Shadowbrook Bloodstock were celebrating a good day’s trade on Thursday when they sold five weanlings for a total receipts of $566,000 at an average $113,200 and their results were spearheaded by a colt by Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (Ire) who was purchased by Justin Bahen for $240,000.

Catalogued as Lot 89 and offered by Shadowbrook Bloodstock, the colt is out Listed winner Spectrolite (Stratum), who Shadowbrook purchased for $40,000 at the Inglis Sydney Broodmare and Weanling Sale in 2019.

Spectrolite is a half-sister to dual winner She’s Sirius (Galileo {Ire}) – the dam of Group 3 winner Sirileo Miss (Pride Of Dubai). Further back this is the same family Listed winner Hit It Star (Hit It Benny) and she in turn produced stakes scorer Hitapotomoss (Twig Moss {Fr}).

Lot 89 – Toronado (Ire) x Spectrolite (colt) | Image courtesy of Inglis

The colt was one of six purchases signed down to Bahen, who ended the day leading buyer by both aggregate $1,120,000 and number of lots bought with six.

“My client wanted to make a bee-line for the weanling market on the belief the yearling market will continue to be strong next year and he and I are both rapt with the quality of both colts and fillies we’ve been able to buy today,’’ Bahen said.

“He’s trying to buy the best horses at the Sale and was certainly very active because he liked what he saw there in the catalogue.


Justin Bahen | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

“We’re very happy with the results from today, he’s got a nice spread of horses.’’

Shadowbrook’s Carol Hassell was ecstatic with the result and said the colt had been very popular during the inspections leading up to the Sale.

“He’s a lovely horse, he’d been very popular here all week, had lots of x-ray hits and then lots of action in the ring. He’s been out of his box basically all week, all in all we’ve done at least 450 individual parades from our eight horses, it’s been fabulous,’’ Hassell said.

“…we’ve done at least 450 individual parades from our eight horses, it’s been fabulous.’’ – Carol Hassell

“It’s been a fabulous week, there’s been people everywhere, so many people here on the grounds, Inglis has done a wonderful job. The Great Southern Sale is getting stronger and stronger and the future looks bright.’’

Toronado (Ire) enjoyed a brilliant day in the sale ring, with 10 of his weanlings selling for a leading aggregate of $1,130,000 at an average of $113,000 and he was also responsible for the third highest-priced lot of the day, when Bahen paid Gippsland Bloodstock $230,000 for a filly from the family multiple Group 1 winner Samaready (More Than Ready {USA}).