Blue Sky’s Easter Bonanza

Headed by the $2.4 milllion on of Medaglia d’Oro, Blue Sky Bloodstock were involved in securing six yearlings at the recent 2017 Inglis Australian Easter yearling Sale, the final sale Easter sale to be held under the famed ‘fig tree’ at the Newmarket sale complex.

Early on day two, Blue Sky Bloodstock joined forced with Aquis Farm, Coolmore, Stonestreet and Unifatih to secure Lot 178, Yarraman Park Stud’s son of Medgalia d’Oro out of the stakes-winning General Nediym mare Hoss Amor.

The second foal of the triple stakes winner, the colt became the highest price paid for a son of Darley’s Medaglia d’Oro in the southern hemisphere.

 Lot 178: Medaglia d'Oro x Hoss Amor colt - Yarraman Park Stud

Lot 178: Medaglia d'Oro x Hoss Amor colt - Yarraman Park Stud

Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland rated the colt as the best yearling at the sale.  “There had been a lot of talk about him.  We got a group together with Coolmore, Stonestreet from America, Unifaith and Aquis Farm who I was representing.

“He’s a magnificent colt and Chris Waller will train him with the aim of turning him into a stallion.  He cost a little more than we thought we would have to pay,” Blaxland told ANZ Bloodstock News on Wednesday.  “There is stiff completion for these stallion prospects.”

“Everybody kind of came together because everybody wanted the horse and we just thought we’d best go at it as a team rather than go against each other,” Stonestreet’s John Moynihan said. “We think he’s a special horse. I think you have got to step up to get those ones that are.

“We came here and saw that horse, not only did he look like a great racing prospect, but if he is good enough — fingers crossed and everything willing — if he wins the right races here he’s certainly a horse you could shuttle back to America.”

Justin Fung (pictured), Aquis chief executive, was equally enthusiastic. “We’re really excited,” he said. “It’s a fantastic, fantastic colt that, with this sale being as strong as it is, we wanted to come in and pick a couple of horses that we really loved and make sure that we had good partners in it.

“We do partnerships with a lot of different companies out there and we want to be known as the farm that’s easy to work with and that we’re willing to be malleable in whatever deals come our way.”

A handful of lots later, Blue Sky partnered with Aquis, Coolmore and South African’s leading owner Mayfair Speculators to purchase Lot 185, a colt by Champion Sire Fastnet Rock out of the Champion 3YO Canadian filly Inglorious Song from the draft of Kia Ora Stud.

 Lot 185: Fastnet Rock x Inglorious colt - Kia Ora Stud

Lot 185: Fastnet Rock x Inglorious colt - Kia Ora Stud

With each dam on the page being a stakes winner, the colt was secured for $900,000.

“He is a lovely colt and looks very sharp – Fastnet Rock is having a resurgence and he had five or six runners in the Blue Diamond this year,” stated Blaxland.

It took $400,000 by Aquis, Gelagotis Racing and Blue Sky Bloodstock to purchase a colt (Lot 242) by leading sire Snitzel.

 Lot 242: Snitzel x Montana Downs colt - Davali Thoroughbreds

Lot 242: Snitzel x Montana Downs colt - Davali Thoroughbreds

Out of the Bluebird mare Montana Downs, the colt is a half-brother to the Group 2-winning, Group 1 placed Montana Flyer, and the stakes placed Montana Sunset and Caravaggio.

The next came early on the final day of the three day sale when Tony Gollan Racing, Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock parted ways with $375,000 to take home Lot 351 from the draft of outstanding boutique Queensland vendor HighgroveStud.

 Lot 351: Snitzel x Simply Beautiful colt - Highgrove Stud

Lot 351: Snitzel x Simply Beautiful colt - Highgrove Stud

Another be Arrowfield Stud’s Champion Sire Snitzel, the grey colt is out of the American-bred Listed winner Simply Spiteful, a daughter of Speighstown. From an international black type pedigree, the colt will head to Queensland to race.

A few lots later it was the extremely well-bred Exceed And Excel colt (Lot 358) who was purchased for $225,000 in conjunction with Aquis Farm and Gai Waterhouse Racing.

Sold through the draft of Cressfield Stud, the chestnut colt is out of the Polish Precedent mare Snowdrift, making the colt a half-relation to Group 1 winner Snowland, Group 2-winning, Group 1 placed Portillo (Who is in turn the dam of Group 2 winner Ghisoni), as well as the Listed winner Snippetson and the stakes placed Snowden and Freeze.

 Lot 358: Exceed And Excel x Snowdrift colt - Cressfield Stud

Lot 358: Exceed And Excel x Snowdrift colt - Cressfield Stud

Also related to Group 1 producing sire Myboycharlie, who has been responsible in Australia for multiple Group 1 winner Jameka, this colt was one of the buys of the sale.

The final purchase was Lot 376, with Blue Sky Bloodstock and Aquis teaming up for Lot 376 from the draft of Widden Stud.

By the outstanding colonial sire I Am Invincible, the brown colt is out of the winning Blevic mare Streetcar Stella, a sister to Group 3 winner Street Car Magic and a half-sister to Listed winner Streetcar Isabelle.

 Lot 376: I Am Invincible x Streetcar Stella colt - Widden Stud

Lot 376: I Am Invincible x Streetcar Stella colt - Widden Stud

Julian Blaxland expressed his admiration for the I Am Invincible – Streetcar Stella colt after making the winning bid during the final session of the record-breaking sale.  “He is a gorgeous horse and he’s by one of the best young speed stallions in Australia.  He had the perfect attitude all week and we were on our limit but I’m delighted to get him for Aquis Farm.

“Stallions like I Am Invincible are the sires of the future and you can buy his progeny with confidence.  There are a three or four trainers after him and we will make that decision over the next few days.

“I did expect to pay that price to be honest but I thought it would have been half that amount at the beginning of the week.  There’s a few syndicates here trying to do the same thing that we are doing.

“Aquis has bought a lot of horses this year, not many at that price, but it’s nice to have a sprinkling of jewels through the stable and hopefully they will perform well.”

For any further information on any of Blue Sky Bloodstock purchases, please contact Julian Blaxland on +61 431 746 803.

 Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland and Justin Fung, CEO of Aquis Farm.

Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland and Justin Fung, CEO of Aquis Farm.