Yearning might have been beaten on debut, but Hawkes Racing gave a strong indication of how highly it rates the daughter of Snitzel on Day 1 at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
The training team of John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes went to $2.5 million for the brother to the two-year-old filly, who is out of the ATC Oaks winner and Caulfield Cup runner-up Rising Romance.
“We’ve got the full sister at home who is very, very smart,” Wayne Hawkes said in reference to Yearning, who was narrowly beaten over 1100 metres on the Kensington track at Randwick on March 25.
“She only had one start and ran second the other day, but I think all the good judges will realise that she was in the wrong part of the track – they came down the outside fence and she was caught back on the inside – so we think she might be ‘the one’.
“When you’ve got one at home and you look at this bloke and you look at the physical, you go ‘wow’.”
Yearning carries the colours of Arrowfield Stud, which stands champion stallion Snitzel and was the farm that prepared the $2.5 million colt for sale.
Hawkes said a group of stable clients had been gathered to race the colt, who caught the eye of the Hall of Fame member of their training team at first sight.
“He was the second horse that we saw Tuesday afternoon and dad turned me and Michael and said, ‘we’re taking this one home by hook or by crook’,” he said.
“We just put a heap of stable clients into the horse. When John Hawkes says I want, we’ve got to do our best to try and pull it together.”
The Snitzel colt was the second $2 million-plus buy in the first two hours of selling at Easter, claiming top honours from the Exceed And Excel colt who sold to Tony Fung for $2.1 million just 15 minutes into the sale.
The yearlings who sold for more than $2 million were among 11 seven-figure youngsters on a day that saw results return to, and surpass, pre-COVID levels.
The 205 youngsters offered realised $64,470,000 in total sales at an average of $368,400, which was up almost $15,000 on the 2019 average.
Selling continues at 10am Wednesday with a further 226 lots catalogued on the second and final day.
INGLIS EASTER YEARLING SALE – DAY 1 TOP LOTS
$2,500,000: Lot 45 – Snitzel x Rising Romance colt. Bought by Hawkes Racing.
$2,100,000: Lot 5 – Exceed And Excel x Peace Force colt. Bought by Tony Fung.
$1,250,000: Lot 149 – I Am Invincible x Vezalay filly. Bought by Hermitage/Coolmore.
$1,200,000: Lot 227 – Snitzel x Bulbula colt. Bought by The Victorian Alliance.
$1,150,000: Lot 139 – Snitzel x Turbo Miss colt. Bought by Ciaron Maher.
$1,150,000: Lot 173 – I Am Invincible x Zamzam colt. Bought by James Harron/Tom Magnier.
$1,100,000: Lot 53 – Fastnet Rock x Rostova filly. Bought by James Harron.
$1,050,000: Lot 63 – Exceed And Excel x Sanity. Bought by Tony Fung.
$1,050,000: Lot 69 – Snitzel x Secluded filly. Bought by Dean Hawthorne.
$1,050,000: Lot 222 – Capitalist x Bonnie Mac colt. Bought Greg Hickman.
$1,000,000: Lot 187 – Not A Single Doubt x Aloona colt. Bought by Tom Magnier.