First Season a Vintage Crop with Flying Artie an Unexpected Star

Tara Madgwick - Wednesday February 24

A Tweet on Tuesday highlighting the Top 10 rated two year-olds this season got us thinking about the performance of our current first season sires given five horses on that list are by the newbies including Group I Blue Diamond winner Artorius, who is rated head and shoulders above his rivals.
 



A variety of first season sires were popular at the 2020 yearling sales as you can see in the list tabled below, but it’s interesting to see the sire of Artorius, Flying Artie, was not greeted with any real enthusiasm.

Top 20 Australian Based First Season Sires for All Australian Yearling Sales 2020
 

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SIRE

Sold

Agg

Average

Median

2017 Service Fee

American Pharoah (USA)

55

12770000

232182

160000

66000

Shalaa (IRE)

65

10401500

160023

140000

33000

Capitalist

108

16940000

156852

120000

55000

Extreme Choice

37

4505000

121757

100000

38500

Maurice (Jpn)

40

4501500

112538

100000

33000

Frosted (USA)

22

1942000

88273

57500

38500

Xtravagant (NZ)

32

2715000

84844

70000

16500

Astern

65

5464000

84062

60000

38500

Winning Rupert

62

5017000

80919

56000

22000

Cable Bay  (IRE)

23

1844000

80174

80000

19800

Divine Prophet

43

3429000

79744

40000

22000

Star Turn

60

4523000

75383

60000

22000

Air Force Blue (USA)

19

1421000

74789

52500

16500

Sooboog

46

2756000

59913

50000

13200

Palentino

29

1506500

51948

30000

17600

Awesome Rock

18

909000

50500

40000

8000

Flying Artie

66

3126500

47371

34250

38500

Mikki Isle (Jpn)

27

1213500

44944

37500

13750

Alpine Eagle

29

1290500

44500

35000

7700

Rommel

15

639000

42600

34000

5500


Despite the fact he placed in both the Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond before emerging at three as the champion sprinter of his generation with a dominant victory in the Group I VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes, Flying Artie found the going tough despite covering a good debut book of mares at a fee of $38,500.

Flying Artie

Newgate Farm launched four well credentialled sires at the 2020 sales - Capitalist, Extreme Choice, Flying Artie and Winning Rupert – and when all the results were in, Flying Artie was a clear last of the quartet in terms of sale ring favour.

Now here we are a year down the track and those Flying Artie yearlings that failed to ignite any flashy buyer spending have come out running with five Australian winners so far and in Artorius, he has a Group I winner on the board already which is something most stallions never get in their lifetime.

What does that say about the good judges, who are paying a fortune looking for sires to get early runners and completely missed Flying Artie?

Maybe a clue lies in the post-race interview with Sam Freedman, who was quick to praise his father Anthony for selecting and buying Artorius for just $120,000 from the Vinery draft at Magic Millions.

Artorius as a yearling.

"Dad's a very good judge of a yearling. We thought he was immature and just gave him time. Honestly, in the last six months he's turned into a beast," Sam Freedman said.

It’s one thing to go to a sale and find the biggest, strongest and most developed yearling there… it’s a different thing to envisage the average yearling as to what he might become and that’s what has happened with Artorius.

It’s a similar scenario for last  week’s impressive Sydney debut winner Bourbon Flyer, who made just $50,000 at Inglis Easter and has grown into a magnificent looking colt.

Click to see the winners so far by Flying Artie as yearlings.

This year the sale ring fortunes of Flying Artie have been on the rise with 20 yearlings selling so far at an average $86,700 and that was before Artorius came along.

He has a small selection for Inglis Premier and you can see them here.

 

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