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Inglis Broodmare & Weanling Sale Day-3: $440K For Phantom Queen
The Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale swung into Day Three on Tuesday where studmasters and part-owners of freshmen sires competed against new bloodstock investors and the year's leading yearling sale vendors. "It is great to see a vast variety of buyers here, from stallion syndicates to new international players and the top Easter Yearling Sale vendors all investing in breeding stock," pointed out Jonathan D'Arcy, Inglis National Bloodstock Director. 276 mares and race fillies have been purchased over the last two days at an average of $47,526, with five lots selling for $300,000 or more yesterday. The top priced broodmare yesterday was Phantom Queen (Lot 490) bought by Julia Ritchie's Bangaloe Stud. Offered from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, the daughter of Charge Forward, which is carrying a three-quarter-relation to Gr1 winner Sweet Idea, was secured for $440,000. Ritchie, who is part-owner of two-year-old sensation Vancouver, is looking forward to supporting the colt when he retires to Coolmore Stud in 2016 saying "I'm working on building up my broodmare band ready for when Vancouver hits the ground next year." Damon Gabbedy's Belmont Bloodstock outbid Australia's newest international players Spendthrift Farm to the tune of $420,000 to secure Red Dress Marley (Lot 516) that was offered in foal to Snitzel as Lot 516 from the draft of Enak Pty Ltd. Gabbedy said that "today's purchase was for John Muir's Milburn Creek Stud to add to his boutique broodmare band." Topping the Select Race Fillies and Mares today was Gr1 placed 3YO Golconda (Lot 582). The third-placed runner of the VRC Oaks was secured by Michael Wallace on behalf of China Horse Club from the draft of Eliza Park International for $400,000. "She's a nice mare, we bought her in partnership with Newgate so she'll go straight to stud and will be supporting Dissident this year," said Wallace. The China Horse Club purchased a further three Lots, for a total outlay of $930,000, including Pink Jubilee (Lot 493), the sister to South African triple Gr1 winner Alboran Sea carrying a foal to Sepoy for $270,000 from the draft of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds. The final day of the 2015 Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale will begin at 10.30am today.