Widden Stud Celebrate Overwhelming Premier Success

 In 2017, News

In the first year of Widden Stud establishing a base in Victoria, we are thrilled to finish the 2022 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale as the leading vendor by aggregate after selling 27 yearlings for $5,322,500 including the sale-topping $950,000 I Am Invincible colt from Group III winning Casino Prince mare Fine Bubbles.

Bred by Sun Bloodstock, the colt was bought by Tom Magnier and is a full brother to Group III placed Covert Ops coming from the family of Everest hero Yes Yes Yes, who stands at Coolmore.

“We’ve had a great run with Home Affairs, he is obviously red hot right now having won the Lightning last week and we came here with the intention of buying the best I Am Invincible colt we could find at the sale and physically he really stood out,’’ Coolmore’s Colm Santry said.

“He was a great mover, we really liked him, the pedigree was good, we didn’t think we had to go as far with the price, but we did and we are very glad we got him.

“Looking at him he could be a two-year-old. He’s very mature, got a great girth on him, great shoulder, great big hip, but he was a magnificent mover for an I Am Invincible colt which gave us the tick of approval for him.’

Widden Stud based sires were in strong demand and particularly our young gun sires Written By and Trapeze Artist.

Written By had the single highest sale of any of the first season sires with his colt from Elite Ateates fetching $380,000 for Springmount when knocked down to McEvoy Mitchell Racing / Belmont Bloodstock Agency.

The handsome chestnut is a half-brother to Group I WATC Winterbottom Stakes winner Elite Street, a winner of over $1.2million in prizemoney.

Springmount also achieved the best result for Trapeze Artist with their filly from La Haraka selling for $280,000 to John O’Shea Racing.

The dashing grey is from the family of Group I winning filly Snitzerland, who is by Trapeze Artist’s sire Snitzel.

Our proven favourite Nicconi made a splash with a powerhouse chestnut colt from Clearwater Bay selling for $340,000 to Belmont Bloodstock.  Consigned by Maluka Thoroughbreds, he is a full brother to Group I MRC Blue Diamond runner-up Lankan Star.