The 2020 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale online was a unique sale that brought out innovation and a can do spirit between vendors, buyers and the auction house to deliver an outcome few would have dreamed possible a month ago.
Fittingly, Coolmore’s Triple Crown hero American Pharoah finished as the leading first season sire by average as he has done at every other major Australasian yearling sale this year and was also the leading first season sire by aggregate.
His 14 yearlings sold averaged $233,929 with his best result a gorgeous half-sister (pictured) to Group I winner Irish Lights from Aspen Falls that made $500,000 for Coolmore to the bid of Sheamus Mills Bloodstock.
Not far behind was the half-sister to Group III West Australian Oaks winner Tuscan Queen from Tavarnelle that made $460,000 for Lime Country Thoroughbreds on behalf of Matrix Bloodstock to the bid of Belmont Bloodstock.
Badgers Bloodstock bidding from the UK swooped on the first foal of Fastnet Rock’s Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond place-getter Lake Geneva. The Coolmore consigned filly made $450,000.
Highest priced colt for American Pharoah was offered by Widden Stud, the stylish bay from Phantom Queen bought by Hawkes Racing for $400,000.
Champion trainer Peter Moody will returning to training next season after spending several years on the sideline and has shown a liking for the progeny of American Pharoah at earlier sales this year.
He secured a filly from Private and a colt from Spiced, both for $150,000 from the Coolmore draft.