Demi O'Byrne: teamed up with James Bester to buy the day two top lotPICTURE: Zee
O'Byrne buys $500,000 Fastnet Rock colt
A COLT by Fastnet Rock stole the show on day two of the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale on Tuesday when purchased by international agents Demi O'Byrne and James Bester for A$500,000 (£339,940/€400,617).
Musk Creek's Fastnet Rock-Bellevue Lady colt had been very popular since arriving at the Oaklands sales complex last week and bidding was intense from the time he entered the ring.
The colt was finally knocked down to James Bester Bloodstock and Coolmore Stud's O'Byrne to end a spectacular day of trade.
The total sale gross went past A$21.4million (£14,550,000/€17,146,000), with 144 lots selling on day two for a climbing average and median of A$76,889 (£52,275/€61,606) and A$65,000 (£44,192/€52,080) respectively.
"To clear 80 per cent of the yearlings offered at a veryhandsome average is a great result for our vendors", said Inglis Melbourne director Peter Heagney.
BC3 Thoroughbreds and David Hayes Racing held the top price for the majority of the day after paying A$340,000 to purchase the Fastnet Rock-So Funny colt from Rheinwood Pastoral.
Blue Diamond-winning trainer Mick Price got the day off to a flying start purchasing the first lot into the ring, a More Than Ready-Seeking A Way colt for A$260,000.
Greg Eurell purchased Shadow Glen's colt by Sebring from Tycoon Milly for A$120,000, the same price he paid for Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker at Melbourne Premier in 2009.
Triple Crown Syndications have had plenty of success with horses purchased at Premier, such as multiple Group winner Hot Snitzel. They picked up another two yearlings today to add to the four they purchased on Monday.
Hot Snitzel's trainer Gerald Ryan was also busy adding Bellerive Stud's colt bySnitzel from Zabeel mare Zaby Zaby for A$105,000.
Fellow Sydney trainer Anthony Cummings purchased the half-brother to his recent G2 winner Upbeat from the draft of Eliza Park for A$120,000.
South African buyers purchased 11 yearlings including Form Bloodstock's Jehan Melherbe who has previously sourced Group winners Le Drakkar, Royal Chalon, King Slayer and Liancourt Rock for trainer Dean Kannemeyer from just a handful of past Melbourne Premier purchases.
Victorian trainer Robbie Griffiths has taken over as the leading buyer at the sale, having bought seven yearlings for a total of A$750,000.
"There has been a great buzz around the sale the past few days with the stronggroup of new and existing buyers all being rewarded with some fantastic types", Heagney said.
"We are thrilled to be able to offer Sacred Kingdom's brother on Wednesday on what should be anothergreat day for buyers to pick up a quality yearlings."