''I came over to Australia with four yearlings to show off to the Aussie trainers and agents who Per Incanto is and the type of yearling that he leaves on the ground,'' said Sam Williams, boss of Little Avondale Stud in Masterton, before the start of the Inglis Classic sales last Sunday. He was spot on in his marketing plans after Per Incanto conquered a fickle buying bench over the two days.
Bloodlines knew very little about Per Incanto, which made a second look a must. He's by Darley's Street Cry, which commands a $100,000 service fee .
Per Incanto stands for just $NZ4000 ($3700) at Little Avondale in a competitive New Zealand stallion marketplace. The galloper did most of his racing in Italy where he won at black-type level, and also raced in the US where he was successful in lower grades. However, buyers liked what they saw in his progeny and at the finish of the Classic sales, Per Incanto sold four lots at $90,000, $65,000, $62,500 and $26,000.
This gave him a total of $243,500 and an average of $60,875, which gave him second leading stallion honours for three or more lots sold in a most surprising performance.
These figures tell the story and Williams has prospered with his experiment. He's also looking forward to the forthcoming Karaka sales - beginning on January 27 and encompassing the Premier, Select and Festival sessions - with Per Incanto's yearlings.
He's got just one in the Premier sale, lot 263, a colt with a terrific damside pedigree. This follows with 12 at the Select sale and four more at the Festival auction.
Per Incanto's performance will be closely monitored and reported by Bloodlines in coming weeks.
The Inglis Classic yearling sale at the Newmarket complex last Sunday and Monday provided a fabulous return and part of the success can be attributed to Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller's domination of the Magic Million sales a week earlier.
So many trainers and bloodstock agents were blown out of the water on the Gold Coast and, as a result, their orders were not filled. Most were on hand in Sydney to try to reverse this situation.
And they must have breathed a sigh of relief as Waterhouse and her Round Table syndicate were absentees, and Waller and his new stable addition Star Thoroughbreds bought just one lot each.
After just four lots reached six figures on Sunday, three at $100,000 and the other at $105,000, bidding hotted up on Monday with 11 six-figure lots, including the sales-topper, a Snitzel colt, fetching $200,000 to roving trainer Tony McEvoy.
This helped the average for 370 lots sold to $35,020 - up 5 per cent on last year - and a gross turnover of almost $13 million. McEvoy came away as leading buyer with six lots at $435,000, having also paid $100,000 for a Dubleo colt.
Ron Quinton bought the second-top-priced lot at $170,000 for a colt by Not A Single Doubt after he bought a Myboycharlie colt for $100,000 on day one.
The sale's top-priced filly was by the deceased sire Northern Meteor and she went to Laurel Oak for $130,000.
There was a strong presence at the sale, especially on Sunday with a larger-than-normal crowd, but it was the serious buyers on Monday who bumped up the bidding.
Snitzel, which has cleared out with a big lead in the stallions' premiership with progeny earnings of $5,444,362, leading Fastnet Rock on $4,616,490, had seven lots sell for a $57,714 average.