Pic: Sale Topper Lot 355

Champion sire Bettor’s Delight produced the three highest priced lots at the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale at Warwick Farm on Sunday.

A striking bay colt, the first foal of the 2018 NSW 2YO of the Year and Breeders Challenge winner Miss Halfpenny 1:55 ($235,403) brought the top price of $100,000 at the sale. Offered by Phil and Denise Thurston, of Celestial Standardbreds, Forbes, the youngster was knocked down to Berkshire Park horseman Brian Portelli.

“He’s all class and was probably the best bred horse in the sale. He caught my eye and I just wanted him,” Portelli said.

Portelli shelled out $212,000 for four lots on the day including a Somebeachsomewhere three-quarter brother to the 2019 Australian 2YO Colt of the Year Be Happy Mach 1:52.7 ($344,935), consigned by Jake Stockton’s Wingate Farm.

Another colt, out of the Falcon Seelster Eutropia, also bred off Wingate Farm, realised $90,000, while the highest priced filly, by Bettor’s Delight from Ultimate CC (by Christian Cullen), the first lot of the day and consigned by Goulburn breeder Matt Day, was sold for $80,000 to Perth trainer Michael Brennan.

Bettor’s Delight had four lots sell for a gross of $320,000, an average price of $80,000.

A first-time buyer Ryan Quarmby, of Wagga, outlaid $68,000 for three fillies, including the Art Major-Grandma Gertie filly for $25,000. The trio will be trained by KerryAnn and Robbie Morris at Menangle.

Wingate Farms’ eight lots sold for a total of $340,000, an average of $42,500, Celestial Standardbreds’ four lots grossed $189,000 for an average of $47,250 and Matt Day’s seven head grossed $287,000, an average of $41,041.

Tall Dark Stranger was the leading first crop sire with four lots averaging out at $45,750.

Other sires to rate well were Somebeachsomewhere (2 lots – average $70,000), Captaintreacherous (2 – $52,250), American Ideal (2 – $46,000), Stay Hungry (2 – $39,000) and Sweet Lou (7 – $31,625)

Though the sale day is over number continue to tick over as offers come in on passed in lots, with some already being sold. You still have an opportunity to make an offer on these yearlings, just visit the Sydney Sale Results page, view the passed in lots and their reserve prices and click ‘Make an Offer’.