South Africans active at Inglis Premier
Multiple Group 1-winning South African trainer Brett Crawford is a man that knows how to make an entrance.
On his first trip to the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Crawford bought the first half-million-dollar youngster of this year’s sale.
He outbid champion local trainer Peter Moody to acquire a filly by Snitzel out of Belle Of The City for $560,000.
Crawford was asked to attend the Melbourne sale by prominent South African breeding family, the Kieswetters, who were keen for him to head home with the Snitzel filly.
“It’s the first time I’ve bought for them (the Kieswetters), they’ve bought at this sale before and they asked if I’d come this year and see if I could find something.
“I’m very excited to get a filly of her class. There are other horses on their list, so I’m sure they’re going to try for a few more, but this is the filly that I really wanted.
“I think she’s a quality filly, an exception walker who just has a lot of class about her.”
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The filly is by former proven producer Snitzel out of a Bel Esprit mare. Belle Of The City did not make it to the racetrack, but is a half-sister to Blue Diamond Preview winnerCecconi.
She now heads to Cape Town to be a part of Crawford’s 100-strong stable.
The 43-year-old trainer, who was born in Zimbabwe, learnt his craft under some of the biggest names in South African racing, including Mike de Kock, and has been training in his own right since 2001 and has prepared 14 Group 1 winners.
His Snitzel filly was clearly the highest-priced lot of an opening day that also saw a colt by freshman sire Foxwedge out of Hold That Tiger mare Carlton Show sell for $340,000, also to South African interests.
Three other youngsters fetched at least $250,000; a filly by Bel Esprit and a colt by Not A Single Doubt who both sold for $260,000, while a colt by boom first-season sire Sepoy sold or $250,000.
Full results for Day 1 of the sale can be found via the Inglis website.
The Premier Yearling Sale runs until Wednesday, with Day 2 action kicking off from 10am Monday.
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