Peter Moody missed out on the half-brother to his champion mare Black Caviar but the trainer still walked away from the Australian Easter Yearling Sale with his pick of the colts.
Moody paid $850,000 for a son of Redoute’s Choice out of Park Esteem on Thursday, just a day after his $1 million bid wasn’t enough to get the Casino Prince half-brother to the unbeaten Black Caviar.
That colt went for a sale topping $1.025 million to the bid of Hawkes Racing with Nathan Tinkler reported to be in the ownership.
“We went a bit higher on one yesterday but this is just a lovely colt,” Moody said.
“I thought he might have made a million dollars. I thought he was probably the nicest colt at the sale. He’s a smashing colt with a wonderful pedigree.”
The annual sale in Sydney ended on a high on Thursday with the premier session average at $239,484, up 8.6 per cent on last year with an 81 per cent clearance rate.
The only other million dollar lot over the three days was a filly sold on the first day to Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan.
She is a three-quarter sister to Group winner Rothesay who was trained by Ryan and will stand at stud this spring.
Although only two yearlings reached the magic $1 million, overall the sale was strong with international buyers active.
The afternoon session on Thursday featured less expensive lots with an average of $78,203, up from $75,704 last year.