singapore Listed winner The Jolly Roger (Procol Harum), who raced in Australia as Shields.

Three lots later, John Foote Bloodstock and trainer Darren Weir combined to purchase Lot 39,  a filly by Widden Stud stallion Nicconi (Bianconi), who on Saturday sired a stakes-winning double, for $52,000.

Promising Tony McEvoy-trained two-year-old filly Time Awaits won her second stakes race with a narrow win in the SA Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Morphettville and the Matt Dunn-trained Quatronic won the Ortensia Stakes (Listed, 1100m) at Scone for Nicconi.

The Middlebrook Valley Lodge-consigned filly is the fifth foal out of SAJC Proud Miss Stakes (Listed, 1200m) winner Clear View (Gallo Di Ferro).

Clear View has had three foals to race so far, all of them winners, including this year’s Autumn Classic (Gr 2, 1800m) winner Farson (Snitzel), who was trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. Farson, who also ran third in the Alister Clark Stakes (Gr 2, 2040m) at Moonee Valley, before being transferred to race in Hong Kong.

Average Up On 2016
Day One of the expanded HTBA Scone Yearling Sale Select Session saw 172 horses sold for an aggregate of $3,396,500, up 26 per cent on 2016, at an average of $19,747, up on last year’s average of $15,150. The median of $15,000 was also up $5,000 on last year’s figure of $10,000.

The clearance rate was 91 per cent and Inglis national bloodstock manager Jonathan D’Arcy said it was the best Scone Yearling Sale catalogue assembled and yesterday’s results backed that up.

“To the vendors, the buyers and the breeders, congratulations to you all because you have all come out winners today from the HTBA Inglis Scone Yearling Sale,” D’Arcy said.

“There was as big a crowd as I’ve seen at White Park in a long time, the bidding was exceptional and the outstanding results wouldn’t be possible if not for a fantastic catalogue of well-presented yearlings.

“To have almost 70 per cent of vendors enjoy a perfect 100 per cent clearance rate is extremely rewarding for them, but also for us as an auction house to see our clients enjoy more great results.”

Coolmore’s So You Think finished the day as the leading sire by average (with three or more lots sold) with three yearlings selling for $127,500 at an average of $42,500. Denman also had three lots sell for $105,000, at an average of $35,000.

Middlebrook Valley Lodge head the leading vendors table having sold 17 lots for $358,500 at an average of $21,676. Crowningstone were the leading vendors by average (with three or more lots sold) having sold three yearlings for $153,000 at an average of $51,000.

The HTBA Scone Yearling Sale general session will be held at 11am today followed by the Weanling and Thoroughbred Sale.

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