Another big day of trade at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale was highlighted by a $1.8 million colt for champion sire Fastnet Rock that topped proceedings on Tuesday and the overall sale with one session still to come.
The Kia Ora Stud-consigned colt is the first foal of Group I Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes winner O’Marilyn, a half-sister by O’Reilly to Group I ATC Australian Derby winner Headturner and Group I Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva .
He was bought by Hong Kong based bloodstock agent George Moore, who said the colt is for a new Hong Kong client and cost double what he thought.
“I had $900,000 on the horse but my client was on the phone and said keep going so we’ve got him,” Moore said.
“He’s exactly the right type of Fastnet Rock. He’s not too big and he just flows.
“I think we got the best horse in the sale, he was my pick and I just loved him.
“He caught my eye early on and my client said just go and buy the best horse in the sale.
“He’s a star, his x-rays are clean and when you get a Fastnet Rock that glides like that you have to go.
“He’ll likely stay here for the time being and then we’ll see what happens.”
O’Marilyn has a filly to follow by Fastnet Rock and is back in foal again to the champion sire.
Fastnet Rock had two more seven figure yearlings on Tuesday with Coolmore consigned fillies from Rezoned and Frustrating selling for $1,250,000 and $1,150,000 respectively to Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock and James Bester Bloodstock.
After two sessions, Fastnet Rock leads the sire averages with 23 yearlings averaging $551,739.