Darley’s younger brigade again grabbed the attention at the final Book One session of the Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney, thanks this time to Kermadec.
Following on from the good prices achieved by Brazen Beau, Astern, Shooting To Win and Hallowed Crown, Kermadec stepped forward with a colt from the Stravinsky mare Vinsky from the draft of NZ seller Wentwood Grange making $100,000
The colt who is closely related to the city winners Awesome Bro and Muzdaher caught the attention of one of Australia’s more astute yearling buyers John Foote.
He was one of three Kermadec yearlings to make six figures, the others being Lot 143, a colt from the Encosta De Lago mare Fields of Freedom who sold for $105,000 and Lot 254, a colt from Lighthouse Flame (Fastnet Rock), who made $100,000.
Their buyers included such notable judges as trainers Ciaron Maher and Joe Pride, as well as Foote.
The Classic sale also confirmed the demand for Darley’s second-crop Australian stallions Brazen Beau, Hallowed Crown and Shooting To Win and for the first cop of Astern who has created a big impression both at home and in the United States.
Brazen Beau provided a preview of what is in store as the sale season continues with next month’s Inglis Premier sale in Melbourne, which he topped last year and the Inglis Sydney Easter sale where his first million-dollar yearling sold last Easter.
The highest-priced achieved among Brazen Beau’s four yearlings to sell at the Classic Sale was a filly from the Stratum mare Mean Louise who made $220,000 on Day Two.
The filly, out of a three-quarter sister to the four-time G1 winner Streama, was offered by KBL Thoroughbreds and purchased by Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida.
With a series of good recent results on the racetrack to boost his stocks, Shooting To Win proved popular, his top-priced lot a colt from the unraced Stratum mare Medusa, knocked down to Insurance Direct for $180,000.
Offered by Torryburn Stud as Lot 295, the colt is a half-brother to the city winners San Francisco and Cotton Fields and is from the family of the UK Stakes winner and sire, True Hero.
Hallowed Crown’s best was Lot 514 from the Gooree Park Stud draft, a filly from the Stakes-winning Strategic Maneuver mare Tempt Me Not, who made $165,000 to the bid of Sydney trainer John O’Shea.
In the opening session, his colt from Lycra Lass offered by Twin Hills Stud was knocked down to trainer John Morrissey for $155,000 helping Hallowed Crown’s average from his four yearlings sold to $118,750.
Hallowed Crown has sired 28 individual winners, half of them having won in the first month of 2020.
As he did at last month’s Magic Millions sale, Astern commanded plenty of attention with a pair of six-figure sales on Day One.
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.
The next highest price for an Astern yearling 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.
Book One of the Classic sale grossed $41.7 million, achieving an average of $88,000 and a clearance rate of 84 per cent.