SCONE’S Arrowfield Stud has ended what has been the second-best Australian Easter Yearling Sale in history offering the most expensive colt and the leading vendor.
Over the three-day sale at Sydney’s new Inglis Riverside Stables, 22 yearlings topped the $1 million mark, of those seven coming from leading Hunter Valley stallion Snitzel and five out of Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible.
Arrowfield Stud was again leading vendor ahead of Coolmore Stud while Yarraman Park and Kia Ora Stud enjoyed a 100 per cent clearance rate and eclipsed the sale’s overall average.
The top Lot and over all sale-topper was a $2.3 million Fastnet Rock x The Broken Shore colt from Arrowfield’s draft sold to Anthony Freedman Racing.
Book 1 grossed an astounding $116,057,500, behind only the 2008 Easter Yearling Sale.
Arrowfield’s John Messara was thrilled with the three days of sales.
“It’s been a good week,’’ Messara said.
“We bought some really nice horses here to inaugurate the establishment of the new Riverside Stables, we expected to do well and I’m very pleased with the results.
“The Broken Shore colt is a horse that had a lot less unknowns about him than almost any other colt in the sale because he was by a proven sire out of a multiple Group 1-producing mare. He just had everything really.
“It’s a risk-mitigation exercise if you want to go into the stallion business and this horse had a lot of the features you would seek.’’
The big fortnight of action concludes with the three-day Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale from Sunday, April 15, where a catalogue of 649 quality weanlings, race fillies and broodmares will be offered.