He had a tremendous girth and balance and seemed to do everything right

Frankel colt sells for $1.6 million in Australia

A colt by Frankel out of John Singleton's Gr.2 winner More Strawberries was a highlight on day three of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Australia, selling for A$1.6 million to Guy Mulcaster on behalf of champion trainer Chris Waller.

Lot 423 (pictured), consigned by Strawberry Hill Stud, is to stay in Australia to be trained by Waller.

"I first saw the Frankel colt last Tuesday and was immediately captivated by him," said Mulcaster in the Sydney Morning Herald. "I loved the colt and had a lengthy talk with Duncan Grimley about him and told Chris he was a horse which he should have to train. He had a tremendous girth and balance and seemed to do everything right."

Waller said the $1.6 million was by far the biggest outlay he had made in his training career.

"I think that my previous record was $700,000," the champion trainer declared. "He was truly a great looking colt."

On day two of the sale, two Frankels sold for $760,000 and $610,000.

Lot 357, a filly out  of Gr.2 winner Jeu De Cartes consigned by Cressfield Stud, sold for $750,000 to Katsumi Yoshida, and is headed to Japan. ​

Shadai representative Yusuke Tsukahara told the TDN: “She was the best. We have some Frankels at home. We like Frankel and we liked this one as well, so we decided to try to buy her."

Shadwell bought Lot 273, a filly out of South African Gr.1 winner Chocolicious consigned by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, for $610,000. The filly will be trained in South Africa by champion trainer Mike de Kock.

Shadwell representative Angus Gold said: "She looked a really tough, hardy filly. She looks more precocious than any Frankel I've seen. She looks like she should be a two-year-old, so we'll hope the magic of the de Kock team can turn her into a good race filly.

"I loved this filly," Gold added. "I went to the box just to see her beforehand and she's a no-nonsense, hardy-looking filly who looks like she just wants to get on with it."

Frankel finished the Inglis Easter Yearling sale as the leading sire by average ($986,667) and by median ($750,000).

After the sale, Lot 217, a colt by Frankel out of Buenos Aires, was sold privately to Robbie Laing for $500,000.

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