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Makybe Diva: her half-sister did not reach the A$750,000 reserve


Million-dollar Redoute's filly tops at Inglis

THE First day of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale on Tuesday was topped by a A$1 million (£638,332/€727,201) Redoute's Choice filly, while the sire's half-sister to Makybe Diva did not reach her reserve. Four of the top six lots sold were by the son of Danehill and the market for fillies was strong, with six among the top ten lots.

Sold by Emirates Park, the top lot is out of the Woodman mare Schiaparelli and is closely related to Group 2 winner Rothesay, by Fastnet Rock. Schiaparelli is a winning daughter of triple Group 1 winner Canny Lass, herself sister to Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad. She was bought by Rosehill-based trainer Gerald Ryan.

The Riverman mare Tugela produced triple Melbourne Cup heroine Makybe Diva, but her eighth foal, a sister to Group 2 winner Musket and half-sister to Group 3 winner Valkyrie Diva, fell A$25,000 short of her A$750,000 (£478,892/€545,454) reserve. She was offered by Makybe Diva's owner Tony Santic of Victoria-based Makybe Stud.

French agency Chantilly Bloodstock paid A$850,000 (£542,855/€618,221) for another filly by Redoute's Choice. She is the fourth foal of triple Group 1 winner Special Harmony, a daughter of Spinning World. Special Harmony has produced Listed-winning filly Little Surfer Girl and is a half-sister to Group 2 winners Redwoldt and King Canute.

The top colt was a High Chaparral from Windsor Park Stud, New Zealand, out of the Volksraad mare Sorestan. Anton Koolman paid A$750,000 (£478,892/€545,454) for him, the joint-third top price of the day.

Sorestan is a winning half-sister to Group 3 winner Fairy Oak, also by High Chaparral, from the family of Group 1 winners Field Dancer and Just a Dancer and Group 1-placed Blanchard.

Of the 168 yearlings offered, 128 (76 per cent) were sold for an aggregate of A$31,860,000 (£20,286,577/€23,190,518), an average of A$248,906 (£158,394/€181,146) with the median at A$200,000 (£127,254/€145,607).

The average and median increased by 13 per cent and 33 per cent, though the clearance rate dropped from 83 per cent on the same day last year and total receipts were down by 5.6 per cent. The average and median are well above those from last year's whole select session, which were A$220,519 and A$160,000.





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