SNITZEL SIRES TOP TWO LOTS
Fresh from securing Tuesday’s session-topping daughter of Fastnet Rock (Danehill), Sheikh Mohammed bin
Khalifa Al Maktoum again made his presence felt at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale yesterday
when paying $2,200,000 for a Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) brother to the Group One winner Sizzling (Snitzel).
His sale contributed to an excellent day for Arrowfield Stud’s Snitzel, who also sired the second top lot,
a colt out of champion Alinghi (Encosta De Lago) that sold for $1,800,000 to David Raphael and Gerald Ryan.
On another strong day of trading that once again featured notable investment from American buyers, six
yearlings broke the million dollar mark, while 27 realised $500,000 or more. Overall, nine yearlings have
changed hands for $1,000,000 or greater so far, a number which has already surpassed last year’s tally of
A total of 48 yearlings have sold for $500,000 or more,compared to 37 overall in 2014.
With one session still to go, the overall aggregate of $86,015,000 is already well ahead of last year’s final
figure of $83,269,250. A total of 288 yearlings have been sold for a clearance rate of 79 per cent.
The sale average of $298,663 is running 19.4 per cent ahead of 2014 while the median of $200,000
represents a rise of 11.1 per cent.
Yesterday’s strong day of trading returned rises across the board from the corresponding session in 2014,
with 146 yearlings selling for a total of $45,840,000 and average of $313,973, up 35.4 per cent. The median
was up 13.5 per cent at $210,000.
Tim Stakemire, acting on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, had to outbid Shadwell’s
Angus Gold to secure yesterday’s $2,200,000 Snitzel colt, who was sold as Lot 264 and was bred by John
Muir’s Milburn Creek Stud.
He is out of the Listed-placed Admirelle (General Nediym), whose first living foal was Sizzling, winner of
the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m), Champagne Classic (Gr 2, 1200m) and BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes
(Gr 2, 1400m).
Admirelle is herself out of Listed winner Laudemio (Alzao) and related to the Group One-placed Loving Cup
(Bluebird). It was the second good result of the sale for Milburn Creek Stud, who also sold another colt by
Snitzel for $600,000 on Tuesday out of their draft of six.
“Its a great result, we were hoping he would crack the million and he obviously did,” Milburn Creek stud
manager Scott Holcombe told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“We were amazed how well he handled the sale as he was under extreme pressure. The whole team’s rapt
and obviously it’s a great result for the Muirs.”