A Tale Of The Cat filly from Zakuro(Lot 211) is the new top-priced lot of the 2012 Classic Yearling Sale after she was knocked down to Les Bridge and Kim Harding for $120,000 on Monday.¬†The half-sister to Randwick winner Zak, also trained by Bridge, was offered at the sale by Crowning Stone of Scone.
Choisir was selected from Classic as a yearling for just $55,000 before going onto Group 1 success at Flemington and Royal Ascot, and his filly ¬†from Tagine (Lot 157) was picked up by Lockyer Thoroughbreds for $110,000 making her the second highest priced lot at the sale so far.
Ready's Image - Topsinga colt
BC3 Thoroughbreds was extended to $100,000 to secure Lincoln Farm’s Ready’s Image – Topsinga colt (Lot 177) and Brett Howard’s Randwick Bloodstock saw off all the competition to purchase the Henrythenavigator – Coffee Shop filly (Lot 315) for $90,000 from Amarina Farm.
154 yearlings sold to gross $4.94 million on Monday and five yearlings selling for $100,000 or more.¬†”Classic has a great record of producing top class gallopers by young sires and it was very pleasing to see the progeny of first season sires such as Ready’s Image and Henrythenavigator being so sought after alongside the proven sires today,‚Äù said Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster.
“Vendors have done a fantastic job presenting their yearlings in brilliant fashion and with the knowledge that Group One winners have been purchased at all different levels at Classic it has been great to see so many loyal buyers from around the region back buying at the sale,‚Äù said Inglis Auctioneer Jonathan D’Arcy
The first-crop yearlings by Ready‚Äôs Image (USA) are proving popular with a colt fetching US$150,000 when sold at Fasig-Tipton‚Äôs Saratoga 2011 New York Bred Preferred Yearling Sale recently.¬†Offered as Hip 399, the dark bay/brown colt was consigned by Thorndale Farm (as agent) and bought by Nick de Meric, principal of one of North America‚Äôs leading Horses-in-Training vendors based at Ocala, Florida.
Meric‚Äôs purchase was produced by an unraced daughter of Storm Creek, a sire-son of Storm Cat. Close-up in the female family is the US Grade 3 winning Tale of the Cat racemare Feline Story.
The Fasig-Tipton auction house also sold a daughter of Ready‚Äôs Image for US$80,000 at its July Yearling Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. The first-crop daughter was presented for sale by Oak Lodge USA LLC Agent and became the property of Winsong Farm, Canada.
Only three Ready‚Äôs Image yearlings have so far been offered at public in North America in 2011, the third passing-in for US$147,000 in July. Consequently, the young sire-son of More Than Ready currently enjoys a 2011 yearling sale average of US$115,000.
Ready‚Äôs Image is due to begin his third stud season in Australia at Nick Posa’s Lincoln Farm at Blandford in the Hunter Valley at a fee of $6600 (inc GST).