Sam Fairgray

published: 19 Dec 2014 in Q&A

No doubt Sydney’s champion trainer Chris Waller will be foremost amongst the buyers at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale at Newmarket on February 8, 9 and 10.

In past seasons graduates of the sale have had special memories for Waller with Triple Honour being his stable’s first Group 1 winner and Pressday being his first two-year-old winner at the elite level.

Furthermore Brazen Beau is the latest of Waller’s Group 1 winners.

With more than 1,400 entries the Classic Summer Book was extended from two days to three to accommodate a catalogue of 574 lots.

In an early preview of the sale Stallions questioned Inglis’s New South Wales Bloodstock Manager Sam Fairgray about the enormous response, the representations, graduates of the sale and how the Easter Yearling Sale is shaping up.


Q.: Inglis must certainly be pleased with the Classic sale entry

A.: The entries we received for the 2015 Classic Summer Sale were well up on previous years. We have been able to keep the quality of yearlings selected to a high level with a great selection of sires including drafts by I Am Invincible (25 lots), Magic Albert (22), Choisir (13), No a Single Doubt (10), Sebring (10), Snitzel (10), Northern Meteor (7) and Stratum (6). That is all pointing towards a very good sale.


Q.: Can you pinpoint reasons for such an enthusiastic response.

A.: The Classic Summer Sale has been building momentum over the last few years. Many breeders have sold very well at the sale. With the success of progeny sold and purchased out of the sale, buyers are acknowledging the Classic Summer Book as a place to find a racetrack performer. Also moving the sale to early February has been popular with vendors and buyers alike.


Q.: What was the criteria for whittling down the numbers

A.: Our aim is always to select the best individuals for the sale. We believe in keeping the quality of yearling to a high level and we don’t just select yearlings to fill the boxes.


Q.: How many stallions are represented in the catalogue

A.: The 2015 Classic Summer Book has 108 individual sires represented. It is made up proven sires, first season sires and emerging Myboycharlie (21), Hinchinbrook (17), Duporth (12), Manhattan Rain (10), Casino Prince (9), Beneteau (6) and Reward for Effort (5).


Q.: What is the situation with first season sires

A.: The first season stallions with progeny selling this year are outstanding. We have not seen for many years such a group of brilliantly performed race horses having their progeny in the sales for the first time. First season sires represented include Dream Ahead (17), Smart Missile (14), Poets Voice (13), Uncle Mo (10), Pluck (1), Gio Ponti (6), Love Conquers All (6), Foxwedge (5), Master of Design (5), Schrapanel (5), Toorak Toff (5), Moshe (4) and Skilled (4).


Q.: Which studs will be most strongly represented

A.: It is great to see both the larger farms and the smaller breeders continuing to support this sale. This year we have moved the sale back a couple of weeks and this has been well received by our vendors. We will also have a number of New Zealand-bred yearlings selling at the Classic sale.


Q.: Who have been some of the higher profile graduates of the sale

A.: The Classic sale has a history of producing some fantastic race track performers. The most recent being the Group 1 Coolmore Stakes winner Brazen Beau, who was bought for $70,0000. Other performers from the sale of late include the $45,000 buy Peggy Jean, who won the Group 1 ATC Inglis Sires Produce Stakes and Believe Yourself ($140,000), who won the Group 2 ATC Sweet Embrace Stakes and then ran an almighty fourth in the Golden Slipper.


Q.: Do you have any early indications on how the Easter sale will shape up

A.: Entries for the Easter sale are also up on previous years. We have 47 yearlings from Group 1 winners entered along with 47 yearlings that are siblings to Group 1 winners, so it is going to be a very strong catalogue.


Q.: At what stage is the selection process

A.: We have completed our physical inspections and the catalogue will be finalized early in January


Q.: On a personal note how have you settled into Sydney

A.: To begin with leaving the country may have seemed a little daunting. However, I am thoroughly enjoying my new role with Inglis. Sydney is a great city and I have also seen a lot of New South Wales countryside. Going to the properties and seeing their management and horses is something that I have really enjoyed. It is a great industry to be involved in and there are so many great people and stories out there to enjoy. I have recently undertaken an auctioneering course and am looking forward to one day selling a yearling or two.