With the 98th edition of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale less than a week away, it can be easy to get caught up in all the hype about which yearlings are going to make the big bucks. Last year there were many, and its good to see the $1.5m Zululand already deliver for owners Coolmore and The China Horse Club in the G2 VRC Sires. But at the other end of the spectrum there is always great value at Easter that I feel can sometimes be overlooked.
The most obvious examples this week are Mossfun (pictured winning Silver Slipper) and Cornrow, both genuine contenders in the Golden Slipper on Saturday and were purchased for just $85,000 and $170,000 respectively at Easter in 2013. But this is NOT some rare occurence, it happens every year so this years catalogues presents a wonderful opportunity for buyers who spend the time doing their homework, or others who proactively contact trainers, agents or syndicators who have a good eye for a yearling. Other good examples from recent years are as follows:
Fat Al, purchased by Gai Waterhouse for $27,000 who went on to win the G1 Epsom
Amber Sky, purchased by Ricky Yu for $80,000, winning a G1 in Dubai last Saturday
Better Life, purchased by Mr Takaoka for $150,000, multiple G1 winner in Singapore
Samaready, purchased by Belmont Bloodstock for $150,000, Blue Diamond and G1 Moir winner
Sterling City, purchased for Ling Family of HK for $200,000, winning G1 in Dubai last Saturday
Alante, purchased by Lyndhurst Farm NZ for $170,000, winning G1 NZ 2000 Guineas
Absolutely, purchased by Dermot Farrington for $150,000, winning AJC Oaks
And there are plenty of others purchased for under $200,000 such as Anacheeva, Sharnee Rose, Soft Sand, Better Than Ready, Nobby Snip, Strike the Stars, Ninth Legion, Raceway, Sabrage, Armed For Action etc etc. Hopefully you see my point. And for just a little over this $200,000 figure you could have purchased reigning Cox Plate and Australian Guineas Champion Shamus Award for just $230,000. So please don't think Easter if simply for the rich and famous. It is for anyone who has a love of horse racing, and wants to start with a quality product. All the leading trainers, agents and syndicators will be here for the sale, so why not approach one of them and let them know you are interested in taking a 10% or 20% share in a yearling from Easter.
Whatever your budget, there will something here for you.