When the question is asked what is the ceiling on the price of the most anticipated yearling in memory when she goes through the sales ring at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, the most common answer seems to be $5 million.

Pierra x Winx filly.
Worldwide interest surrounds Winx's first filly who will be sold at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. (Photo: Inglis)

The number has a clear resonance for anyone who has followed Australian yearling sales through this century. It is the highest price ever for a yearling at public auction in this country, paid for Black Caviar’s ill-fated half-brother at the 2013 Easter Yearling Sale.

It’s a logical stopping point for the local market, but such is the global interest in the Pierro filly out of superstar Winx, it is entirely possible bidding could exceed that mark.

Incidentally, Black Caviar’s half-sister Belle Couture jointly holds the record price for a yearling filly at public auction in Australia, at $2.6 million. She, like her younger brother, was purchased by BC3 Thoroughbreds, an ownership syndicate that collapsed when its founder Bill Vlahos was charged over a ponzi scheme. He was eventually jailed for nine years.

The other filly to sell for $2.6 million was multiple Group 1 Sunlight’s full sister, now named Clean Energy, by Yulong at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

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