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Fastnet Rock all the rage at Inglis Easter sale

THE FASTNET ROCK bandwagon rolled into Sydney on Tuesday for the first session of the three-day Inglis Easter yearling sale, one of Australia's premier auctions.

The son of Danehill, who shuttles between Coolmore's bases in New South Wales and Tipperary, provided the top lot and two other yearlings who made the top five.

The sale-topper was a colt out of the Listed-placed Tale Of The Cat mare Catreign, from the family of Flying Childers Stakes winner Distinctly North.

Coolmore buyer Demi O'Byrne signed the ticket for the colt along with bloodstock agent James Bester for A$1 million (£648,848/€786,416).

Bester told "He's the best Fastnet Rock here by a long way. When I first saw him, I supposesix months ago, I said to his breeder that he is the nicest Fastnet Rock foal I've ever seen in my life.

"We bought the best at Magic Millions, we bought the best at Melbourne [Inglis Premier Sale] and we bought the best herenow."

The partnership of Bester and O'Byrne also paid A$625,000 (£405,530/€491,510) for a Fastnet Rock filly who is the first foal out of Group 1 winner Absolut Glam, while BBA Ireland went to A$650,000 for thesire's filly out of the winning Dehere mare Allegra.

Dr Edmund Bateman, who last week sold his controlling interest in Group 1 winner Foxwedge in a stallion deal reportedly worth more than A$10 million, paid A$910,000 (£590,542/€715,638) through agent James Harron for an Encosta De Lago filly out of Silver Slipper Stakes winner Amelia's Dream.

New Zealand agent Dean Hawthorne paid A$875,000 (£567,742/€688,144) for a Redoute's Choice filly out of a daughter of Australian champion filly Bravery.

David Redvers made the trip from Britain to buy three lots: an Encosta De Lago half-sister to Group 1 winner Dealer Principal for A$250,000, a Dane Shadow sisterto South Australia Derby winner Shadows In The Sun for A$225,000 and a Bernardini filly out of WATC Derby winner Grand Journey for A$210,000.

The first session saw 129 lots sold for a clearance rate of 74 per cent. Turnover was A$27,426,000 (£17,795,318/
€21,568,256) for an average of A$212,605 (£137,948/
€167,196) and median of A$160,000 (£103,815/
€125,826). The sale continues on Wednesday.




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