Young Arrowfield sires popular at Inglis Classic

Arrowfield’s outstanding 2020 Inglis Classic Sale crew with the Stud’s final yearling through the ring, the Scissor Kick-Amathea filly. (PHOTO: Arrowfield Stud)

After a week that delivered almost every kind of weather to the Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm, and throughout New South Wales, Arrowfield has plenty of reasons to be happy with results achieved by its draft and its stallions at the buoyant 2020 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

The Stud sold 34 of 38 horses across both sessions at an average price of $90,882, achieving a top price of $210,000 three times, for the Dundeel-Ribe colt, the Maurice-Zing and Swing colt and the Not A Single Doubt-Forreel filly. In all 15 of Arrowfield’s lots sold made $100,000 or more. 

Arrowfield’s first-crop sires Maurice and Shalaa both found favour with buyers and their progeny are ear-marked for trainers including Peter & Paul Snowden, Chris Waller, Gary Portelli, Kim Waugh, Ciaron Maher, Matthew Smith, Paul Perry & Matt Dunn. 

All but one of Shalaa’s 12 Book 1 yearlings sold for an average of $137,273 (4.5 x fee) with a top price of $220,000 paid by Star Thoroughbreds and Randwick Bloodstock for Aquis Farm’s filly out of Boom Time Savings. In all, 9 lots by Shalaa made $100,000 or more. 

Twelve of 14 Maurice yearlings found new homes at an average price of $98,167 (3.3 x fee), headed by the $210,000 Zing and Swing colt bought by Orbis Bloodstock.  Another three lots made $100,000 or more. 

Arrowfield’s third freshman sire is Champion Japanese Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle whose top price of $65,000 (5.2 x fee) at Inglis Classic was paid by Arthur Hoyeau for Arrowfield’s colt out of Lady Messene, a half-sister to Group winner Messene & Listed winner Cordero.

Second-crop yearlings by Real Impact and Scissor Kick also sold well, with the $160,000 Scissor Kick-Phaedra colt topping Tuesday’s Highway Session when knocked down to leading agent John Foote for a Hong Kong buyer. 

Three Real Impact yearlings averaged $88,333 (5 x fee) with a top price of $125,000 paid by NXT Level Syndication for Arrowfield’s filly out of Golden Statue, a sister to brilliant Group 1-winning sprinter Hay List. 

Among Arrowfield’s heavy-hitters, it was the recently retired Not A Single Doubt who shone at Classic, heading off I Am Invincible on the Book 1 Sires table with four lots sold at an average price of $206,250.  His top price of $300,000 was paid by Ciaran Maher & Suman Hedge for Bell River Thoroughbreds’ powerfully built three-quarter brother to dual Group 1 winner Extreme Choice.   

The overall Sale results showed strong growth in both sessions. Book 1 recorded an average of $87,833 (+16% on 2019)  while the Highway Session’s average of $38,178 was 51% up on last year’s inaugural session.

All told, 168 horses realised $100,000 or more, up from 150 in 2019, despite over 200 fewer horses catalogued for the Sale.

Not A Single Doubt, Champion Sires Snitzel & Redoute’s Choice, emerging star Dundeel and young guns Maurice & Shalaa are all well-represented in Arrowfield’s superb draft for the 2020 Inglis Easter Sale in April.

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