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Inglis Premier Day-2: Record $1.4M For The Quarterback Sibling
Caulfield-based trainer Ciaron Maher went to $1.4 million to secure the half-brother to Gr1 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback at yesterday's record-breaking second session of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne. The $1.4 million made the I Am Invincible colt (Lot 259) the most expensive yearling ever sold in Victoria, smashing the previous record price of $750,000 set in 2008. With bidding starting at $200,000, Maher outbid fellow Victorian trainer Robbie Griffiths, who ironically trains the colt's Gr1-winning half-brother The Quarterback. The colt is not only a half-brother to top sprinter The Quarterback (Street sense), but also to dual Gr2 winner and Gr1 Australian Derby runner-up Philippi (Host) from the Encosta de Lago mare Soorena. The price also made the colt the most expensive yearling sold in the world this year, and surpassed the previous highest price of $900,000 for the progeny of I Am Invincible. Maher fell in love with the colt when he first saw him almost six months ago at Gilgai Farm. "I thought then he was a lovely type and obviously he's got a stallion's pedigree, is a cracking type and I've loved the way he's developed the past six months. He's a great mover, got a great temperament, he's got what it takes,'' Maher said. At the conclusion of Day 2, the average sits at $126,730 with a clearance rate of 82% and a gross of $33,330,000. Gilgai Farm is the leading vendor for both aggregate ($2,745,000) and average ($274,500) for drafts with three or more sales, while I Am Invincible is the leading stallion by aggregate with $3,505,000. Snitzel is the leading stallion by average (three or more sold, $348,750), while Ciaron Maher Bloodstock and partners have purchased the most Lots with 11.