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A$2m mare Sun Classique stars at Inglis

SUN CLASSIQUE, who took the 2008 Sheema Classic for trainer Mike De Kock, stole the show when entering the ring on day three of the Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare, though she failed to reach her reserve, selling outside the ring for A$2 million (£1,111,111/€1,255,556) to Patinack Farm.

The six-year-old Fuji Kiseki mare was also a triple Grade 1 winner in South Africa, and her dam Elfenjer was sold at this very sale in 2003 - carrying Sun Classique - for A$32,500 (£18,056/€20,403). She is in foal to Oasis Dream.

Group 1 winner Bel Mer commanded the greatest price of those sold in the ring, again to Patinack Farm, who paid A$1,050,000 (£583,333/€659,167) for the daughter of Bel Esprit.

Bel Mer was sold in foal to More Than Ready, and joins Serious Speed, Readyor and She Will Be Loved in the hands of Patinack, who each cost Nathan Tinkler's operation more than A$500,000 at the sale.

Bowden Bloodstock went to A$950,000 (£527,778/€596.389) for Snowland's Group 1 winning daughter Absolut Glam who is carrying to Fastnet Rock.

Inglis managing director Mark Webster said: "It was pleasing to see the buying bench actively competing for the top lots today and overall it has been a very strong sale.

"Once again, the value of fillies off the track has been highlighted via the likes of Bel Mer, Absolut Glam and Serious Speed.

"I think this week's sale is a healthy sign for the industry, with breeders keen to secure quality mares ahead of this year's breeding season."


Lot 677 consigned by Widden Stud
Sun Classique ch m Fuji Kiseki - Eljenfer
in foal to Oasis Dream
bought by Patinack Farm (privately), A$2,000,000

Lot 570 consigned by Vinery Stud
Bel Mer b m Bel Esprit - Drop Anchor
in foal to More Than Ready
bought by Patinack Farm, A$1,050,000

Lot 522 consigned by Yarraman Park Stud
Absolut Glam ch m Snowland - Pine Away
in foal to Fastnet Rock
bought by Bowden Global Bloodtsock, A$950,000




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