Opportunities For Greatness
The world's highest rated horse Frankel has 5 Easter yearlings

The Inglis Easter Yearling Sale is a celebration, both of the world-class bloodstock that is produced in Australia and New Zealand, and the subsequent opportunities for greatness that are available for all buyers in the first week of April. Ideally situated between days One and Two of The Championships, the sale assembles thoroughbred enthusiasts of all levels by offering the finest yearlings available for sale in the Southern Hemisphere.

580 fillies and colts of outstanding quality make up the 2016 Easter catalogue. 56 individual sires are represented, featuring the best types and crosses from each of Australia’s headline stallions including Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Snitzel, Street Cry, Redoute’s Choice, High Chaparral, Exceed And Excel, More Than Ready, and I Am Invincible. These sires have been present in the pedigrees of many of Australia’s recent racetrack champions, however another sire that has been attracting strong interest has a select group of five for sale at Easter.

Undefeated dual world champion Frankel is a name is already synonymous with greatness in the Northern Hemisphere. Three fillies and two colts bred with the Easter sale in mind will offer buyers the first opportunity in Australia to align themselves with this icon.

Cressfield Stud will offer a filly out of a stakes-producing half-sister to Might And Power (Lot 217), and a colt out of a Group 2-winning half-sister to Nom De Jeu (Lot 357). The first foals from Group 1 winner Chocolicious (Lot 237) and Group 2 winner More Strawberries (Lot 423) will be offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds and Strawberry Hill Stud respectively, while a sister to Group 1-placed Kiyoshi out of Mocca will be offered by Widden Stud (Lot 417).

Joining Frankel are eight other sires to present the best progeny from their first crops at Easter in 2016. Champion Two-Year-Old Pierro is the most-represented first season sire with 41 yearlings in the catalogue, followed closely by Champion Three-Year-Old All Too Hard. Himself an Easter graduate, the half-brother to Black Caviar is represented by 37 incredible yearlings. Two notable colts from the first Australian crop of European Group 1 producing sire Dalakhani are also generating significant interest ahead of the sale.

Complementing the sire strength are the progeny of 43 Group 1 winning mares, and more than 140 siblings to stakes winners including Able Friend, Winx, Lankan Rupee, Dissident, Fawkner, Sacred Star and Luger, which were all ranked among the World’s Best Racehorses in 2015. Also included are yearlings from the families of recent Group 1 performers Palentino, Flying Artie, Preferment, Terravista, First Seal, Hucklebuck, and Zamzam to name a few.

The Easter sale in 2016 will again provide all buyers with a range of yearlings to suit their needs, recognising the variety of success that can be achieved with these extraordinary athletes. Recent prizemoney increases in Australia add more appeal to the opportunities Easter presents, while graduates continue to deliver exceptional residual value in the breeding barn.

Two of this season’s most exciting two-year-olds, Flying Artie and Selina, were purchased for $50,000 and $30,000 respectively at the Easter sale last year and both are headed towards the world’s richest two-year-old race. Selenia’s trainer Robbie Griffiths is just one of a large syndicate of owners who are looking ahead to a big autumn, while Flying Artie’s part-owner Paul Whelan is very glad he diversified into buying a colt at last year’s sale. Te Akau Racing have also realised success with their 2015 purchase, Sassy ‘n’ Smart. The filly, which was the first stakes winner for her sire Smart Missile, was purchased for $150,000.

A future in the breeding barn is a certainty for fillies Selenia and Sassy ‘n’ Smart, along with other recent black-type winners Heatherly ($90,000), Scratchy Bottom ($120,000) and Group 1 winner Politeness ($115,000), which have each already delivered handsomely on their owners’ investments.  

For those looking to turnover a profit even earlier, Easter yearlings have provided healthy returns to pinhookers in recent years, including the second top priced two-year-old at the 2015 Inglis Ready2Race Sale for Muskoka Farm ($280,000) which they purchased for $100,000. Diamond Lodge and Lyndhurst Farm also enjoyed earnings from two-year-old sales of up to four times their Easter yearling price.

Further afield, The Barrister began his career as an $110,000 Easter buy for his trainer Jason Warren. A successful two-year-old career netted more than his purchase price for his owners before a lucrative offer saw him sold to Hong Kong interests.

The 2016 catalogue is again full of opportunities for buyers at every level with every type of goal. All are welcome at Newmarket to experience the sale, with parades kicking off around Tuesday 29 March at Newmarket. Email catalogue@inglis.com.au to request a hard copy catalogue, or call Inglis in Sydney on +61 2 9399 7999. The catalogue is also available for viewing online HERE or download it on the Inglis Sales iPad App.