Australia’s reigning champion sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) also proved popular yesterday, with a colt selling for $450,000 and two others making $300,000.
The highest-priced colt was purchased by Darren Weir Racing and John Foote Bloodstock from the draft of Mill Park Stud as Lot 528.
The colt is the third foal out of the Group Two-placed mare Miss With Attitude (Galileo), who is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Oui Si Attitude (Bianconi).
Miss With Attitude’s only foal to race, Plagiarist (Dalakhani), is a Sydney metropolitan-placed colt trained by Chris Waller.
Foote bought the colt for a Hong Kong-based client of Weir’s, with the horse to remain in Australia at least in the short-term before a decision is made on whether to race him in the Asian racing capital.
“He will stay here and he then might possibly go to Hong Kong, but the owner races quite a few here as well,” Foote said.
“It is hard to buy the nice horses here. People are saying the sale is down, but if you line up to buy the nice horses it is not easy.
“If you go to buy a horse like that at Easter he will make that and probably more. He is nicely bred. Yulong were the under bidder’s, so you have got to be strong to beat them.”
Mill Park Stud’s Chris Watson was pleased that the colt was going to the leading Victorian stable of Weir.
“It is an absolutely fantastic result. We were thrilled for that colt to go to that combination in a great judge in John Foote and trainer in Darren Weir,” Watson told ANZ Bloodstock News.