Hong Kong businessman Tony Fung wasted no time making a statement at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale – paying more than a million for two colts in the first 70 lots to pass through the ring.
Fung secured just the fourth lot sold of the day – a bay colt by Exceed And Excel from the Bernardini mare Peace Force for $2.1 million from the Vinery Stud draft.
Purchased on Fung’s behalf by Aquis head Shane McGrath, the colt was one of two million-dollar babies he handed from the Hunter Valley property.
Lot 63 will also head to the Aquis trainer Anabel Neasham, $1.050 million purchase, that’s another colt by Exceed And Excel from the Lonhro mare Sanity, a sister to Group 3 winner Trim.
“This week, the feedback from a lot of people has been extremely positive,” Vinery’s Adam White told Inglis TV.
“It’s awesome for the team, they’ve done a lot of hard work. Not just the yearling team, the foaling unit group and the people that look after the weanlings and right through when they enter the yearling barns.
“From a farm point of view, rapt for everyone.”
Lot 5 – The Exceed And Excel colt from Peace Force in the ring. Photo: Inglis.Source:Supplied
The Peace Force colt comes from the family of former champion galloper Eremein, the half brother to the dam.
The colt was the second foal of the dam which was trained by Gerald Ryan and won the 2015 Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes at Doomben.
“He was our top pick, he was actually our top pick for the whole year,” McGrath said. “We looked at him numerous times.
“Physically I thought he was faultless. He’s got great quality, really good action himself and an outstanding temperament.
“I’ve watched him, even in the back parade he paraded so well, he just took everything in his stride.
“He’s the sort of horse I thought we can get up going nice and early, put him into the program and Anabel Neasham’s going to train him.
“I love buying off a farm like Vinery, we’ve had a bit of success there in the past having found Farnan so hopefully lightning can strike twice.”
Lot 45 – The Snitzel colt from Rising Romance in the ring. Photo: Inglis.Source:Supplied
The sale topper early on the opening day is heading to Hawkes Racing after the two-state operation forked out $2.5 million to land the Snitzel colt out of former star Kiwi mare Rising Romance, an Australian Oaks winner.
Two fillies topped the million mark with James Harron paying $1.1 million for the sister to Anaheed, a daughter of Fastnet Rock out of Rostova while Dean Hawthorn paid out $1.050 million for a three-quarter sister to Pariah – a filly by Snitzel from Hussonet mare Secluded.
Originally published as$2 million-plus colt after four lots at Inglis Easter Sale
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