Premier had Caviar on the menu

published: 18 Feb 2015 in Sale previews

TIME passes quickly in horse racing. Unbeaten Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) put the Inglis Premier sale on the map with her racetrack efforts, 25 wins, 15 at Gr.1 level and earnings of almost $8m, before her retirement in April 2013; but a sale can’t rest on one horse, and Inglis Premier keeps delivering. At the same sale as Black Caviar, a chestnut colt named Starspangledbanner (Choisir) also sold.

​​An international Gr.1 winner, Starspangledbanner is now a young sire sensation, despite fertility problems, with juvenile Gr.1 winner The Wow Signal and Royal Ascot-Gr.2 winner Anthem Alexander in his first northern hemisphere crop of just 32 foals. His first Australian crop has already delivered a two yearold stakes winner, Of The Brave, this season. In the year following Black Caviar, buyers had the chance to purchase a Cox Plate winner (Pinker Pinker), a Caulfield Cup winner (Fawkner, bought for $70,000 and has earned more than $3.4m) and the South African Fillies Triple Crown winner Igugu.

Enough of history though, how about now? This sale keeps on producing quality horses, with last year’s sale already featuring a juvenile stakes winner in the exciting Fontiton. The current crop of three year-olds from the 2013 sale includes a two year-old Gr.1 winner in South Africa, Alboran Sea. By Rock of Gibraltar, she was sold by Rosemont Stud for $105,000 and missed being awarded the South African 2YO Filly of the Year in controversial circumstances.

Other recent classic winners to graduate from Inglis Premier in the past few years include two South Australian Derby winners, Choisir’s gelded son Kushadasi ($100,000 purchase with earnings of $509,000) and Casino Prince’s son Escado (passed in), as well as the winner of last season’s NZ 1000 Guineas in Encosta de Lago’s daughter Costa Viva ($90,000 purchase). Snitzel’s daughter Snitzerland, a $125,000 purchase in 2011, showed her class early running second to Pierro in the Golden Slipper, and won the Lightning Stakes this spring to put a Gr.1 to her name as well as bringing her earnings to nearly $2m.

The people’s star Trust in a Gust (Keep the Faith) who won two Gr.1 races over the spring carnival was purchased at this sale for just $45,000. The chestnut colt, sold by Swettenham Stud, has won 10 of his 17 starts and more than $1.1m for his huge group of owners. He is proving to be a great example of how horse racing can bring people together for a small initial investment.

Other Group winners from the 2013 sale include $1m earner Eloping (withdrawn), and two South African Gr.3 winners in Rich Girl ($11,000 purchase who also ran second to fellow graduate Alboran Sea in the two year-old Allan Robertson Championship-Gr.1) and Gr.3 winner The Conglomerate ($160,000 purchase who has won four of his seven starts).

The now popular Blue Riband session for yearlings with staying potential will commence around two hours into the Monday session (which starts at 10.30am) and has 53 yearlings to choose from by well credentialled sires, both proven and promising. Australian racing could certainly do with a number of initiatives to re-establish the classic and stamina end of the aptitudinal spectrum, the Blue Riband session is a very positive step in the right direction.

Starspangledbanner is just one sire story from this sale. Another is Turffontein, who was sold at this sale in 2006 and went on to Gr.1 success before going to stud. His story continues now with his first two stakes winners both graduating from this sale, and both in this season. They are Edward Manifold Stakes-Gr.2 winner Fontein Ruby ($50,000 purchase with earnings topping $740,000), and juvenile stakes winner Fontiton ($100,000 purchase with earnings of $173,000 from just one race day appearance). Interestingly both are out of Rubiton mares. Turffontein, who stands at Blue Gum Farm, has 10 yearlings on offer this year.

This sale has shown consistent growth, with the price increases in both average and median reflecting the continuity of good horses graduating from Inglis Premier. In 2015, there are 623 yearlings catalogued in Premier One, with and a further 159 yearlings in Premier Two. The average for Premier One last year was a touch over $83,000 with a median on $65,000; and Premier Two results were up 11% on 2013 with an average of nearly $31,000.

Also, of course, all yearlings that go through the ring at Inglis Premier in Melbourne are eligible for the $5m Inglis Race Series spread across 14 races, as well as four black type races; $400,000 Inglis Guineas for three year-olds at Scone, $250,000 Inglis Premier for two year-olds at Sandown, $250,000 Inglis Nursery for juveniles at Randwick and the $250,000 Inglis Banner for two year-olds at Moonee Valley.

There is a wide variety for buyers to select from with 106 sires represented, from leading proven stallions such as Fastnet Rock (19 yearlings), Redoute’s Choice (6), Snitzel (24), Exceed and Excel (11), Bel Esprit (19), Choisir (21), Commands (4), I Am Invincible (4), Lonhro (3), More Than Ready (6), Northern Meteor (11), Not a Single Doubt (13), Savabeel (18), Sebring (21), Stratum (14), Reset (11), as well as recently deceased sires O’Reilly (4) and High Chaparral (21).

In addition, there are 22 freshman sires with progeny here, in order of yearlings represented: Helmet (32), Smart Missile (25), Foxwedge (19), Master of Design (19), Canford Cliffs (18), So You Think (18), Toorak Toff (18), Sepoy (13), Dream Ahead (9), Pour Moi (5), Skilled (5), Anacheeva (4), Uncle Mo (4), Cape Blanco (3), Gio Ponti (3), Moshe (3), Zoffany (3), Jimmy Choux (2), Poet’s Voice (2), Ilovethiscity (1), Pluck (1), Trusting (1).

What about the other side of the pedigree equation? Group winning dams with progeny represented include Gr.1 winner Aqua d’Amore, Gr.1 winner Dane Julia, Gr.1 winner Imananabaa, Gr.2 winner Fire Song, Gr.2 winner The Miniver Rose and Gr.2 winner Trick of Light. There are full and half-siblings to Gr.1 winners Bel Sprinter, Amicus, Douro Valley, Zipping, Trust in a Gust, HK-Gr.1 Liberator, Zip Zip Aray, Bentley Biscuit and Dealer Principal and Gr.2 winners Unpretentious, Arinosa, Fontein Ruby, Arabian Gold, Carrara and Set for Fame. The sale will be held at Oaklands on March 1-4, 2015.​

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by Choisir - Gold Anthem, by Made of Gold


Ch. 1999
GW 7 wins
f:1462 r:1241 w:778 SW:63
  Danehill Dancer
B. 1993
GW 4 wins
f:2276 r:2029 w:1345 SW:158
B. 1986
GW 4 wins
f:2413 r:2075 w:1626 SW:347
  Danzig 1 Northern Dancer   Nearctic 14
  Natalma 2
  Pas de Nom   Admiral's Voyage 4
  Petitioner 7
  Razyana   His Majesty   Ribot 4
  Flower Bowl 4
1 Spring Adieu   Buckpasser 1
  Natalma 2
  Mira Adonde
B or Br. 1986
f:10 r:9 w:7 SW:4
  Sharpen Up   Atan   Native Dancer 5
  Mixed Marriage 2
  Rocchetta   Rockefella 7
  Chambiges 5
  Lettre d'Amour   Caro   Fortino 4
  Chambord 3
  Lianga   Dancer's Image 4
  Leven Ones 22
  Great Selection
Ch. 1990
Wnr 1 win
f:4 r:4 w:3 SW:1
Ch. 1970
GW 3 wins
f:606 r:519 w:380 SW:32
  Silly Season   Tom Fool   Menow 8
  Gaga 3
  Double Deal   Straight Deal 1
  Nonats 1
  Great Occasion   Hornbeam   Hyperion 6
  Thicket 1
  Golden Wedding   Sunny Brae 3
  Flighty Falls 7
  Pensive Mood
Ch. 1983
Wnr 4 wins
f:4 r:4 w:4
  Biscay   Star Kingdom   Stardust 16
  Impromptu 1
  Magic Symbol   Makarpura 22
  Magic Wonder 2
  Staid   Minor Portion   Major Portion 8
  Light Comment 3
  Straightlaced   Jambo 9
  Stayput 8
Ch. 1999
SP 2 wins
f:9 r:7 w:6 SW:1
  Made Of Gold
Ch. 1989
GW 5 wins
f:486 r:436 w:300 SW:17
  Green Forest
Ch. 1979
GW 5 wins
f:562 r:305 w:223 SW:29
  Shecky Greene   Noholme   Star Kingdom 1
  Oceana 1
  Lester's Pride   Model Cadet 2
  Meadow Flower 13
  Tell Meno Lies   The Axe   Mahmoud 9
  Blackball 1
  Filatonga   Count Of Honor 1
  Blarney Castle 8
B. 1974
f:10 r:6 w:2 SW:2
  Roi Dagobert   Sicambre   Prince Bio 1
  Sif 7
  Dame d'Atour   Cranach 12
  Barley Corn 8
  Heavenly Body   Dark Star   Royal Gem 1
  Isolde 3
  Dangerous Dame   Nasrullah 9
  Lady Kells 21
  National Song
Ch. 1992
f:13 r:10 w:7
Ch. 1966
GW 12 wins
f:631 r:498 w:395 SW:46
  Wilkes   Court Martial   Fair Trial 9
  Instantaneous 1
  Sans Tares   Sind 14
  Tara 13
  Elated   Orgoglio   Nasrullah 9
  Orienne 23
  Rarcamba   Helios 20
  Denis Pop A10
  Olympic Aim
Ch. 1983
Wnr 4 wins
f:8 r:8 w:6 SW:2
  Zamazaan   Exbury   Le Haar 20
  Greensward 2
  Toyama   Tulyar 22
  Rose O'Lynn 7
  Gold Vink   Gold Sovereign   Grey Sovereign 6
  Swift Gold 14
  Goudvink   Dogger Bank 8
  Nola 22

Star Kingdom (IRE) 1946 : 5m x 6m

Natalma (USA) 1957 : 6m 6f x
Nasrullah (GB) 1940 : x 6f 6m