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Scarlet Billows Tops Inglis Great Southern Broodmare Sale

Lydia Symonds | 21.06.2017

$460,000 Group Three Winner To Be Covered By Woodside Park Shuttler Cable Bay

Group Three winner Scarlet Billows (Street Boss) topped the broodmare session on the third day of the Inglis Great Southern Sale yesterday after she was purchased by Belmont Bloodstock Agency’s Damon Gabbedy for $460,000 and is destined to be covered by first season shuttle stallion Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit) this year.

Gabbedy revealed Scarlet Billows had been sought by a new client who had earmarked mares for Cable Bay, who will stand this season at Woodside Park in Victoria with the support of Gilgai Farm’s Rick Jamieson.

Catalogued as Lot 497, the former Darren Weir-trained rising seven-year-old mare, who was consigned by owner John Richards’ Galadi Holdings at St Arnaud, won six races from 30 starts.

Scarlet Billows’ biggest success came in the VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (registered as Maybe Mahal Stakes) (Gr 3, 1400m) at the 2015 Flemington spring carnival and was also runner up in the Hareeba Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Mornington.

A $20,000 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale purchase by Galadi Holdings from the Kristinvale Stables in 2012, Scarlet Billows is out of the winning Hussonet (Mr Prospector) mare Hushabye Baby, whose two foals to race have both been winners.

The Street Boss (Street Cry) mare’s second dam is the SAJC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) winner Smytzer’s Rivalry (Made Of Gold), who won five races including three as a juvenile.

Hushabye Baby’s rising two-year-old colt by Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel) sold for $75,000 to Australian Bloodstock from the Kristenvale Stable draft at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale earlier this year and returned to the Chatswood Stud stallion last December to be covered.

“She is for a new client and he is trying to accumulate a couple of well-performed young Group-winning mares and he really likes the Street Boss-line mares,” Gabbedy told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“She is a really good outcross mare who had a lot of ability. She was a sound, tough racemare, who was also a good looking type. The market is hungry for these Group-winning mares, as we saw at the Gold Coast, and he wants to start collecting a few of those.”

Stakes-winning daughters of Darley shuttler Street Boss have sold well at this year’s broodmare sales, with Group Three winner Petits Filous selling for $1,150,000 to James Harron Bloodstock at the recent Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.

Gabbedy confirmed Scarlet Billows would visit Cable Bay, who will stand for a fee of $19,800 (inc GST) in his first Southern Hemisphere season.

“The client has his pedigree ideas and he has done a lot of research so he is going to send her to Cable Bay. Rick Jamieson is obviously putting his neck on the line by putting the pedigrees through his system,” he said.

“We submitted some mares prior to the sale that we thought might come up as a good match for Cable Bay, so we are backing Rick’s judgment, and she is one of them. She is a good outcross, so she can go to any stallion down the track.”

Inglis’ Victorian bloodstock manager Simon Vivian said the $460,000 achieved by Scarlet Billows was satisfying especially given that her owner John Richards was a long-time supporter of the Melbourne sales conducted by Inglis.

“For us to sell Scarlet Billows for $460,000 is just a fantastic result because we do a lot of work with John Richards and I am so pleased that he supported us with the mare and the competition for her was quite amazing,” Vivian told ANZ Bloodstock News.

Golden Penny Set For Sebring

Listed winner Golden Penny (Blevic), who was offered in foal to Written Tycoon (Iglesia), was also purchased by Gabbedy for $270,000 late on Day Three of the Inglis Great Southern Sale.

With the progeny of Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon in hot demand at the 2017 sales, headed by a $1,000,000 yearling and a $310,000 weanling on Monday at the Inglis Great Southern Sale, Golden Penny received strong competition having won an SAJC Durbridge Stakes (Listed, 1200m) and the Penny Edition Stakes (Listed, 1400m) during her race career.

Catalogued as Lot 678, the Supreme Thoroughbreds-consigned Golden Penny had previously been bought by Randwick Bloodstock Agency for $100,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.

Penny Edition has had two foals, a yearling filly by Helmet (Exceed And Excel) who was sold for $25,000, and a Zoustar (Northern Meteor) weanling colt who was withdrawn from the weanling session of this year’s Inglis Great Southern Sale.

“She is another tough race mare from South Australia who is by a very underrated sire in Blevic who is doing a really good job as a broodmare sire and we think the Written Tycoon mating is a very good one physically,” Gabbedy said.

“Written Tycoon is flying at the moment and with what his yearlings and weanlings are selling for (she was good value).”

Gabbedy said Golden Penny, who was bought for a NSW client, was likely to be covered by the Widden Stud-based stallion Sebring (More Than Ready) this year.

Belmont Bloodstock also secured another Hussonet mare, Poco Gusto, who was catalogued as Lot 474, and sold in foal to Widden Stud-based stallion Star Witness (Starcraft) for $48,000.

The dam of four foals to race for one winner, Poco Gusto is also the dam of this year’s MRC Blue Diamond Preview (Listed, 1000m) placegetter Indernile (Street Boss), who is trained by Gerard Moloney at Caulfield.

Consigned by Supreme Thoroughbreds, Poco Gusto is a daugher of Group One-placed mare Kachina (El Qahira), who is the dam of winner Beijing Bound (Quest For Fame) who has produced VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) fourth-placed filly Peeking Duck (Al Samer).

Belmont Bloodstock Agency purchased six broodmares yesterday, including two for the Cable Bay Syndicate, for an aggregate of $890,000 at an average of $148,333.

Mills Hoping Lightning Strikes Twice
Victorian bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills yesterday bought a mare in foal to I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) and is hoping his client Star Witness Bloodstock can end up with a big result with the resulting foal.

Mills purchased the Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Al Afraah, who was offered in foal to Yarraman Park-based stallion, for $160,000, for the same clients who bought Streetcar Stella (Blevic) for $125,000 in foal to I Am Invincible at the 2015 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

The resulting colt out of Streetcar Stella was sold for $1,500,000 from the Widden Stud draft to Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock at this year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Yesterday’s Sheamus Mills Bloodstock purchase, who was catalogued as Lot 563 from the Stonehouse Thoroughbreds draft is a daughter of AJC Frank Packer Plate (Gr 3, 2000m) winner Afraah (Danehill).

She is also a half-sister to Willow (Woodman), the dam of MRC Lord Stakes (Listed, 1700m) winner Ulundi (Helenus) and his MRC Mornington Cup Prelude (Listed, 2000m) winning brother Durnford.

I Am Invincible, the sire of Group One winner I Am A Star and 20 other individual stakes winners, will stand for an increased fee of $110,000 (inc GST) for the 2017 breeding season, having stood last season for $55,000 (inc GST).

Mills said last night that in his eyes Al Afraah was tremendous value and had the physique to match well with I Am Invincible.

“I was really happy with her and given the popularity and service fee of I Am Invincible, I thought she was a cheap horse, who is a good sort,” Mills told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“I think she is the exact type of mare who suits I Am Invincible, being by Encosta De Lago out of a Danehill mare.”

She will most likely be mated with Widden Stud-based stallion Star Witness (Starcraft) this year.

“We are hoping lightning can strike twice as I bought a mare called Streetcar Stella in foal to I Am Invincible for them a couple of years back and the resulting foal made $1,500,000 at Easter this year,” he said.

“We didn’t just go and buy her because she was in foal to I Am Invincible but the symmetry just happened to be a little uncanny. I said to the guys then with Streetcar Stella and again today that Al Afraah is the perfect style of mare for I Am Invincible.

“I had three clients with horses by I Am Invincible sell this year for $550,000, one for $600,000 and one for $1,500,000, so I just know what that stallion is capable of doing when you get a type.”

Lime Country To The Fore With Ella Supero Purchase

Former New Zealand operation Lime Country Thoroughbreds, which is now based near Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands, went to $150,000 to purchase an Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare from the same family of Group One winner Yankee Rose (All American).

The placed mare Ella Supero (Exceed And Excel), who was catalogued as Lot 654 and offered by Rushton Park, was sold in foal to Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro).

Ella Supero is a half-sister to New Zealand Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Redoute’s Dancer (Redoute’s Choice) and Condesaar (Xaar) who is the dam of the David Vandyke-trained ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) and ATC Spring Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Yankee Rose.

Yankee Rose was also runner-up to Capitalist (Written Tycoon) in the Golden Slipper Stakes and third behind Winx (Street Cry) in last year’s Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) as a three-year-old. Ella Supero’s third dam Condessa (Condorcet) won five races, two of them as a juvenile, and also took out the Yorkshire Oaks (Gr 1, 1m4f).

Purchased for $9,500 at the 2014 Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale by Damian White Bloodstock, Ella Supero has had one foal, a rising two-year-old colt by Unencumbered (Testa Rossa), who was passed in for $20,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale earlier this year.

“A lot of people look at trading weanlings, but we focus on trading mares and the weanlings out of them, so she fits into that bracket for us,” Lime Country Thoroughbreds proprietor Jo Griffin told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“We sold a few mares and weanlings under that model at the Gold Coast (Magic Millions National Sale) and we did really well, but we only managed to buy one mare as it was a really strong sale.”

Griffin said Ella Supero fitted the Lime Country Thoroughbreds trading model.

“We were really happy to get her with two Group One winners close up in the family and being an eight-year-old with her second foal in the belly who is by a first season sire who was a champion. The Exceed And Excel factor was important for us too as a broodmare sire,” she said.

“She was a nice and correct mare and she was a good colour and I think the Vancouver mating is a good one.”

Griffin said she and her husband Greg Griffin were delighted with the way their operation was going since relocating from New Zealand.

“We are loving it. It was a big move, but we have been lucky that the farm (Think Big Stud) was established and we’ve got clients already there, with new clients joining us,” she said.

“At the farm we are sitting around 150 horses, but it is a pretty diverse operation with the breaking and pre-training barn as well as spelling.”

She indicated they would travel to the European breeding sales later this year in a bid to secure more trade mares suitable for the Australasian market.

“We will be staying in touch with those worldwide trends and be looking for new opportunities as our business continues to grow,” she said.

The last Lot of the day, five-year-old stakes-placed mare Fine Mist (Good Journey), who was offered by Lang Brothers Racing in the supplementary catalogue, was purchased by Kirkby-Miller Holdings for $160,000.

Catalogued as Lot 880, the Paul Murray-trained mare last raced in Adelaide on 20 May, having won seven of her 28 starts. She was runner up in the Denise’s Joy Stakes (Listed, 1100m) at Scone and fourth in the ATC Sapphire Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m).

Inglis Pleased With Top End Of Market

The Great Southern Sale broodmare session closed yesterday with all measures except clearance rate finishing above last year’s benchmarks, with Simon Vivian believing the Melbourne sale offers breeders the opportunity to secure strong results for high-quality mares.

“Golden Penny was a great result and even the last broodmare of the sale, Fine Mist, and without being silly, on paper was probably a $100,000 mare, but because she was such a great type she made $160,000,” Vivian said.

“The evidence is that the top end of the market has been incredibly strong and what we are proving that when the product gets presented to the marketplace in Melbourne we are getting results for vendors.”

Vivian said the Great Southern Sale broodmare session showed it could match it with Inglis’ Australian Broodmare Sale in Sydney and the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale if presented with the right horses.

“Generally, Melbourne has not been a strong consideration for people with these sorts of horses in the past, but what it is proving is that we get a chance we can get a result. We sold a yearling for $1,400,000 at Melbourne Premier earlier this year and the same situation has occurred here,” he said.

“If Melbourne gets the same opportunity as Sydney and the Gold Coast to offer breeding stock of adequate quality I have no doubt that the Melbourne ring can present a buying bench that is able to consume those sorts of horses.”

There were 207 broodmares sold yesterday for an aggregate of $4,084,800, up from $2,700,000 in 2016, with the average increasing to $19,733 and a median of $6,000. The clearance rate of 72 per cent was down from last year’s clearance of 79 per cent.

The fourth and final day of the Inglis Great Southern Sale starts at 11am today with the yearling and racing stock catalogue.

Sale Results
Catalogued: 316 285
Offered: 287 252
Sold: 207 (72%) 200 (79%)
Aggregate: $4,084,800 (+51%) $2,700,000
Average: $19,733 (+46%) $13,500
Median: $6,000 (+9%) $5,500
Top Lot: $460,000 $110,000

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