Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland played a significant role in the 2016 Inglis Easter yearling sales, purchasing 21 yearlings.
Many in partnership with trainer Gai Waterhouse, Blaxland also secured a few yearlings for other connections and clients.
Some of the highlight lots secured over the three days of the sale include Lot 41: Fastnet Rock x Rose Of Cimmaron colt (pictured below).
By a Champion sire, out of a full-sister to the dam of a four-time Group 1 winner who has earned over $7 million, this colt is bred to be something special.
Purchased in conjunction with Tom Magnier, Gai Waterhouse Racing and Nordic Racing and Breeding, the Newgate Farm consigned colt is a full-brother to the Group 3-winning, Group 1 placed Bull Point, from the family of Criterion, Varena Miss, Najoom, Muwaary and many more stakes-winning performers.
We all know who the multiple Group 1-winning Street Cry mare Winx is, and just a few days before the Inglis Easter yearling sale, her half-brother El Divino (Snitzel) put his hand up as a horse of the future by dead-heating in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes at Royal Randwick to remain unbeaten.
It just so happened that Lot 135 from the draft of Segenhoe Stud was a full-brother to El Divino and a half-brother to Winx!
Purchased by Gai Waterhouse and Julian Blaxland, the colt (pictured below) is the most expensive yearling sold at the Easter sales since 2013, and is the second consecutive top price yearling to be sold at the sale for Arrowfield Stud’s Champion Sire in waiting Snitzel.
Involved in ownership of the colt is Emirates Park’s Hussain Lootah, who tasted Golden Slipper success with 2013 Easter Sale purchase Mossfun; Angelo Konstantatos & David Healey who have already experienced the value in a Gai-trained colt with Vancouver; and breeder John Camilleri who retained a share in the horse.
“Hussein was on the phone to me after El Divino crossed the line in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes, and after much discussion Hussein made the executive decision that we must have this colt,” said Gai Waterhouse.
“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,” Hussain Lootah said.
Mid-way through day two of the three day sale, Markus and Ingrid Jooste’s Nordic Racing and Breeding, along with Gai Waterhouse Racing and Julian Blaxland secured Lot 285 (pictured below) from Coolmore Stud, a full-brother to Horse of the Year and Champion Sprinter Lankan Rupee.
“The pedigree is exceptional, and he is a strong, masculine colt which has a wonderful physique which backs up the page,” said Waterhouse.
“We’re very excited to have him in the stable, and I’m very fortunate my investors were a bit stronger than the rest. We hope he’ll be winning the Golden Slipper this time next year!” Waterhouse said.
By Redoute’s Choice out of the Group 3-winning Stravinsky mare Estelle Collection, it is not only the family of Lankan Rupee, but Horse of The Year and Champion Sire Lonhro.
To view a complete list of the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale purchases, click here and if you would like any further information on any lots, please contact Julian Blaxland on 0431 746 803 or via email at email@example.com