A Street Boss filly rated the equal of any in the sale and a string of Teofilo yearlings who maintained their sire’s renowned consistency ensured the Darley stallions remained in the spotlight at Monday’s second session of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
For Street Boss, a filly from the winning Fastnet Rock mare Lotta Sugar topped his sale offering at the $320,000 paid by local trainer Henry Dwyer.
“She’s an ideal type, as good as any I’ve seen at a sale that has traditionally produced some great horses,” Dwyer said.
The filly offered by Newhaven Park boasts a strong American pedigree that includes the G1 winner Centralintelligence, the G2 winner Fantasticat and their dam Lotta Dancing, a Stakes winner of seven races.
She also completed a strong week for her sire whose eight to sell averaged $166,250 at a sale where the overall average came in at just under $130,000.
Like Street Boss, whose popularity was no doubt enhanced by the recent performances in Melbourne of his star juvenile Hanseatic, Teofilo has both a long history of southern-hemisphere success and prominent recent winners to boost his local image.
Three of his five yearlings to sell at the Premier Sale went to buyers from Hong Kong where his celebrated son Exultant is a multiple G1 winner,
In Australia Teofilo’s reputation is carried high by Godolphin’s English-trained Melbourne Cup champion Cross Counter and such local G1 winners as Happy Clapper, Humidor, Palentino and the Darley stallion Kermadec.
Teofilo’s top lot for Book One of the sale came at Monday’s opening session when his colt from the Street Cry mare Andes made $460,000. A further day one purchase, a colt from the Zabeel mare Zanova, was nocked down to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $330,000.
Among his offering today, a colt from the Al Samer mare Melodramatic fetched $160,000 and another colt from the Pivotal mare Pipette made the same price, both going to the Hong Kong-based Magnus Equine.
Among other notable day-two sales featuring Darley stallions, Exceed And Excel’s filly from the Charge Forward mare Swaane made $350,000, his fifth yearling for the week to fetch $200,000 or more, while Brazen Beau achieved his best result with a filly from the winning Lonhro mare Rheinfels making $260,000.
Also in demand was Kermadec who colt from Panacaea made $220,000, an Exosphere colt from Rapala sold for $155,000 to Singapore trainer Michael Clements and Victorian trainer Simon Wilde paid $145,00 for an Astern filly offered by Yarraman Park.
As heartening as any aspect of the sale for Darley was the acceptance of the new addition to its Australian roster, Territories, whose three lots offered in Book One, all on day one, sold at an average of $223,333, making him the sale’s leading first-season sire.
Godolphin Australia Managing Director Vin Cox pointed out the merit in the result for a stallion who stood his first Australian season at a service fee of $22,000.
"It’s quite outstanding, you don’t see those sort of returns particularly off a stallion which is off a low base," Cox said.