04/16/2013 11:36PM

Solis Bloodstock active at Inglis broodmare sale opener

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California-based Solis Bloodstock made headlines at the opening session of the Inglis Australian Easter broodmare sale near Sydney, New South Wales, on Tuesday, recording the session’s two highest prices for a pair of broodmares with excellent pedigrees.

Solis Bloodstock purchased session-topping One World for about $748,000 ($720,000 Australian) from the consignment of Coolmore Stud, agent. The Group 3-winning daughter of Danehill was sold in foal to Darley stallion Lonhro, whose son Pierro is a leading contender in Saturday’s Group 1 Doncaster Handicap at Royal Randwick.

One World is out of the unraced Artichoke mare Prawn Cocktail and is a full sister to Group 1 winner Langoustine and a half-sister to stakes-placed Achill Island and Marigot Bay. Achill Island finished second in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

One World’s extended female family includes Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and sire Royal Academy and U.S. graded stakes winners Crimson Saint and Pancho Villa. Most importantly, she is a close relation to Terlingua, a Grade 2 winner and the dam of breed-shaping sire Storm Cat. 

Solis Bloodstock also bought the session’s second highest-priced broodmare, the stakes-placed Unbridled’s Song mare Diamond Necklace, for about $561,000 ($540,000 Australian). Diamond Necklace was sold in foal to Australian sire Commands from the consignment of Tyreel Stud. She is half-sister to European champion and sire Shamardal and is from the family of Grade and Group 1 winner and prominent sire Street Cry.

Overall, Inglis reported 125 lots sold at the session for about $11,307,000 ($10,882,000 Australian), a 40 percent drop compared with the opening session in 2012, when 133 lots sold for about $18,760,000. The average price of about $90,460 declined 36 percent, and the median of about $46,760 fell 33 percent. The buyback rate improved slightly, from 35 percent in 2011 to 31 percent this year.

“Noting that we had fewer top-class fillies off the track than last year, the young mares and proven producers that vendors bought here today did sell well at an improved clearance rate to a strong local, interstate, and international buying branch,” Inglis managing director Mark Webster said.

The three-day broodmare auction will continue on Wednesday and conclude on Thursday, with sessions set to begin at 10:30 a.m. local time.

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