2017 Sydney Classic Yearling Sale

published: 08 Feb 2017 in Inglis Classic Sale 2017

WITH the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale a known hunting ground for a thoroughbred bargain, there are already plenty of success stories from the Newmarket ring to tempt buyers to head to Sydney in February. 

Caulfield trainer Mick Price is certainly glad he put his hand up and bid $100,000 to secure a Not a Single Doubt colt in 2015.

  That chestnut, racing under the name of Extreme Choice, went on to win Victoria’s biggest two year-old race, the Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1 (1200m) and more than $1.6m in stakes. That same year Darby Racing laid down just $10,000 for an All American filly who, racing as Yankee Rose, has amassed more than $2.1m with her two victories at Gr.1.

  Meanwhile, for $40,000, James Harron Bloodstock secured the I Am Invincible filly I Am a Star who was so brilliant taking on and defeating the older mares in the Myer Classic-Gr.1 at Flemington in November. She has already won more than 15 times her purchase price and of course has exciting broodmare potential.

  One of the most famous bargain stories of all time came through the Inglis Classic sale of 2001. Trainer John Symons, buying under the auspices of Macedon Lodge, was happy to forgive an imposing a Royal Academy colt a few faults at that auction. He may not have had the most perfect of legs but Symons fondly remembers noting the strength of the colt’s hindquarters and was willing to take a risk for just $9000. That horse was of course Bel Esprit, dual Gr.1 winner of more than $2m and a highly successful stallion who made history as the sire of the unbeaten superstar Black Caviar.

  In 2017 there is further incentive to shop at the Classic Sale with the implementation of the Gold Riband Session for “select yearlings with the pedigree and conformation to excel in the elite two year-old races”. Inglis will offer a $100,000 bonus, to be split between the named vendor and supplier of the session’s first stakes winner, plus there will be a $1m bonus if a Classic graduate happens to win the Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1 (1200m).

  Classic horses are also, as always, eligible for entry in the $5m Inglis Race Series.

  Book One of the 2017 Classic Yearling Sale kicks off with a Saturday evening session at the Newmarket sale yards on February 11 at 6pm, continuing on the Sunday and Monday from 10am. A catalogue of 600 yearlings has been assembled, a mixture of progeny by proven stallions and up and comers.

  For those looking for a youngster by stallions who have already proven their worth, the likes of Al Maher, Artie Schiller, Bel Esprit, Casino Prince, Charge Forward, Choisir, Darci Brahma, Exceed and Excel, Fastnet Rock, Hinchinbrook, I Am Invincible, Lonhro, Magic Albert, Magnus, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Mossman, Myboycharlie, Nicconi, Not a Single Doubt, Redoute’s Choice, Savabeel, Sebring, Snitzel, Starspangledbanner, Star Witness, Stratum, Testa Rossa and Written Tycoon are well represented.

  Also of interest are yearlings from the final crop of the wonderful stallion High Chaparral, including a son of the Gr.3-winning Centaine mare Spottswoode and a colt out of the stakes placed Danehill Dancer mare Starry Light.

  There are also yearlings by 15 first season sires, Albrecht, Camelot, Dawn Approach, Declaration of War, Dundeel, Epaulette, Eurozone, Fighting Son, Mahisara, Shamus Award, Sizzling, Spirit of Boom, The Factor, Unencumbered and Zoustar. These young sires collectively won 27 Gr.1 races.

  Several other exciting young stallions also have Classic progeny including All Too Hard, Animal Kingdom, Delago Deluxe, Dream Ahead, Excelebration, Foxwedge, Helmet, Moshe, Pierro, Poet’s Voice, Reliable Man, Smart Missile, So You Think, Super Easy and Your Song. Group-winning mares with Classic yearlings are Miss Darcey, Punch On, Fumble, Lovemelikearock, Nova Star, Oxigenada, Pimms Time, Press the Button, Pretty Pins, Rosa’s Joy, Sequential Charm, Skyerush, Te Akau Rose, Tully Thunder, Wowee, Burning Sands, Carribean Sunset, Champagne Harmony and Imananabaa.

  Several other exciting young stallions also have Classic progeny including All Too Hard, Animal Kingdom, Delago Deluxe, Dream Ahead, Excelebration, Foxwedge, Helmet, Moshe, Pierro, Poet’s Voice, Reliable Man, Smart Missile, So You Think, Super Easy and Your Song. Group-winning mares with Classic yearlings are Miss Darcey, Punch On, Fumble, Lovemelikearock, Nova Star, Oxigenada, Pimms Time, Press the Button, Pretty Pins, Rosa’s Joy, Sequential Charm, Skyerush, Te Akau Rose, Tully Thunder, Wowee, Burning Sands, Carribean Sunset, Champagne Harmony and Imananabaa.

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