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Brandenburg ridden by Regan Bayliss wins the inaugural running of The Coast, from Nudge (Kerrin McEvoy) middle, and Brutality (Kathy OHara) right, at Gosford last Saturday. Photo Virginia Harvey.

Brandenburg ridden by Regan Bayliss wins the inaugural running of The Coast, from Nudge (Kerrin McEvoy) middle, and Brutality (Kathy OHara) right, at Gosford last Saturday. Photo Virginia Harvey.

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Coolmore spends up big at Inglis Chairman's

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A Brisbane carnival appearance beckons Brandenburg following his win in the inaugural $500,000 1600 metres event, The Coast, which was among the feature races on the stand-alone city program meet at Gosford last Saturday.

In front of a festive crowd, the John Sargent trained Brandenburg - a New Zealand bred son of Redoute's Choice sire Burgundy, defeated Fastnet Rock mare Nudge, and Brutality third.

The Joe Pride trained Brutality, is a gelded son of Victorian based sire Shamus Award, a Snitzel stallion also sire of recent Group 1 winner Media Award, as well as mare Enchanted Heart, winner of the Debortoli Wines Takeover Target-LR another Gosford feature.

Trained by Kris Lees at Newcastle, Enchanted Heart was an $80,000 buy for Australian Bloodstock, which sold via Golden Grove Stud, Denman at Inglis' Classic Yearling Sale.

A New Zealand bred six-year-old daughter of Irish bred Azamour, Polly Grey gave Rosehill trainer Chris Waller his third win in the Reward Group and Luux Properties Gosford Gold Cup-LR.

Gosford was also represented with "country cousins", with Unencumbered mare, Last Chance Dance, leading all the way to win the TAB Highway Handicap.

The Unencumbered four-year-old mare was purchased via an Inglis online auction earlier this year.

While the galloper's Scone conditioner Scott Singleton was absent, Last Chance Dance is raced by Tammy Overton who was cheering trackside with her daughter and Last Chance Dance's strapper Seanna Crawley, together with the trainer's wife Lucy.

 Lucy Singleton (deputising for husband and Scone trainer Scott) with Last Chance Dance and Seanna Crawley after TAB Highway Handicap win. Photo Virginia Harvey.

Lucy Singleton (deputising for husband and Scone trainer Scott) with Last Chance Dance and Seanna Crawley after TAB Highway Handicap win. Photo Virginia Harvey.

Inglis millions

COOLMORE stud was the leading buyer at Inglis' The Chairman's Sale of elite breeding prospects at Riverside Stables last Friday evening, spending a combined $5.1m on three of the top five lots.

These included the auction's top price of $2.5m for MRC Oakleigh Plate-G1 winner Celebrity Queen, which became the highest-priced mare ever sold at The Chairman's Sale.

Held in an electric charged Warwick Farm auditorium, the top selling mare by Redoute's Choice was sold on behalf of absent Western Australian breeders and owners Bob and Sandra Peters, via the Harris family's Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone.

A total of seven mares fetched $1m or more, while a further nine sold for $500,000 or more, ending the session with $28.235m traded, for a $532,736 average, from the 52 sold lots.

Daughter of Redoute's Choice stallion Time Thief, In Her Time, sold for second top at $2.2m. In foal to I Am Invincible, the $3.77m track-earning mare sold via Newgate Farm, Aberdeen, to Victorian based operation Yulong.

Coolmore's other buys included two-year-old Group 1 winner El Dorado Dreaming, and Savanna Amour which was in foal to Fastnet Rock.

 Allen and Karen Fox of Foxhill, Tamworth, and Karen's mum Mary Olive with the Stratum Star-Nouvelle Charm colt they sold for $20,000 at Inglis Yearling Sale.

Allen and Karen Fox of Foxhill, Tamworth, and Karen's mum Mary Olive with the Stratum Star-Nouvelle Charm colt they sold for $20,000 at Inglis Yearling Sale.

Third-top was gorgeous chestnut Pippie (a dual Group 1 winner by I Am Invincible), which sold via Sledmere Stud, Scone for $1.8m.

She was knocked down to Tasman Bloodstock on behalf of the Wayne Bedggood managed Cressfield, near Parkville.

A top of $400,000 was achieved at the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale, held earlier last week. Victorian breeder David Digney sold - via Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone, the sale topping colt by Capitalist, from Redoute's Choice mare Laylia.

The colt was among 23 entries which sold for $100,000 or more helping to push the overall gross to $8.574m (a 32% increase from 2019), with an average of $44,411, and for an 86% clearance.

A weanling filly by Coolmore Stud's first crop US Triple Crown winner Justify and produced from Now Now, sold for second top at $300,000, selling from Mike's O'Donnell's Fairhill Farm to Silverdale Farm/Suman Hedge Bloodstock.

Meanwhile, a colt which cost $18,000 at last year's Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale - held online due to Covid-19, topped the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders' Association May Yearling Sale also held last week.

Offered by Kingstar Farm, the colt - which fetched $145,000, was by first crop Snitzel sire Russian Revolution, and sold to Bevan Smith Bloodstock and Singapore's Kuldeep Singh Rajput.

Capitalist again highlighted with the second top at $140,000 for a colt from Glistening Light sold via Huntworth Stud, Exeter.

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