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Pluck Colt Tops Inglis Scone Yearling Sale
The Inglis HTBA Scone Yearling Sale brought the 2015 Scone Horse Festival to a fitting end, when grossing $2,010,750 and achieving an exceptional clearance rate of 89 per cent on a sunny day at White Park yesterday. A total of 177 yearlings were sold for an average of $11,360, with the highest price being reached by Lot 174, when Newcastle trainer Paul Perry outbid Brett Cavanough on a lovely colt by young Vinery sire Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) from the draft of Marquee Stud for $66,000. "I saw him this morning and thought he was the nicest one at the sale, a real quality individual," said Perry. The colt is the first foal of Justsay Sumthink (Jugah), an 11-times winning mare, including eight wins at Metropolitan level from an extensive 93-start career. Perry concluded the sale at the top of the buyers' table for the third consecutive year by aggregate ($111,000). He also lead by average (three or more bought) at $37,000. The other leading buyers were Darby Racing (four for $108,500), Australian Bloodstock (four for $63,500) and winning trainer of Saturday's $100,000 Inglis 2YO Challenge, Rod Northam (five for $58,500). Hot young sire I Am Invincible lead the sires' table by average (two or more sold), with four of his progeny averaging $27,000. Choisir followed closely, selling two for an average of $24,500.