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Weir Thrilled With Ready2Race Results
A Street Cry half-brother to Gr1 Thousand Guineas contender Leotie was one of the highlight offerings at yesterday's Inglis Ready2Race Sale when knocked down to Yulong Investments boss Mr Zhang for $300,000. From the High Chaparral mare Prairie Star, the colt will be prepared by champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir. “I looked at him a couple of times and really liked the horse, liked his pedigree, he’s a great type, well built and I’m really excited that he’s coming into the stable,’’ Weir said. While international buyers were strong in purchasing juveniles to race around the world, the domestic market was also very active. Among the domestic buyers who bought multiple Lots were Bjorn Baker, Lindsay Park Racing, Joseph And Jones Racing, Sheamus Mills Bloodstock and Darby Racing, whose first purchase was a Foxwedge colt from the 26-strong Lauriston Park draft. “We were actually going to buy him at Scone but we had a lot of horses at the time,’’ Scott Darby said of the Foxwedge x Pinocchio colt, which he paid $100,000 for. Baystone Farm was the leading vendor with a 100% clearance rate from their draft of five, with an aggregate of $845,000. They were one of 14 vendors to enjoy a 100% clearance rate. The leading sire was Helmet, whose four Lots all sold, with an average price of $115,250. With private sales still occurring, the sale average at this stage is $66,342. The equal sale-toppers at $310,000 were a Written Tycoon x Best Feature colt from the Chevaux Bloodstock draft, and a Smart Missile x Asshewaqua colt from Baystone Farm. Inglis National Bloodstock Director Jonathan D’Arcy described the sale as a “tough day at the office, but it was pleasing to see several vendors achieving some excellent results for the time and effort they have put in to getting horses ready for this sale." He added: "We’re hopeful some late sales will get the clearance rate to around 70%, and the 29 Lots to sell for $100,000 or more was almost double that of last year, so that’s very positive too."