Showing the way was the sale topping $205,000 for British mare, Finishing School, who was knocked down to leading bloodstock agent, John Chalmers who pointed out that the mare (a winner of her only start in France and half sister to Dubai stakes winner Singing Poet) would be returning to Wanted this spring.
Getting into the action, Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock Agency was able to secure the WA Guineas-G2 winner Moccasin Bend – also in foal to Wanted – by stepping in with a bid of $180,000: the sale’s third top price.
Finally, the third in-foal-to-Wanted, was the 2YO stakes winner Huiskes (from a half sister to Champion sprinter Scenic Blast) which was purchased by Victorian-based EBA for $100,000 and, once again, the mare will return to Eliza Park to be covered by Wanted in his second season at stud.
All three mares were offered by WA breeder Paul Fitzpatrick, via Mogumber Park and the sale has proven to be a ideal launching pad for the Wanteds … three six figure sums without even a foal on the ground!
(The sale featured both the broodmare dispersals of Oakland Park and Paul Fitzpatrick and included the sale of two mares in foal to Lonhro).
The response to Wanted certainly augurs well for the Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale (12-14 April) where four mares in foal to the son of Fastnet Rock, including a Group Two winner and a More Than Ready 2YO stakes winner, will be offered.
Wanted was sold for $800,000 at the 2008 Australian Easter Yearling Sale and it won’t surprise to see his progeny making regular appearances at the nation’s premier sale.