Champion sire Encosta de Lago provided the highest priced filly during the opening session of the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale when his filly from former brilliant filly Amelia’s Dream sold for $910,000.
Amelia’s Dream won the Group II ATC Silver Slipper Stakes at her second start following a nine length debut win, but broke down shortly after that memorable victory.
Salvaged for a stud career, Amelia’s Dream was sent to champion sire Encosta de Lago in her first season at stud and produced this powerful bay/brown filly that was offered by Edinglassie Stud.
Bred by Richard Pegum, who raced her mother, the filly was exceptionally busy during pre-sale inspections as serious agents, as well as plenty of Amelia’s Dream fans, stopped by to see just what her first foal looked like.
In the sale ring, that interest quickly translated to dollars as Paul Messara and Peter Moody duelled for the filly, before astute young bloodstock agent James Harron won the day with a final bid of $910,000.
“She was always going to be popular and she was our number one rated filly, so it’s good to be able to walk away with her,” James Harron told TVN.
“She was the superb physical specimen and her mother had so much talent, but we never saw the best of her… that Silver Slipper win was just incredible.”
The filly will race in the colours of Dr and Mrs Edmund Bateman, who have enjoyed considerable success with their Easter purchases selected by James Harron, which include Group I winner Foxwedge, Group II winner Satin Shoes, Group III winner Ashokan and stakes-winner Georgette Silk.
Encosta de Lago fillies were in particularly strong demand with youngsters from Gold Edition, Wiener and Cirque du Soleil selling for $520,000, $475,000 and $450,000 respectively.