Money turner for pin-hookers at Premier
The Melbourne Premier plaudits for Swettenham Stud sire Equiano continued on Tuesday when his first-crop rounded out Session 1 with an exceptional average of $105,200.
Top price among his 15 lots was the $420,000 colt from Hidden Energy. It was the highest price ever paid for a yearling by a first season sire in Victoria.
Swettenham owner Adam Sangster and his staff received further recognition when Inglis voted their draft the best-presented among all the studs represented at Oaklands. And the Swettenham marquee would also vie for ‘Best on Ground’ in the hospitality stakes. “It’s been a tremendous team effort,” Sangster said on Tuesday evening. “Everyone at the stud and the Flemington office did a terrific job promoting our yearlings.” New Zealand based breeders Bruce and Maureen Harvey were pleased they got in on the ground floor with Equiano. The Ascot Farm owners pin-hooked the Equiano - Plus Jamais filly at the Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale last year for $28,000. They booked a return ticket to Oaklands and cashed in when she made $160,000 on Tuesday. The filly will stay in Victoria to be trained by Jason Warren at Mornington.
Another profitable pin-hook was the Equiano - Circus Polka colt that cost Newcastle trainer Paul Perry $170,000 on Sunday. He went through the Oaklands sale-ring as a foal for $35,000 last year. “All the Equiano yearlings I’ve inspected this week are very good types,” Perry said. “They’re well-balanced, well put together and have plenty of presence.” He trained champion sprinter Choisir to win the 2003 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and Equiano doubled up with Group 1 victories in the same race in 2008 and 2010.
Perry also prepares Circus Polka’s two year-old colt Moduc who won at Newcastle and Scone in January before finishing an unlucky second in the $250,000 Inglis Premier at Mornington on February 12.
In England, Equiano has his first two year-olds in training and there are two colts by him entered for the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale commencing on April 15.
Lot 114 at Tattersalls is an Equiano half-brother to Polar Force, a winner of 8 races who was also Group 1 placed in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
Lot 148 is a half-brother to French stakes performer Ominous (Oasis Dream).