British bloodstock agent Angus Gold roves the world for blueblooded yearlings for his main client, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Stud, and summed up this week’s unprecedented Inglis sales: “There are more international buyers here than I have ever seen.”
Sheikh Hamdan, who raced Melbourne Cup winners At Talaq and Jeune, has been a supporter of the Hayes family, firstly with the late patriarch Colin then Peter and now David.
Gold was an absentee at last year’s Inglis sales but bought 19 yearlings in the first two sessions for $7.1 million, including four by Lonhro and More Than Ready and three by Redoute’s Choice. David Hayes will get most of the yearlings to train but so, too, will Mike de Kock, the champion South African who also has a great strike rate in Dubai. De Kock was involved with Gold during the sales and alongside him for several of his buys.
The internationals were busy at the Inglis complex with three sheikhs present – Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, who bought four lots for $1.57 million, as well as linking up with Sheikh Nasser Lootah to buy half of the $4 million Fastnet Rock x River Dove colt on Wednesday.
Dunaden’s owner Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani made his first trip to the Easter sales, buying seven fillies for $1.97 million.
Darley was also buying for Sheikh Mohammed, adding four yearlings to his huge number of home-breds for $1.27 million. They were by Darley stallions, two by Lonhro and one each by Street Cry and Shamardal.
The big newcomer was China’s Teo Ah Khing, who linked up with Coolmore to spend $2 million-plus on yearlings by Fastnet Rock for the China Horse Club.
The Queen’s racing manager, John Warren, selected Khing’s buys, and they will remain in Australia; Gai Waterhouse is likely to prepare several of them.
Khing is behind the establishment of the Tianjin Equine Culture City, and Coolmore is a partner with Khing along with the leading French breeding operation Arqana.
Tianjin will train 8000 equestrian professionals, breed 1000 stud horses, hold auctions and international and domestic professional races.
The Hong Kong buyers were on hand but the Jockey Club was restricted to five lots at the first two sessions for $1,465,000; George Moore bought four yearlings for $1.42 million. Anton Koolman was also buying for HK owners, and his five yearlings cost $1.07 million in conjunction with Hermitage Bloodstock. They will race in NSW.
The turnover on the first two days was staggering. A total of $75,310,000 (up 32 per cent) was spent and the average went up 36 per cent from $221,734 last year to $302,450.
The two stallions generating the huge dollars were naturally Coolmore’s Fastnet Rock and Arrowfield’s Redoute’s Choice, which are serving phenomenal broodmare bands in Ireland and France respectively.
Fastnet Rock had 33 sell for $21,240,000 (average of $643,636), and four of his yearlings were among the eight to fetch $1 million-plus.
Redoute’s Choice had the top-priced lot, Black Caviar’s half-brother from Helsinge, which brought $5 million. He was one of 20 yearlings by the latter which accumulated sales of $13,105,000, averaging $655,250.
Snitzel had his first $1 million yearling when Dr Edward Bateman and wife Belinda took a fancy to a colt. Snitzel’s average for nine yearlings was $352,222.
Breeders to excel included Bruce Neill’s Cressfield stud, near Scone, and Kia Ora Stud, which is owned by Malaysian billionaire Ananda Krishnan and also in the Hunter.
Cressfield had three yearlings sell for seven figures, highlighted by the River Dove colt, which sold to Emirates Park’s Trevor Lobb for $4 million. Kia Ora sold the Fastnet Rock x Dream Play colt for $1.5 million to Coolmore and the China Horse Club, and then James Bester went to $1.55 million for the filly by Fastnet Rock from Mani Bhavan.
Peter Moody signed for five lots for $2.2 million, while John Hawkes, who is in line to train the two top colts, spent $1.94 million on five lots.
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