Inglis Premier Yearling Sale 2022

The Inglis Premier Yearling Sale 2022 is the second of their selling season. There are 783 Lots on offer from 99 sires. The catalogue is well balanced between sprinters and stayers. There is also a sprinkling of overseas bred yearlings to compete with those locally bred. Our search of pedigrees looking for suitable candidates for further examination is based on matching top sires with top broodmare sires. The resulting batch of yearlings is further refined using standard pedigree examination techniques.

Lot 127 f Exceed and Excel – Nazca (by Medaglia d’Oro)

The PRI score this filly  is a stellar 99.8. Exceed and Excel has been a wonderful sire both locally and internationally with a W/R ratio of 48.3%. The female line through Nazca is excellent with a 6GFI of 17.1%. This area of the yearling’s pedigree bristles with exceptional horses. Zomorada (by Deploy) is the dam of Dubawi (now ranked second in global sires list) and  In the Wings (by Sadler’s Wells) the sire of Singspiel.

Exceed and Excel: great racehorse and great sire

The cross Exceed and Excel x Medaglia d’Oro has already produced two SW. Aquitaine winner of the L Mick Dittman Plate (1006m), and Bacchanalia winner of L Gosford Guineas.

Medaglia d’Oro is rated the twelfth best broodmare sire in the world.

Lot 463 f Medaglia d’Oro – Devout Heiress (by Speightstown)

A PRI score of 92.1 indicates a horse which should have success on the race track. Medaglia d’Oro is a successful sire (currently ranked tenth in global rankings )  with a W/R ratio of 54.4%. The female line is quite strong with a 6GFI 10.4%. Among the relations are Park Express, a dual G1 winner of both the Nassau Stakes (10f) and Irish Champion Stakes (10f), and dam of New Approach (G1 Epsom Derby).  Alfred Nobel winner of G1 Phoenix Stakes (6f) is also a family member.

The cross  Medaglia d’Oro x Speightstown has a SW/R ratio of 8.70% and produced two SW to date.  Rockefeller won the 2yo Nashua Stakes G3 (1610m), and Whatwasithinking won the 3yo  Auburn Stakes G3 (1200m). Speightstown  is a son of Gone West and is placed 23 in global sire broodmare rankings).

Lot 655 c Magnus – Rathlin Island (by Giant’s Causeway)

A PRI score of 99.2 is spectacular for this yearling.  Giant’s Causeway is currently rated the number five broodmare sire in the world. Consequently, any horse of which he is broodmare sire deserves attention. The female line of Lot 655 had a healthy 6GFI of 8.69% . Included are Mastercraftsman ( European Champion of his year), Hidden Talent (Kentucky Oaks) and Ack Ack (A four times G1 winner and America’s Champion sire of 1994.

Magnus (Flying Spur- Scandinavia); Has plenty of important relations

The cross Magnus x Giant’s Causeway has already produced a G3 winner at 13500m.  Platinum Kingdom won the Fred Best Classic and four L races in NZ including the Dunedin Guineas.

Magnus has not quite lived up to expectations. He certainly has the chance when crosses to this Giant’s Causeway mare.

Lot 779 f Foxwedge – Girona (by Giant’s Causeway)

A PRI score of 88.1 is still high enough to warrant attention. The AEI around this PRI score (expressed as a mean) is $41.7k. Foxwedge is a more than useful sire and of his 21 SW, 16 have been female. Hence Lot 779 is even more interesting. The female line has a 6GFI of 6.12%; while not exceptional it is above average.

The cross Foxwedge x Giant’s Causeway line has already produced the a SW filly Wild Vixen, winner of two L races, Bennet’s Racing Black Pearl 1208m and H C Nitschke Stakes 1400m.

There is no doubt there will be some excellent juveniles at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale 2022. Good luck in finding them.

Where are all the mares from top Northern Hemisphere sires

Where are all the mares from top Northern Hemisphere sires?

Australian breeders are bringing the best stallion bloodlines to Australia, however, mares from the top broodmare sires in the northern hemisphere are quite rare. We have never had two US Triple Crown winners reported to stand at the same time for 2020. But what about the mares from top Broodmare sires of the Northern Hemisphere? At the Gold Coast MM National Broodmare and Weanling Sale such mares are very rare.

Top Broodmare sires of the Northern Hemisphere

Bloodhorse ranks Giant’s Causeway as the leading broodmare sire in the Northern Hemisphere. From 397 runners he produced 180 winners (45%w/r) and 12 SW. In the top ten, the Halo line through Sunday Silence has two representatives. A P Indy and French Deputy also have two each. None of these broodmare sires have any mares in the sale. Why is it so? Are Australian breeders more interested in black type form in weak listed races than in pedigrees? Perhaps these mares are too expensive for them? Perhaps the market responds to form in listed races and regard pedigree of little importance? Halo dominance goes further than the top ten. In rankings 11-20, the broodmare sire through Halo has an additional four stallions. The total is six out of the top twenty (30%).

Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway is the only Broodmare sire in the top ten of the Northern Hemisphere represented at the Sale. He has two lots. How will their progeny measure up?

Lot 572 Blueberry Smoothie (Giant’s Causeway-Shampoo) in foal to The Autumn Sun

Blueberry Smoothie has a Mares’ Mating Index (MMI) of 540 which is useful but 30% below the best I have measured. The PRI score is 66.7 % which doesn’t suggest great things are in store for the progeny. The analysis is hindered by the fact that The Autumn Sun is at the start of his stud career and has no runners let alone SW. Dosage suggest at horse at his best at the classic distances. Danehill and most of his sons cross well with Storm Cat broodmare lines so that is something in the mare’s favour.

Lot 637 Elahi (Giant’s Causeway-Tempest Morn) in foal to Dundeel

Elahi has a Mares’ Mating Index (MMI) rating of 590 which is 25% below the best. The PRI score is a modest 71%. However, there is some good news here. Of the ten SW of Dundeel, three have Storm Bird represented in their female line. The most relevant is Transact (Dundeel-Rap Tale, by Tale of the Cat) who was successful in the VRC St Leger over 2800m. Dosage suggests a strong stayer, so if you are looking for a potential Melbourne Cup horse, this could be it. You probably need a colt as all ten Dundeel stake winners have been of the male variety..


Before leaving the subject of Giant’s Causeway, a word about what a great racehorse this six times G1 winner was .One of these wins was the Irish Champion Stakes but his best performance was in the 2000 Breeders Cup Classic. He didn’t win, but his performance was that of a real Champion. Three times America’s top sire, European Champion horse in 2000, and now top broodmare sire. What is left to achieve?