Yarraman Park’s champion sire I Am Invincible put the sparkle in a record breaking 2022 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale providing the highest priced colt and filly of the sale.
Widden Stud enjoyed a great result with their colt from Group III winning Casino Prince mare Fine Bubbles that was bought by Tom Magnier for $950,000.
Bred by Sun Bloodstock, the colt is a full brother to Group III placed Covert Ops and comes from the family of Everest hero Yes Yes Yes, who stands at Coolmore.
“We’ve had a great run with Home Affairs, he is obviously red hot right now having won the Lightning last week and we came here with the intention of buying the best I Am Invincible colt we could find at the sale and physically he really stood out,’’ Coolmore’s Colm Santry said.
“He was a great mover, we really liked him, the pedigree was good, we didn’t think we had to go as far with the price, but we did and we are very glad we got him.
“Looking at him he could be a two-year-old. He’s very mature, got a great girth on him, great shoulder, great big hip, but he was a magnificent mover for an I Am Invincible colt which gave us the tick of approval for him.’
His dam Fine Bubbles was one of 193 mares covered last spring by I Am Invincible.
I Am Invincible also had the top priced filly with Silverdale Farm selling the second foal of Group I placed Savabeel mare Endean Rose for $550,000 to Bon Ho’s Legend Racing.
She will remain in Australia and be trained by Team Hawkes.
“I was very keen to buy this filly, she was the pick of the sale for me, she came strongly recommended to me by [Inglis’] Jonathan D’Arcy as well as a number of trainers and very good judges, so I really was very keen to get her,’’ Mr Ho said.
“She’s a lovely filly with a strong pedigree. I was able to view video footage of her on the Inglis website the past couple of weeks and I also loved the way she moved. She wasn’t cheap but I’m very pleased she’s mine now.’’
Silverdale’s Steve Grant added: “We’re absolutely ecstatic. She was very popular – on-farm inspections were good but when she got to the complex here, she was working extra hard but it didn’t phase her, she thrived on it and she sold accordingly.”
I Am Invincible was the leading sire by average at Premier with seven yearlings averaging $439,286.
Hellbent also enjoyed strong results with seven yearlings averaging $150,714 highlighted by the three-quarter sister to Viddora that made $310,000 for Yarraman when bought by Tony Ottobre.
Yarraman also sold Hellbent colts from Andromache and Saint Minerva for $230,000 and $210,000 respectively to O’Brien Thoroughbreds and Dullingham Pty Ltd.