At a session where the average price settled at $92,000, a pair of Astern yearlings proved above average with buyers.
The best result for the son of Medaglia d’Oro came with Lot 165, a filly from the winning Duporth mare Gone To Paris who made $105,000, and was knocked down to Chinese buyer Breeze Up Bloodstock.
Gone To Paris is one of eight winners from her dam Golden Pedigree, the best of them the four-time city winner Aristocratic Miss.
Astern made a big impact on the local market when his first Australian-bred yearlings went under the hammer at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale in January, a top price of $725,000 being paid for a colt from the Anabaa mare Zimaretto, bred by Harry Mitchell.
The next highest price for an Astern yearling on day one was the $100,000 paid by Australian Bloodstock for a filly from the Stakes-winning mare Key Bar Nights offered by Divali Thoroughbreds.
The filly is a half sister to five winners including Barbed whose most significant success came in the Listed Heritage Stakes.
With two major yearling sales completed in Australasia, and Inglis Classic one day into the three-day sale, there is confidence in knowing many leading judges in the industry have purchased, or will be given an Astern yearling to train, including;
- Ciaron Maher and David Eustace
- Star Thoroughbreds and Chris Waller
- Triple Crown Syndications and Snowden Racing
- Dynamic Syndications for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott
- Prime Thoroughbreds and John Thompson
- Te Akau Racing's David Ellis for Jamie Richards
- Johnny McKeever and Andy Pang for Bjorn Baker
- James Harron Bloodstock
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