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Zabeel filly tops Inglis final day

A ZABEEL filly consigned by Rich Hill Thoroughbreds on behalf of breeder Scott Williams stole the show on the final day of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Lakeview Resources went to A$1,300,000 (£722,222/€816,111) to secure the half-sister to Group 1 South Australia Derby/Schweppes Stakes winner Zarita, Group 2 winner Run Like The Wind, and Joy And Fun, a black type winner in Hong Kong.

Peter Carrick of Lakeview Resources described her as "without doubt, the filly of the sale", which supported by the fact that she was the highest-priced filly of the sale, with only the first day's Redoute's Choice colt out of Regrowth selling for more, making A$1,875,000 (£1,041,666/€1,177,083).


"Once you have your mind made up onwhat you want it doesn't matter what you pay in the end. Whether this filly is successful in racing, she is going to be a classic broodmare," he said.

"Lee Freedman introduced the horse to me. We have been looking for a serious broodmare page and this was just a stand out."

The filly was Rich Hill's first million dollar yearling.

Second top on the final day was lot 342, a Fastnet Rock colt out of the Listed-placed Forest Native, from the family of the high-class Count The Time, knocked down for A$925,000 (£513,889/€580,694) to De Burgh Equine Co.

The leading vendor at the sale was Coolmore, who sold 35 of their 40 yearlings offered, for an aggregate just falling short of A$10,000,000. Hawkes Racing was the biggest aggregate spender, with receipts totaling A$4,085,000, while Kitchwin Hills signed for the sale-topper.

Mark Webster, managing director of Inglis, said: "Overall we are down 8% on last year and while it's not what we might have hoped for, it's not too bad given we still had an average topping $220,000.

"It's a sale where you could say buyers won on some lots and vendors won on others, so I think it's been a fair sale in that regard.

"It's a totally different mix in terms of the buyer line up for this sale than we had two years ago. Our leading buyer this year spent $4million, but in 2008 we had two buyers spend $40million between them.

"I think it is a challenge for not just Inglis as a sales company, but for the industry as a whole to find new buyers who are prepared to buy at the top end of the market."

The sale registered an aggregate of A$5.924million (£3,291,111/€3,718,956), up 15% on last year and the A$77,947 (£43,304/€48,933)average was 18.5% above 2009 figures.


Lot 448 Rich Hill Thoroughbreds
B f Zabeel - Gin Player
Bought by Lakeview Rescources A$1,300,000

Lot 432 Luskin Park Stud
Bc Fastnet Rock - Forest Native
Bought by De Burgh Equine Co A$925,000

Lot 444 Coolmore Stud
B c Tale Of The Cat - Gee I Jane
Bought by Patinck Farm A$800,000





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