The ‘colt of the year’ from ‘the best family in the southern hemisphere’ was the star of Day 3 of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, which ended on Wednesday as the second-best Easter Sale ever.
In a stunning three days in front of a buying bench gathered from all corners of the globe:
- 22 yearlings sold for A$1m or more, up from 17 in 2017
- Of those, they came from eight different stallions – Snitzel (7), I Am Invincible (5), Fastnet Rock (4), Deep Impact (2), Redoute’s Choice, Frankel, Pierro and Not A Single Doubt (1) – and 18 different individual buyers
- 71 Lots sold for A$500,000 or more, up from 64 in 2017.
- Arrowfield Stud was again leading vendor ahead of Coolmore Stud while Yarraman Park, Kia Ora Stud, Highgrove Stud, Tyreel Stud and Fairview Park all enjoyed a 100% clearance rate AND eclipsed the sale’s overall average
- The top Lot sold for A$2.3million to Anthony Freedman Racing, a Fastnet Rock x The Broken Shore colt (Lot 400) from Arrowfield’s draft
- Book 1 grossed A$116,057,500, behind only the 2008 Easter Yearling Sale.
The Fastnet Rock x Broken Shore colt was not only the top Lot of Day 3 but the overall sale-topper, knocked down to Anthony Freedman, who trains the colt’s two sisters in Gr 1 winner Shoals and the unraced Tides.
At the sale’s conclusion, the Book 1 average was A$347,478 at a clearance rate of 84% and median of A$250,000.
The leading vendor was Arrowfield by both aggregate (A$18,265,000) and average (A$589,194) while Arrowfield’s stallion Snitzel was leading sire by aggregate (A$21,685,000).
Coolmore Stud’s Fastnet Rock was leading sire by average ($554,167) in a close decision over I Am Invincible who averaged A$553,030 and Snitzel who averaged A$528,902.
Shadwell was leading buyer, spending A$6,140,000, ahead of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.