South Australian-based nursery Cornerstone Stud were almost instantly repaid for their decision to offer their first draft at that the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale when Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA), working on behalf of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, purchased a colt by Toronado (Ire) for $420,000.
The farm’s General Manager Sam Pritchard-Gordon said the idea to offer a first draft at the Sydney sale was off the back of a suggestion from Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager James Price and Bloodstock consultant Sinead Flannery.
“James Price and Sinead Flannery visited the farm in the middle of winter and they were really complimentary of the weanlings we had on the farm and they said we should have a draft here. He actually said the Toronado colt would sell well and he was right,” explained Pritchard-Gordon.
The $420,000 handed the farm it’s second-best result ever, falling marginally short of their record of $425,000 which was provided when they sold a colt by Capitalist at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale in 2021.
Our final lot of the opening day of the @inglis_sales Classic sale, a stunning bay colt by @SwettenhamStud's Toronado out of the G3W Art Series sells to @HKJC_Racing for $420,000.@CraigRounsefell @anz_news @TDNAusNZ @Aushorse_TBA @breednet @SAbreeders @vicbreeders @FBAA_agents pic.twitter.com/TqwvisPF0w
— Cornerstone Stud (@CornerstoneStud) February 12, 2023
“It is the second-best result we’ve ever had. He was a really good type with really clean x-rays and I think there are a lot of things that have to go right to get a good price. He was a big strong boy and the stallion is going so well in Hong Kong, so it all added up,” said Pritchard-Gordon.
The good record helped Swettenham Stud-based sire Toronado finish with a leading average (with three or more lots sold) of $240,000, which is 8.7 times the stallion’s 2020 service fee which was set at $27,500 (inc GST).
It was no surprise to see the colt purchased for Hong Kong, given the stallion’s strong results in the Asian jurisdiction with 15 of his 19 of his starters being winners and they are headed by dual Group 3 winner Senor Toba and stakes-placed gelding Prince Of Sussex.
The colt is the second foal out of the Group 3-winning Sebring mare Art Series and Rounsefell (pictured above with the colt) was confident he will prove the perfect purchase for Hong Kong.
“He is an extremely athletic type with plenty of class and quality. I love the Toronado stock and this colt is out a tough Group 3-winning mare and from a proven nursery. He has a wonderful temperament and is a strong addition to the HKJC International Sale,” said Boomer.
View out 2023 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale draft HERE.