Vinery Stud’s dedicated team have returned home to the Hunter Valley well pleased with returns from the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale this week.
A total of 6 lots averaged $230,000 and there was more good news from other vendors who sold the progeny of Vinery sires All Too Hard and More Than Ready at Riverside Stables.
All Too Hard averaged $249,000 on a 100% clearance rate and More Than Ready averaged $191,000 for 10 sales during the blue-chip auction.
Topping the Vinery draft was the I Am Invincible colt from NZ-bred mare Liten Prinsessa. He was purchased by agent Kevin Connolly for Keyhinge Vietnam owner Y P Cheng for $580,000. Mr Cheng is best known in Australia through Northern Drake (Caulfield Guineas Gr.1) and Zadok (Black Opal Stakes Gr.2) who he raced under the Domeland banner.
Vinery Bloodstock Manager Adam White described the I Am Invincible colt as a ‘stand-out’ and Conolly agreed after getting the better of a bidding duel with Lindsay Park. “He’s a lovely individual and we were happy to get him at that price,” Connolly said. “He will be trained by John O’Shea.”
Next best on the Vinery leader-board was the Medaglia d’Oro colt out of Scandiva (Magic Night Stakes Gr.2). Agent Andrew Williams bought him for $400,000 on behalf of Rifa Mustang and Lindsay Park.
“We were gutted to miss out on the I Am Invincible colt but we reloaded and are more than happy to be taking home the Medaglia d’Oro,” Williams said. “It’s a very fast family and he’s a particularly sharp type with a profile that fits the pedigree.”
Vinery sold him as agent for Dorrington Farm owner Rob Crabtree and there’s Group 1 speed right down the page to Black Caviar and her half-brother All Too Hard.
All Too Hard enjoyed a superb sale with Cressfield’s filly from Shoboard (Lot 262) knocked down to Team Hawkes for $380,000. His Kia Ora Stud colt out of Zarinia (Lot 341) wasn’t far behind with a $350,000 bid from Orbis Bloodstock.
More Than Ready also had two yearlings in the same price range. Kitchwin Hills sold his filly from Rare Insight (Lot 208) to Sun Bloodstock for $360,000. His Torryburn Stud colt out of Savannah’s Choice (Lot 246) was purchased by Aquis Farm and Phoenix Thoroughbreds for $300,000.