The Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale, the last to be ever held at the historic Newmarket complex, was a massive boon for Australian breeders.
But, for Victorians, the sales results were extraordinary.
The average price for Session 1 of the sale was $355,875 while the average price of the Victorian bred VOBIS nominated yearlings was $401,153 with a median price of $377,500.
With a strong draft heading up north, Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen was confident going into the sale, but was astounded by the results.
“It was an awesome sale. If you took quality horses, you were well and truly rewarded,” Mithen said.
“It was great to be a participant in such a strong sale and also in the last sale here at Newmarket.
“From the stud’s point of view, we were particularly thrilled with who bought our horses. It was a feather in our cap to sell two of our yearlings the renowned Shadwell operation.”
Woodside Park sire Zoustar continued his dominance as the leading first crop sire in Australia at this year’s yearling sales. At this Easter Sale, 13 of his progeny were sold for an average price $215,385 including a filly out of Listen Here being knocked down for $1 million.
Sun Stud’s pair of first crop sires, Fiorente and Fighting Sun both had lots catalogued for the sale. Star Thoroughbreds bought the Fiorente colt for $150,000 in Session 2 of the sale while the two Fighting Sun yearlings averaged $130,000.
Meanwhile Spendthrift Australia made its debut as a seller at the Inglis Easter Sale with its Tapit colt knocked down for $300,000 to a NSW buyer.
On the buying front, Victorian breeding operations maintained their strong investment in colts with a view to stallion careers as well as select fillies.
Spendthrift paid $1.4 million for the Sebring-Stellar Vinia colt on Day 3 of the sale, Darren Dance/Chris Blomely and Robbie Griffiths paid up to $1 million for three colts while Sun Stud bought five lots for a total of $1,365000.
Another notable purchase was by Victorian breeder Peter Devitt of the Pierro-Belle Couture colt. Bought for $400,000, this colt is out of a Gilgai Farm bred half-sister to Black Caviar.
Leading Victorian vendors/breeders
|Victorian vendor/breeder||Lots sold||Average price|
|Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds||2||$400,000|
Leading Victorian bred/sired lots
|65||Colt||Written Tycoon||Brilliant Bisc||Turangga Farm||$1,000,000||James Harron Bloodstock|
|162||Colt||Snitzel||Gold Chant||Makybe||$800,000||Shadwell Stud|
|255||Filly||Sebring||National Anthem||Makybe||$800,000||James Harron Bloodstock|
|361||Colt||Redoute's Choice||Soaressa||Hesket Bloodstock||$600,000||Carmel Size|
|320||Colt||Snitzel||Royal Glow||Hesket Bloodstock||$580,000||ATB/CB Bloodstock/Griffiths Racing|
|74||Colt||Redoute's Choice||Catshaan||Rosemont Stud||$550,000||Shadwell Stud|
|347||Filly||Snitzel||Silken Song||Dorrington Farm||$550,000||Lucas Bloodstock/Phoenix Thoroughbred|
|338||Colt||Written Tycoon||Shabtis||Eldon Park||$530,000||HKJC|
|313||Colt||Not a Single Doubt||Rock Hit||Limerick Lane||$480,000||Tony Vasil|
|42||Colt||Lonhro||Armed for Action||Glentree Pastoral||$425,000||Sun Stud|