The two day Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale in Sydney this week was topped in the second session by a Russian Revolution colt from Lucinda’s Moon (USA) that sold for $145,000.
Consigned by Kingstar Farm, the handsome bay is the third foal of a full sister to US Group III winner Moonwalk and was bought by Kuldeep Singh Rajput / Bevan Smith Bloodsock.
Kingstar Farm’s Adam Cook was delighted with the result.
“The back story of the colt is that Matthew [Sandblom], the boss, bought him online through the Inglis Digital site for $18,000 and fortunately enough for the ladies who run his farm at Kiama (Hollymount Stud), Michelle [Harris] and Kristy [Marsh], the colt came home and they liked him and they said, ‘we’d like to buy half, Matthew’,’’ Adam Cook explained.
“Once again it emphasises what sort of boss Matthew is.’’
Interestingly, the dam of the sale-topping colt, Lucinda’s Moon, will sell – in foal to popular young stallion Capitalist – as lot 449 at Sunday’s Australian Broodmare Sale at Riverside in the Toolooganvale Farm draft.
“He was very, very busy all week and he came through the prep with an amazing attitude, he didn’t turn a hair so I think that helped him reach the price that he did,’’ Cook continued.
“There has been a lot of buyers here over the last four or five days that you wouldn’t have seen at Scone so hats off to Inglis.”
Bevan Smith said he had been trying to buy a Russian Revolution all year but it wasn’t until today that he was able to do so.
“And this guy I thought was one of the better ones I’d seen all year too,’’ Smith said of the colt.
“There’s lots of [Russian Revolution’s sire] Snitzel about this yearling. I thought he was a standout at this sale.
“When he walked in they asked me his valuation and I thought he was a $120,000 horse, I thought that’s what he would make at say a Classic Sale so yeah, we had to extend the budget.
“I’ve found this year that at just about every sale you’ve had to pay that extra 20-25% more. The market has shifted and we’ve just got to shift with it and stump up to pay for the right ones.’’
Russian Revolution stands his fourth season at Newgate this spring at a fee of $44,000.