Bob and Liam Peters finished an eventful week spending $610,000 at the Inglis Australian Foal Sale on Monday.

Bob (Peters Investments) and Liam (Byerley Bloodstock) were active during Day 1 trade at Riverside Stables starting with $260,000 for a Toronado – Justice Glory colt (Lot 24) from Stonehouse Thoroughbreds.

They then targeted a $280,000 So You Think – Majesty filly (Lot 70) from Fairhill Farm and a cheaper $70,000 So You Think – Shojiki colt (Lot 194) from Sledmere Stud.

Byerley Bloodstock finished second on the overall leaderboard behind Waikato-based couple Nick and Nicky White who have made a big impression on the market in a short time at Kaha Nui Farm.  They outlaid $1.14 million on five lots that included the sale-topping $575,000 I Am Invincible – Shoko filly (Lot 195).

The Toronado colt is from a sister to Peters Investments G2 WA Derby (2400m) Tuscan Queen.  Victorian-based Stonehouse Thoroughbreds breeder Ryan Arnel paid $220,000 for Justice Glory at the 2022 Chairman’s Sale to specifically send to Swettenham Stud’s Toronado.

Photo / Bob and Liam Peters with Stonehouse Thoroughbreds breeder Ryan Arnel 

“It’s good to see that it’s paid off,” Arnel said.  “He was always going to go to the yearling sales but was getting better and better through his foal development.

“We decided to put him in front of the market at this sale that we’ve supported for the last few years.

“When I bought Justice Glory from Chairman’s one of the major reasons was that I absolutely loved Tuscan Queen.  Bob Peters was sending her to Toronado so I wanted to buy Justice Glory for Toronado, too.  Two years later, Bob ends up buying our colt so it’s a full circle.”

Liam Peters admitted he went one or two bids more than anticipated for the So You Think – Majesty filly but was really happy to have secured her.  “She’s a beautiful mover, a nice type with a great head and she had a great attitude taking it all in her stride the whole week.”

Peters Investments had commenced the week with Best Mood (Playing God) who broke his maiden in style at Ascot last Wednesday.  He had made a sale-topping $330,000 at the 2022 Perth Magic Millions.

The G3 Northam Stakes (1300m) on Sunday was another highlight for Peters Investments.  The winner Western Empire (Iffraaj) had carried the cerise and white silks to a Group 1 victory in the 2021 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot but was subsequently sold to co-trainer Alana Williams and Andrew Latassa.

Nevertheless, Western Empire ticked another Group 3 box for Peters Investments as a breeder joining this season’s Listed winner Real Danger (Scenic Blast Stakes & Cyril Flower Quality).

WA visitors spent $1.5 million on 19 foals and Nino Tufilli (Two Fillies Stud) was prominent with $140,000 for a Farnan filly while Wally Daly (Yenrise Thoroughbreds) parted with a combined $130,000 for colts by Dirty Work and Astern.

Simon Miller is a regular at foal sales and his purchases were a Pierro colt for $110,000 and a Nicconi filly that made $48,000.  Westbury Park’s Phil Ibbotson is a profitable pin-hooker and an Acrobat colt ($45,000) and Wild Ruler filly ($80,000) could be part of the Western Breeders Alliance draft at the 2025 Perth Magic Millions.