Champion US sire American Ideal may be gone but he was certainly not forgotten by WA buyers, who shelled out $543,500 for seven lots by the recently deceased stallion at the APG Perth Yearling Sale on Sunday – at an average of $77,000 per yearling.

Leading trainer Justin Prentice paid top price of $160,000 for an impressive American Ideal colt from Christian Cullen mare Anna Faye.

He also paid second top price of $130,000 for a colt out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Coopers Beach from the same sire.

Both colts were sold by Trevor and Colleen Lindsay’s Karnup Racing.

“Obviously American ideal has been a great sire but I liked these two colts the most on type and their mares have proven they can throw a nice horse,” Prentice said. “There are definitely shares available in both colts.”

The harness racing world was in shock at the news American Ideal had died of colic, caused by cancerous growths, in January.

He was particularly admired in WA because he sired some of the best grand circuit performers to grace our tracks in recent years, including WA Pacing Cup winners My Hard Copy ($1.2mil), Magnificent Storm ($1.1mil), Soho Tribeca ($1.1mil) and Mighty Conquerer ($690K).

Throw in superstar pacers Copy That ($1.9mil) and Bling It On ($1.8mil) and it is little wonder buyers were keen to secure bloodlines from the ill-fated son of Western Ideal.

His top-priced filly was sold by respected Boyanup breeders Dennis Roche for $67,500.

She is out of Aqueensomewhere, dam of highly promising two-year-old filly Reinette, who has won two of her first four starts. The dam is a half sister to the dam of star mare Wonderful To Fly ($741K) from the family of WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup winner Dainty’s Daughter.

Lot 430, the filly out of Broadbreach, was sold by Justin and Jacqueline Prentice’s Sold Gold Standardbreds for $65,000.

The top-priced filly went to KTC Bloodstock’s stunning Sweet Lou – Here For The Money filly, who was bought by Summit Bloodstock and Aaron Bain Racing for $110,000.

She is a half sister to recently retired star Shockwave ($567K) and a full sister to Double Expresso ($328K). Sweet Lou fillies have an incredible record in WA. His daughters Copper Head Lady (sold by Copper Lodge) and Water Lou (KTC Bloodstock) took out the two-year-old and three-year-old legs of the APG Classics on Friday night.

Regally bred stallion Bettors Wish – a son of Bettors Delight from the family of American Ideal – was the most sought after of the new season sires, with five of his progeny selling for an average of $65,000.

His top lot was the colt from Our Copper Art, sold by Mike Howie’s Copper Lodge for $95,000. He was bought by Aiden De Campo.

He is a half brother to Caveman ($236K) from the family of Copagrin ($241K) and WA 2YO Pearl winner The Miki Taker.

Special mention should be made of the Simmonds family who presented the first crop of yearlings by their young local stallion Captain Ahab.

Five Captain Ahab lots sold for an average of $23,100. The top lot was a striking colt out of Bettors Delight mare Ctheballerina, sold by Rob Simmonds for $37,000.

He also sold a colt with rockstar looks out of Booty Shake for $26,000.

Kellie Simmonds’ colt from tough race mare Southern Belle sold for $25,000.

Though the sale day is over, numbers 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 Perth Sale Results page, view the passed in lots and their reserve prices and click ‘Make an Offer’.