Juddmonte Farms


A daughter of FRANKEL was the highest-priced filly on day one of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale yesterday (7th April).

Taken from the ANZ Bloodstock News, 8th April 2020:

Demand for quality fillies with pedigrees to match was a feature of the Easter sale yesterday with nine of the top 20 yearlings sold being fillies.

One agent keen to make a long-term investment in a filly on behalf of a client yesterday was James Harron who went to A$670,000 for a highly touted FRANKEL filly from the Evergreen Stud draft. A half-sister to Hong Kong Group 3 winner Thewizardofoz, the FRANKEL filly is the eighth foal out of champion New Zealand Group 1-winning mare Princess Coup, whom Evergreen Stud’s Tony Bott paid A$3 million for at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale. She was catalogued as Lot 143.

“The mare was obviously a superstar and it is great to see her produce such an amazing filly in this FRANKEL. It is probably one of the best FRANKELs I have laid eyes on,” Harron declared. “The filly didn’t turn a hair when I went to look at her a few times. She had a wonderful walk on her, a beautiful attitude and a wonderful depth of girth.

“She is a very exciting filly for us and hopefully she can do well on the track and then be part of the broodmare band for a long time to come.”

Harron is arguably better known as a buyer of colts and on Saturday his syndicate enjoyed elite level success with Inglis Sires (Gr.1) winner King’s Legacy at Randwick. But buying fillies is far from foreign to the agent and was more than happy with the price tag he paid for yesterday’s acquisition. “It costs a lot of money to produce these fillies and a lot of breeders have put a lot of money and risk in to that and I think for this sort of quality and this calibre of horse I think it was a fair price, but in this current market it's quite difficult to understand where the mark is,” Harron said.

“I think you have to put a price on what suits you and drive on from there. We were happy and I think that was around the right mark.

“We have always bought fillies over the years for different owners, so we just go through and do all the work and get as many shortlisted as we can.”

The Easter sale has been overshadowed by the ramifications caused by the coronavirus in recent weeks and Harron believes yesterday’s sale: “has done extraordinarily well given the circumstances.”

“It has always been a sale we have been picky at. We really try and focus on what we really want here and it is a good chance to pick up some really blue-chip quality assets,” Harron said.

Date: 08 April 2020