Lucques Tops Racing Stock Session On The Final Day Of Inglis Great Southern Sale
Six-time winning gelding Lucques (High Chaparral) topped the racing stock session on the fourth and final day of the Inglis Great Southern Sale at the Oaklands complex in Melbourne yesterday after trainer Eric Musgrove went to $160,000 to secure the five-year-old from the Contract Racing Pty Ltd draft.
Catalogued as Lot 832, the five-year-old gelding has won six of his 32 career starts for co-trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra, including eight times at stakes level, where his best performances were a pair of fourth place finishes in the Bagot Handicap (Listed, 2800m) and the Night Cup (Listed, 2500m) earlier this season.
Musgrove told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday that he had been watching the gelding throughout his career and was very keen to buy him.
“I’ve been watching his races for a while. He’s a nice horse and he’s only young and I think there is still a bit of improvement in him. I knew he was coming up for sale so I had him vetted early I did my homework, it was enough money for him but I’m quite happy with him,” he said.
Musgrove is predominantly known for his exploits as a trainer over the jumps, and he said in time Lucques would also be headed over the obstacles.
“He’ll do a bit of both. He’ll stay on the flat and we’ll train him how to jump as well, which he will be aimed at next year. He has no owners as yet.”
By the late coolmore shuttler High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells), Lucques is out of the Group One-placed mare Picholine (Dehere), making the gelding a half-brother to dual Group One winner Rebel Raider (Reset) and Listed winners Shamoline Warrior (Shamardal) and Cadillac Mountain (Reset) and the dam of Listed winner Haybah (More Than Ready).
Further back he is from the same family as Group Three winner Jungle Edge (Dubawi) and stakes winners Tropic Thunder (More Than Ready), Brief Kiss (Brief Truce) and Blueberry Hill (Myboycharlie).
Earlier on in the day, Lindsay Park-trained Angasi (Street Boss), who was catalogued as Lot 827, was purchased by Belmont Bloodstock agency for $110,000.
The daugher of Street Boss (Street Cry), who was purchased by Lindsay Park Bloodstock at the $160,000 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in 2015 from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft, won two of her nine career starts when trained by Lindsay Park and she is out of the unraced Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare, Teneales Pearl.
Teneales Pearl has produced four foals and all four have been winners, with her progeny headed by stakes winner and Group Two-placed gelding Shoreham (Reset).
Meanwhile, her grand dam is the stakes winner Hysterical (Wolverton), who produced four winners, including stakes winner Hy Fuji (Fuji Kiseki), the dam of dual Group One winner Kermadec (Teofilo) and dams of Liverpool City Cup (Gr 3, 1300m) winner Triple Elegance (Mossman) and stakes winner At The Heads (Hussonet).
Lindsay Park’s Jason Timperley told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday that the figure paid for the mare was well above what he had expected her to make.
“We were very pleased,” said Timperley. “It just shows how valuable well-bred fillies are at sales and they have good residual value once their racing days are over. She only had moderate success, but she’s a good looking filly and she sold very well.”
“It was about 50 per cent above what he expected her to make, so we were very pleased.”
Lindsay Park finished the day as the leading vendors after they sold 16 lots for a total aggregate of $465,250 at an average price of $29,078.
The second highest-price from their draft was dual-winning mare Perfectly Safe (Exceed And Excel), who was purchased by Randwick Bloodstock for $77,500.
Perfectly Safe, catalogued as Lot 914, is out of unraced mare Refuge (Sadler’s Wells), herself out of Group Three winner Narwala (Darshaan) and of her eight foals to race all have been winners. These include Group Two winner Affidavit (Affirmed) and stakes winners Tea Garden (Barathea), Altamura (El Gran Senor) and Nalani (Sadler’s Wells), Refuge’s sister.
Refuge is also a half-sister to the dams of Group Three winner Maiden Tower (Groom Dancer) and Listed winner Penglai Pavilion (Monsun).
Timperley, again said he had not been expecting her to make that much: “Perfectly Safe, who sold for $77,500, was probably more than what we were expecting as well,” he said.
“It’s clearly a good time of year to cash in with these fillies just, prior to the breeding season. It really does show how robust the market is for broodmares at the moment.”
In 2015, Perfectly Safe was purchased by Lindsay Park Bloodstock for $120,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the Basinghall Farm draft.
One-time winner Mutin (Sepoy), catalogued as Lot 828, who was consigned by Lindsay Park, will stay in training with the operation under new ownership, after he was purchased by Riyue Trading, who was working on behalf of Yulong Investments.
The top lot of the yearling session yesterday was a colt by Fastnet Rock (Danehill) after he was purchased for $67,000 by B McCarthy Jnr from the Uluru Stud draft.
Catalogued as Lot 763, is out of Hot Summer Night (Fusaichi Pegaus), who was placed at three. The colt is her second foal.
The colt’s third dam is Shantha’s Choice (Canny Lad), who produced the Arrowfield Stud stallion Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) and Group One winners and now sires Platinum Scissors (Danehill) and Manhattan Rain (Encosta De Lago).
Shantha’s Choice also foaled Group Three winner Sliding Cube (Rock Of Gibraltar), the dam of Group Two winner and the Coolmore Stud-based first season sire Rubik (Encosta De Lago).
Uluru Stud finished leading vendors of the yearling session after they sold two lots for an aggregate of $68,400 at an average of $34,200.
The racing stock session finished with a 97 per cent clearance rate, with a total aggregate of $1,476,300, which was down 43.3 per cent on last year’s corresponding session where the sale finished with an overall spend of $2,598,600. The average dropped 6.7 per cent, having been up at $16,658 last year, while this year it was slightly down at $15,540. However, the median sat at $7,000 a massive 40 per cent leap on last year’s session.
At the close of trade, of the four-day sale Inglis reported that over 650 weanlings, broodmares, racing stock and unbroken stock had been sold over the past four days.
The sale ended with a gross of $15,119,500, a 13 per cent increase on last year and 78 per cent higher than the 2015 edition of the sale.
Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian told ANZ Bloodstock News that he was pleased with the overall results.
“It’s been a really, really good four days of selling. Overall, I’m really happy with the way it’s gone,” he said.
“The Melbourne market is quite extraordinary when it comes to the selling of racehorses, the horses with good solid form were very sought after and it pretty much topped off four very successful days of trade.
After being disappointed with the 72 per cent clearance rate during the Select Weanling session, on the first day of the sale, Vivian said that with some private sales that has now risen to just under 80 per cent.
“The clearance rate now for the select session weanlings has risen up to just under 80 per cent, I’m delighted with that now,” he said.
“Obviously as an auctioneer you would prefer to get the clearances done through the ring, but the important thing for us to get the horses sold, but there has been some good private sales.
“The broodmares were a little like the first session of the select weanlings, the better mares were in demand but lesser quality mares were just a little harder to sell.
“Twenty-five lots sold for in excess of $100,000, indicating the significant increase in the quality of lots presented by our vendors. This resulted in unprecedented support from a wide national and international buying bench.
“It is also very pleasing to see the clearance rate for the select weanling session get up to nearly 80 per cent and today’s racing stock session clearing over 97 per cent.’’
Racing Stock Stats
Catalogued: 122 197
Offered: 98 161
Sold: 95 (97%) 156 (97%)
Aggregate: $1,476,300 (-43.3%) $2,598,600
Average: $15,540 (-6.7%) $16,658
Median: $7,000 (+40%) $5,000
Top Lot: $160,000 $310,000
Yearling Stats *no corresponding session last year
Sold: 22 (71%)
Top Lot: $67,000
Catalogued: 940 905
Offered: 833 788
Sold: 661 (79%) 668 (85%)
Aggregate: $15,169,500 (+14.4%) $13,250,000
Average: $22,949 (+15.6%) $19,835
Median: $9,000 $9,000
Top Lot: $460,000 $310,000
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