Tuesday's opening day of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale saw four lots go for seven-figure sums, headed by a Snitzel half-brother to Chris Waller's star mare Winx.
Offered by Segenhoe Stud on behalf of John Camilleri's Fairway Thoroughbreds, the colt was purchased by trainer Gai Waterhouse and agent Julian Blaxland on behalf of a group of owners that include Camilleri, Angelo Konstantatos, David Healey and Emirates Park's Hussain Lootah for A$2.3m.
Out of the dual Listed winner Vegas Showgirl, a daughter of Al Akbar, the session topper is a brother to El Divino, winner of Saturday's Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes at Randwick.
The Snitzel colt's impressive pedigree was further boosted later the same day when superstar mare Winx, a daughter of Street Cry, recorded a sixth Group 1 success with a scintillating victory in the Doncaster Mile Handicap.
Waterhouse said: "Hussain was on the phone to me after El Divino crossed the line in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes, and after much discussion Hussain made the executive decision that we must have this colt."
Lootah added: "He's one of the nicest colts in the sale, from the strongest family. He was a lovely type, and Winx and the half-brother's wins add a lot to the page. We hope he's in the Golden Slipper next year."