Yearling price record tumbles at Melbourne sale

By Peter Wharton

A fresh Australian record for a yearling sold at auction of $270,000 was established for the Captaintreacherous colt from the top racemare Carla’s Pixel on the opening day of the Nutrien Equine Melbourne Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction.

Offered by Shannon and Megan Nixon, of Nixon Bloodstock, Bacchus Marsh, the striking bay colt was purchased by Adelaide couple Terry and Rosalie Cluse, clients of Nathan Jack’s Shepparton stable.

The colt is the first foal out of Carlas Pixel, a winner of 19 races and $480,128 and who took a record of 1:49.5 winning the 2018 NSW Ladyship Mile.

In demand sire Captaintreacherous had three of the seven youngsters to reach six figures at the sale.

A Captaintreacherous colt from the dual Group winner Bamako Mali 1:55.6 ($259,309), consigned by Benstud Standardbreds, fetched $170,000 on the bid of Bannnockburn horseman Geoff Webster, while another colt, from the Listed winner and multiple Group 1 placegetter Perfect Sense 1:55.5 ($143,530), offered by Bruce Edwards’ Durham Park Standardbreds, was secured by Summit Bloodstock for $100,000.

A pair of colts by leading sire Bettor’s Delight and both offered by Benstud Standardbreds were the third and fourth highest priced youngsters.

A Bettor’s Delight colt from the Mach Three mare Annalise, a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Petillante 1:53.4 ($183,640), was bought by Nutrien Bendigo as agent for $160,000, while a colt from the Breeders Crown runner-up Angel Of Arts 1:55.5 ($100,600) realised $150,000 on the bid of Luke and Belinda McCarthy’s Cobbitty Equine Farm.

Two trotting yearlings – both offered by Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms – topped the second day at $100,000 each.

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Shannon Nixon with Captaintreacherous x Carla’s Pixel colt