Reproduced from ANZ Bloodstock News

Inglis believes a renewed focus on horse conformation has led to its strongest Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale catalogue ever presented, a 770-lot offering it says will appeal to domestic owners and trainers and a growing international market.

The thoroughbred auction house last week released the makeup of its 2018 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, to be held at Oaklands Junction from 4 to 7 March, a catalogue of horses that features progeny by 120 different stallions, including the top 15 leading living sires on the Australian general sires’ table.

Victorian-based stallions Written Tycoon (49 lots), Toronado (44), Zoustar (39), Reward For Effort (25), Brazen Beau (21) and Street Boss (21) lead the way in terms of progeny represented.

The Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale catalogue also features siblings to 88 stakes winners, including Group One winners Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor), Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega), Alinghi (Encosta De Lago), Le Romain (Hard Spun) and Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt),

Siblings to VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Kirramosa (Alamosa) and fellow Group One winners Rock Kingdom (Rock Of Gibraltar), May’s Dream (New Approach), Politeness (Street Sense), Faint Perfume (Shamardal) and Ortensia (Testa Rossa) will also be offered at Oaklands Junction.

Inglis Victorian bloodstock manager Simon Vivian said the company had focused on quality of conformation when determining which yearlings would be selected for book one of the sale.

Some of the Victorian prepared, bred or consigned highlights lots include:

  • Lot 95 – Bucklee Farm – Danerich half-brother to Cliff’s Edge
  • Lot 202 – Blue Gum Farm – Brazen Beau half-sister to Vinland
  • Lot 224 – Three Bridges Thoroughbreds – Deep Field half-brother to Faint Perfume
  • Lot 226 – Erinvale Thoroughbreds – So You Think half-sister to Ortensia
  • Lot 268 – Sun Stud – Lonhro half-brother to Politeness
  • Lot 284 – Rosemont Stud – Smart Missile half-sister to Ocean Embers
  • Lot 298 – Grenville Stud – Brazen Beau half-sister to Mongolian Khan and Young Centaur
  • Lot 311 – Supreme Thoroughbreds (for Dorrington Park) – Zoffany half-sister to Gold Standard
  • Lot 378 – Yulong Park – Not a Single Doubt sister to Extreme Choice
  • Lot 398 – Supreme Thoroughbreds (for Dorrington Park) – Magnus half-brother to Fuhryk
  • Lot 402 – Millford Thoroughbreds – Toronado half-brother to Precious Gem
  • Lot 509 – Phoenix Broodmare Farm – Kuroshio half-brother to Le Romain
  • Lot 691 – Hollylodge Thoroughbreds – Toorak Toff half-sister to Santa Ana Lane

In 2017, the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale reached a new benchmark with its first yearling sold for more than $1,000,000, as an I Am Invincible half-brother to Newmarket Handicap (Gr 1, 1200m) winner The Quarterback (Street Boss) was sold to Ciaron Maher Racing for $1,400,000 from the Gilgai Farm draft.

“We are really pleased with the way the catalogue has come together. We very heavily emphasised conformation and I am very proud of the collection of horses that are going to go through from a conformation viewpoint because nowadays that is such a vital aspect for the sale of any yearling,” Vivian told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“In some cases, I would have to say that we have sacrificed pedigree for the sake of conformation because the principle frontline buyer is the racehorse trainer – they want to have confidence in an athletic animal and that is what we have focused on.

“On a pre-sale inspection, this is the highest average physical score we have ever had for a Premier sale and that will be on display in March next year.”

“We are going to have a lot of yearlings by stallions who are going to suit our domestic buyers and our international buyers.”

Victorian First Crop sires represented at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale

First Crop SireStands atLots
Brazen BeauDarley Northwood20
ClusterLarneuk Stud4
Hampton CourtSpendthrift Australia3
Jimmy Creed (USA)Spendthrift Australia1
Puissance de Lune (IRE)Swettenham Stud6
The Wow Signal (IRE)Swettenham Stud5
Toronado (IRE)Swettenham Stud43
Warhorse (NZ)Bombora Downs3

Vivian said vendors had supported the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in numbers and quality for the 2018 edition on the back of a successful 2017 edition, which saw eight yearlings sell for $400,000 or more.

“I think we have been very well served by the Victorian sires who are eligible for the Super VOBIS scheme to contribute to the sale,” he said.

“In the 770 lots, 541 are from Victoria, so over 70 per cent of the catalogue, so some of the bigger vendors from Victoria who are breeding a national product are selling those yearlings in Victoria.

“They have confidence in the market and in Inglis to be able to put together a very broad buying bench.”

Reproduced from ANZ Bloodstock News

The four-day sale, which follows hot on the heels of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and precedes the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, has seen significant growth in recent years.

This year’s aggregate of $53,959,500 for 448 lots sold represents a steep increase in gross receipts of $21,880,819 since 2012, when 552 lots sold realising a total $32,078,681 at the sale five years ago.

Compared to last year’s renewal, the aggregate was up by just over $2,000,000 from $51,728,000, the average rose to $120,441 from $110,767 and the median increased to $100,000 from $85,000, with the clearance rate holding steady at 88 per cent.

The auction-topping son of I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), consigned by Gilgai Farm and catalogued as Lot 259, was sold to Caulfield-based trainer Ciaron Maher for $1,400,000, double the amount paid for the top lot at last year’s sale.

Maher ended the sale as the leading purchaser after he purchased six lots at the sale for an aggregate of $2,010,000 at an average price of $335,000.

Supreme Thoroughbreds took over from Blue Gum Farm as the sale’s leading vendor by aggregate, while Gilgai Farm finished top of the standings by average (with three or more lots sold).

The recent success of Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible continued at the sale, with his 19 lots sold achieving an aggregate of $4,275,000, while Darley’s Lonhro (Octagonal) achieved the best average, with four of his progeny selling for $1,200,000 at an average of $300,000.

Ciaron Maher

Growth Continues At Premier

The recent growth of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale shows no signs of abating, with the key figures at the four- day auction realising increases for the fifth consecutive year.

Simon Vivian, the bloodstock manager for Inglis Melbourne, said the results indicated that the sale was in good health and that breeders and purchasers alike could conduct business there with confidence.

“We went into the Premier Sale with a dedicated aim to achieve a high clearance rate as this truly reflects the health of a sale,” Vivian told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“To that end, we exceeded an 88 per cent clearance and we are delighted with that result.

“Furthermore, to break the Victorian record price for a yearling was just outstanding. By selling the colt for $1,400,000, we showed Australasia’s breeders that such figures are achievable in Melbourne.

“We had a remarkably diverse group of buyers and the Inglis marketing team are to be complimented on attracting so many buyers, both nationally and internationally, to the sale.

“I also feel that the median price of $100,000 is a further indication on the way Premier has progressed in the market place. A couple of years ago, that figure was our target for the average price. Now 50 per cent of the horses individually achieve that figure.”

Vivian’s view that the strength and depth of the Premier Yearling Sale had improved was shared by the two leading purchasers.

Maher Leads The Way

Ciaron Maher has enjoyed plenty of success at the auction in recent years, purchasing triple Group One-winning mare Jameka (Myboycharlie) for $130,000 in 2014, and last year he paid $200,000 for the unbeaten juvenile colt Jukebox (Snitzel).

The trainer said that prospective owners were attracted to the sale with the majority of the horses on offer being VOBIS eligible.

“We’ve had good success at the sale with Jameka, and last year we had a good two-year- old in Jukebox,” Maher told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“A lot of the horses are VOBIS eligible, which suits racing and buying.

“I think (the success is) great. A lot of Victorian breeders solely sell there which gives a lot of people confidence going there. (As a buyer) you know the whole draft is going to the sale.”

“I’ve found it a good sale in the past. This year, our stable has obviously increased in size and we had a lot of interest before the sale and ended up having a good sale.”

With a record lot costing $1,400,000 under his belt, Maher headed up the purchasers standings at Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for the first time.

The trainer purchased six lots in total at the sale for an aggregate of $2,010,000 at an average price of $335,000 and a median of $147,500, compared to last year when he purchased four lots for a total gross of $720,000 at an average of $180,000, with a top price of $260,000.

The Caulfield based trainer has also enjoyed a successful season on the track, saddling Jameka to run out a wide-margin winner of the Caulfield Cup (Group 1, 2400m) in October, while Bon Aurum (Bon Ho a) was also victorious at the highest level in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (Group 1, 1400m).

Maher said that the sale-topping I Am Invincible colt had taken his eye from an early stage.

“I went and inspected him prior to the spring and really liked him then. I looked at him without any pedigree and just liked him as a physical, as I did with some of their other horses up there (at Gilgai Farm) also.”

“I looked at him again after the spring leading up to the sale and liked the way that he had progressed. He is a lovely mover and he’s got a lovely temperament, and obviously he’s also got a pedigree to match.”

Kelly Skillecorn of breeders Gilgai Farm told ANZ Bloodstock News that the stud’s principal, Rick Jamieson, was of the opinion that the sale-topping colt was one of the best he had ever bred.

“Rick felt the I Am Invincible colt is as good a horse as he’s ever bred and that he would have been a stand out at any sale,” Skillecorn said.

“I thought he was a million dollar colt. Rick came into the sale just hoping to beat his good mate, Peter Anasatasiou’s record price of $750,000. I very much doubt he would have made more money in any other sale, but we’re confident he’ll prove great value for the buyer in the long run.”

McEvoy Active At Premier Again

Trainer Tony McEvoy, who finished second in the purchasers standings having led the way 12 months ago, was also of the opinion that the progress of the sale was good for the Victorian breeding industry.

“The sale was strong. It’s becoming a very good quality sale. I like buying at the Melbourne sales, I think there are a lot of farms in Victoria that are really doing a good job preparing these good horses,” McEvoy told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“I’ve had good success buying from the sale and there was a lot of good quality horses there this year as well. I liked the sale, I thought it was very good.”

Though unable to retain his position as leading purchaser, McEvoy finished the sale in second place in the purchasers standings with 11 lots purchased at an aggregate of $1,745,000 and an average of $158,636.

McEvoy’s top buy came late on day three, when he made the winning bid of $330,000 to secure Lot 549, a Sebring (More Than Ready) colt from the draft of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm.

The Group One-winning trainer told ANZ Bloodstock News that he felt the colt, who he had identified at an early stage, was something of a bargain.

“The horse that stood out for me was the horse that I bought from Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, a Sebring colt,” he said.

“I thought he was a cheap colt. Having been to all the other sales leading up to Melbourne, I thought that, had he been sold at the Magic Millions up on the Gold Coast, he would have been bought for $500,000.

“I paid $330,000 for him and he was one of the nicest Sebring colts that I have laid my eyes on so far this year. He was the one colt that I wanted to take home from the sale.”

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s Lot 549 Sebring – Just Our Girl colt

McEvoy saddled Hey Doc (Duporth) to win the Australian Guineas (Group 1, 1600m) earlier this month, his first Group One winner since branching out on his own, and he said he went to the Premier Yearling Sale with a positive mindset in order to aid the progress of his business model.

“I did have quite an aggressive plan. I wanted to go there and get 12 to 15 horses out of the sale to keep my model going like it’s been going recently, and there was plenty of nice horses there. I had planned to be aggressive and we were aggressive,” he said.

Supreme Top Vendors Standings

This year’s sale also saw a new name at the top of the vendors standings by aggregate, with Victorian-based Supreme Thoroughbreds improving from third place last year.

The operation sold 28 of their 32 lots for a gross of $3,572,500 at an average of $127,589, up from last year’s aggregate if $2,512,500 from 19 lots sold, though the average was down slightly from $132,237.

Supreme’s top lot at the sale was Lot 163, a colt by Written Tycoon (Iglesia) who was purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $500,000.

Supreme Thoroughbreds general manager Brent Grayling told ANZ Bloodstock News that the top of the market was strong, and that the operation’s success had been boosted by a partnership Dorrington Park.

“The sale was very prominent with the top of the market. The good horses sold very, very well. Generally there was a lot of interest; there was a lot of people there,” Grayling said.

“We had some really nice horses and they sold really well. In my honest opinion the middle of the market was a bit soft, but the top of the market was very, very hot.

“We had Dorrington Park’s horses with us, which was a very strong draft which helped increase our aggregate for sure.”

“Also, I think it’s key to mention that if a yearling is by the right sire, there will be tremendous interest. If you have a yearling by a sire that buyers want, it just comes clear.

“There is a really good buyers benchmark, it’s becoming a really international sale.”

Blue Gum Farm, who had finished top of the vendors standings by aggregate 12 months ago, came in second with 26 lots sold realising $3,390,000 in aggregate.

Lot 163 Written Tycoon – Octangle colt

Ciaron Maher and Kelly Skillecorn of Gilgai Farm

Gilgai Farm were third in the table by aggregate but were out clear at the head of the standings for leading vendor by average, with their 13 lots sold realising $3,205,000 at an average of $246,538, almost $40,000 clear of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm.

Kelly Skillecorn told ANZ Bloodstock News that the stud was keen to support the sale and boost the profile of the Victorian bloodstock industry.

“For the last couple of years we’ve offered all our yearlings at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, having previously dabbled with sending some of the better ones to Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and Inglis Easter,” she said.

“There are two reasons we offer them all in one go at Melbourne. Firstly, we are conscious of supporting the Victorian bloodstock industry, partly to do with our close friendship with Simon Vivian, but mainly to get fully behind the whole industry down here.”

“Secondly, we feel that if we offer the whole draft as a collective, the punters can be assured that we are not hiding anything. Our draft s will contain the best and worse that there are and the buyers can decide which horse is which.”

Skillecorn also pressed home the point that breeders can sell their better quality stock at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale with the confidence that they will be sold at the right price.

“What we and other Victorian breeders can take from the sale as a whole is that there is no doubt that if you take your best horses to this sale, you’ll get paid for them,” she said.”

Healthy Racing Industry A Boost

With several of the major yearling sales exhibiting market growth this year, Skillecorn was keen to praise the current strength in the Australian racing industry.

With prize money levels across the country in a healthy state, Skillecorn said it was vital that racing continued to thrive for the long-term prosperity of the breeding industry.

“The market was up, as it was at Magic Millions and Inglis Classic. The racing industry in Victoria and New South Wales is so healthy at the moment,” she said.

Rosemont Stud’s Lot 496 All Too Hard – Fuhrnatic filly

“Let’s hope racing keeps going forward, because it is directly reflected on the business of breeding and selling thoroughbreds.”

Following on from the success of the record-breaking four-day sale, Inglis’ Simon Vivian was thankful for the unwavering support of the local breeding industry.

“It was a very rewarding and satisfying result, my thanks go to the vendors for entrusting us with a quality draft, to purchasers for their ongoing support and to the Inglis team for bringing it all together.”

The last ever Inglis Easter Yearling Sale to be held at the historic Newmarket complex in Sydney begins on Tuesday and Victorian breeders will certainly playing their part in sending off the famous auction venue.

A total of 44 Victorian bred or sired yearlings will go under the hammer.

These yearlings and their breeders will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of other Victorian bred yearlings that have lit up the Newmarket Easter sales ring over the years.

The Gilgai bred All Too Hard (Easter 2011) and this season’s three-year-old sprinting superstar Flying Artie (Easter 2015) bred in the garden state by John and Pal Shannon are just two such recent examples.

Highlights of the ‘Victorian draft’ at Easter include:

  • Spendthrift Australia will make its Australian yearling sale debut with a Tapit colt out of an American Group 3 winner.
  • Hesket Bloodstock is selling six colts (through Amarina Farm) from the Newham farm all with exceptional black-type pedigrees.
  • Makybe is offering two superbly bred fillies as well as a Snitzel half brother to Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Amicus (through the Milburne Creek draft).
  • Woodside Park Stud has its debut draft at the Easter Sale with five lots including colts and fillies from resident sires Written Tycoon and Zoustar.
  • A Written Tycoon colt out of Shabtis, bred at Tyabb by Eldon Park Stud, is expected to fetch a healthy price. He is a half brother to Group 3 winning filly Take Pride.
  • Rosemont Stud is selling a Redoute’s Choice-Catshaan colt, a sibling to two Group 1 Oaks winners in Absolutely and Abbey Marie
  • Glentree Thoroughbreds of Modewarre is offering two colts through the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft including lot 119, a More Than Ready filly from the famed Urge To Merge/Princess Tracy family
  • On the Victorian first crop sire front, Sun Stud’s two stallions Fiorente (1 lot) and Fighting Sun (2 lots) are both represented.

Victorian vendors (or as agent) include:

  • Dorrington Farm, Hastings
  • Glentree Thoroughbreds, Modewarre
  • Hesket Bloodstock, Newham
  • Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds, Nagambie
  • Makybe, Gnarwarre
  • Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
  • Saconi Thoroughbreds, Whittlesea
  • Spendthrift Australia, Romsey
  • Woodside Park, Tylden

Active Victorian sires with lots include:

  • Fighting Sun (Sun Stud) – 2 lots
  • Fiorente (Sun Stud) – 1 lot
  • Manhattan Rain (Blue Gum Farm) – 1 lot
  • Reset (Darley Northwood) – 3 lots
  • Written Tycoon (Woodside Park) – 6 lots
  • Zoustar (Woodside Park) – 21 lots

Buyers will be given the opportunity to get hold of yearlings from the much-famed Contract Racing and Hesket Bloodstock families at this week’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Developed over several decades by Jenny and David Moodie, these are much sought after breeding lines and often hard to access.

“Over the last few years, under the Hesket Bloodstock banner (which also includes Ashley Hardwick), we have sold mostly colts bred off the farm (at Newham in the Macedon Ranges),” Jenny said.

“The six colts here at Easter are all from very good families that we have had for a long, long time. It gives everyone an opportunity to go out there, break into the families and hopefully keep the ‘family tradition’ going.

“Many of these colts fit the requirements of buyers seeking to buy a potential stallion particularly the Soaressa and Willow Creek colts while our broodmare Royal Glow has already produced two very nice black type winning colts.”

The Hesket Bloodstock yearlings are being offered through the Amarina Farm draft at the sale. Craig Anderson from Amarina Farm provides his commentary on each of the six lots:

LOT 12

A bay colt by outstanding sire Snitzel, he is from the Tale Of The Cat mare Willow Creek.

“A nice, big imposing horse,” says Craig.

Willow Creek was a Group 2 winner in the STC Magic Night Stakes, placing second in the Group 2 VRC sires produce and forth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond. This lovely colt is her second foal, with her first foal to race being the 3-time winning and city placed, Trinity River.

From the family of listed winner Cross Current, Group 1 winner River Dove and talented Group 2 winner First Command.

LOT 168

A bay/brown colt by Medaglia d’Oro (USA) from the Flying Spur mare, Grand Prospect.

“Nice, well conformed horse – will make a good three-year-old,” says Craig.

Grand Prospect is a sister to Group 3 MVRC Tesio Stakes winner Joy Of Flight. A very good producer with five winning foals, including Group 1 WATC Derby and Group 3 WA Oaks winner Grand Journey and Listed Flemington winner Proliferate.

From the family of Group 1 ATC Galaxy Handicap winner Griante and Listed winner Landing.

LOT 258

A brown colt by Pierro from the General Nediym mare Nediym’s Glow.

“Good, well balanced,” says Craig.

Nediym’s Glow was a four time winner including the Group 3 VRC Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, Group 3 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude and second in the Group 2 STC magic Night Stakes.

A half sister to Group 3 winner Red Colossus, she has had 5 foals to race with 3 winners including stakes placed Double Jeopardy.

From the family of Royal Glow, producer of Group 2 winner Kinglike and Listed winner Royal Haunt – Mirage (HK).

LOT 320

A bay colt by outstanding sire Snitzel from the King’s Best mare, Royal Glow.

“Typical Snitzel,” was Craig’s clear but simple comment on this nice colt.

The quality producer Royal Glow has had four foals to race, all winners including Group 2 winner Kinglike and

Listed winner Royal Haunt – Mirage (HK). From the family of multiple Group 3 winners Red Colossus and Nediym’s Glow.

Interestingly, Royal Glow is blind and has been her entire breeding career. That ‘handcicap’ certainly hasn’t stopped her producing top class racehorses.

LOT 335

A chestnut colt by Starspangledbanner, from the Artie Schiller (USA) mare Secret Liaison.

“Big strong horse – mature into a good three year old,” says Craig.

Secret Liaison was a quality galloper herself winning the Listed MRC Twilight Glow Stakes and MRC Lord

stakes earning over $400,000 in prize money. This is her second foal, her first foal is the named two year old, Found Out by Exceed and Excel.

LOT 361

The bay colt by Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice from the Twining mare, Soaressa.

“Well balanced, neat, typical Redoute’s,” says Craig.

Soaressa was a Listed winner of the SAJC Proud Miss Stakes, and is a half sister to Eagle Way, Assertive Eagle and Impressive Eagle.

This colt is her fifth foal, producing four foals to race with three winners including the notable dual Group 3 winner Thermal Current.

The Spendthrift Farm brand is well known and established in North America having achieved a great deal in that continent.

But they will undertake a first ‘Downunder’ next week when its Australian offshoot, Spendthrift Australia, sells a yearling through the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

They have been significant buyers at the sale in recent years, but this will be the inaugural Spendthrift transaction from the other side of the ledger.

Spendthrift Australia, based in the Macedon Ranges, has been rapidly growing as a stallion station and broodmare farm since they took over Yallambee Farm in 2015.

Through the Milburn Creek draft they are offering one of only three yearlings by star sire Tapit on offer at the Easter Sale, an outstanding grey colt (Lot 122).

Tapit has emerged as one of the most influential and breed-shaping stallions, with 21 Group 1 winners, 20 yearlings to bring over US$1 million at auction, and earners of over US$110 million on the racetrack.

Spendthrift’s  impressive grey yearling colt is from a Group winning female family. His dam, the Harlan’s Holiday mare Euphrosyne, was a Group 3 winner herself in America in the Oaklawn Park Honeybee Stakes. His grand dam is Three Graces is a listed winner, from the family of Private Horde, with his great grand dam a Group 1 winner of the Monmouth Oaks.

“In the mould of his champion sire, this yearling is well grown with a good shoulder, is well set behind and has a lovely walk,” Spendthrift Australia’s General Manager Gary Cuddy said.

“Well travelled, he was born at Spendthrift’s Kentucky Farm in southern hemisphere time where he enjoyed the warm climate, before arriving in Australia last October.

“Some will ask why are we selling him? But that is what we do. It is the perfect opportunity to showcase a yearling of his class to the international buying group. He will get a lot of attention and interest from the good judges.”

Next year will be an even bigger milestone for Spendthrift Australia with the progeny of their resident shuttle sires to make their yearling sales ring debuts.

“Following the successful formula adopted in America, Spendthrift will spread their yearlings out among other farms rather than have their own draft,” Cuddy said.

“It’s a way we can support the breeders that support us, a way of saying thank you.”

Buyers will get their first chance to invest in weanlings and broodmares at next month’s Breeding Stock sales in Sydney, headlined by the inaugural Chairman’s Sale (Elite Breeding Prospects) and the time-honoured Inglis Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale.

Among the lots offered will be some star Victorian bred and sired weanlings along with a handful of prized broodmares offered by Victorian farms.

A total of 89 Lots will be offered at The Chairman’s Sale Session II (Elite Breeding Prospects) at Newmarket on Friday April 7 from 5pm.

A further 543 Lots will be offered over the three days of the Broodmare & Weanling Sale from April 10-12.the catalogue includes 137 weanlings, 34 race fillies and 372 broodmares.

The two sales will be the final ever sales held at the historic Newmarket complex before Inglis makes the move to its new facilty at Warwick Farm.

The strong catalogues are filled with Victorian bred and offered highlights including:

  • Three Bridges is set to make history offering a world-first ever lot through the sales ring by star Darley sire Brazen Beau.
  • The first foals of Swettenham Stud’s Toronado (see separate story) and Bombora Downs’ Warhorse will also go under the hammer at Newmarket
  • Mares in foal to 2016’s top new Victorian sires including Rosemont’s Nostradamus and Darley’s Night of Thunder have been catalogued
  • Blue Gum Farm is selling (as agent) Beauty World (Danehill Dancer), the dam of four stakes winners including recent Talindert Stakes 2yo winner Ducimus. He was the sale topper, at $700,000, of the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. She is being offered in foal to champion sire Written Tycoon.
  • Three Bridges is selling a number of broodmares including multiple stakes winning Don’t Doubt Mamma (Not A Single Doubt)
  • Swettenham has catalogued multiple stakes winner Member’s Joy (Hussonet) for the Inglis Chairman’s Sale. Her first foal (by I Am Invincible) recently sold for $320,000 at Inglis Premier Sale. She is being sold in foal to Swettenham based sire Toronado.
  • Bayles’ Yulong Park has four broodmare lots catalogued for the Inglis Chairman’s Sale including mares in foal (southern hemisphere time) to United Kingdom based super sires Frankel, Invincible Spirit and Golden Horn. Yulong is also putting on the market Flame of Sydney (Encosta De Lago), a stakes winning mare which has produced Hong Kong Group 2 winner Notlistenin’tome. She is in foal to Medaglia D’oro.

Buckley’s Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Nagambie Hillside Thoroughbreds, Glenelg Park, Merrick North’s Kulani Park, Flinders’ Two Bays Farm are among other Victorian farms with drafts in one or both of the sale catalogues.

Inglis’ National Bloodstock Director Jonathan D’Arcy was thrilled with the strength of the catalogue.

“Year after year this sale provides investors with outstanding opportunities, be it for pinhooking weanlings to the following year’s yearling sales or for breeders looking to buy well related mares in foal to ta wide array of stallions,’’ D’Arcy said.

“Following on from an outstanding 89-horse catalogue in the Elite Breeding and prospects session of The Chairman’s Sale on the previous Friday night, this year’s edition of the Australian Broodmare & Weanling sale promises to reward buyers with great value for money and the opportunity to purchase weanlings and mares from some of the country’s leading breeders.’’

Supplementary entries for the sale will be taken until Monday April 3.

View the catalogues

Chairman’s Sale (breeding prosects)

Broodmare & Weanling Sale

The Australasian yearling sale focus switches to Melbourne for the four-day Premier Yearling Sale, beginning on Sunday.

A total of 771 horses have been catalogued for Premier, among them 103 relations to Stakes winners and 104 progeny of Stakes-winning mares. More than 500 of the lots are Super VOBIS nominated.

Sunday’s opening day will again feature the popular Blue Riband session, where yearlings considered to have the pedigree and conformation to excel in their Classic Year and beyond have been specifically selected.

Last year the Session 1 average was up 14% to $111,000 while Session 2 shot up by a whopping 43% to almost $46,000. Just seven years ago, the Session 1 average was only $55,000.

58 Victorian vendors have 602 catalogued lots representing the biggest number ever except for 2008 which was unique due to the travel restrictions associated with the Equine Influenza outbreak.

Victorian sired lots make up a significant part of the catalogue. Australia’s Champion 2yo sire and Victorian overall Champion Sire Written Tycoon has the largest number of lots (30).

Sun Stud’s two highly promising first crop sires, Fiorente and Fighting Sun, have a great opportunity to make their mark at the sale with 29 lots and 19 lots respectively.

Three Bridges’ Unencumbered (13 lots) and Godolphin Northwood’s Kuroshio (7 lots) will also make their Melbourne Premier debuts as sires.

Supreme Thoroughbreds has the largest draft this year with 40 lots in its Oaklands Junction consignment.

“This is easily our biggest and best ever (for Premier Sale),” says Supreme’s Sue Shaw.

“With 16 fillies and 24 colts, we are presenting a diverse group of yearlings by most of the leading stallions out of first-rate mares that are all well-bred with strong pedigrees,’’ Shaw said.

“We are pumped and ready to parade out at Oaklands and hope that the quality on offer is well received by the local and international buying bench.’’

Inglis’ Victorian bloodstock team has for almost a fortnight been doing on-farm inspections around Victoria of the yearlings entered for the sale. Last week, they finalised their on-farm inspections accompanied by dozens of potential buyers.

Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian believes the success of the Classic Sale in Sydney earlier this month bodes well for a big Premier Sale.

“The strength of the yearling market allows us to go into Premier with plenty of confidence,’’ Vivian said.

“The broad appeal for Premier is attributable to well-conformed yearlings by a great variety of stallions, which has been proven year after year.

“Graduates of the Melbourne Premier Sale continue to perform well on national and international racetracks and this provides buyers with great confidence in the product on offer.

“Our vendors can be complimented on their drafts and I’m sure they will be justifiably rewarded.’’

View the full catalogue.

Re-produced from, by Mick Sharkie

There are a few boxes that a vendor needs to tick when trying to make a profit when trading bloodstock.

For most, a horse by a leading sire, a stand out physical specimen with a temperament to match, a strong dam line with plenty of black type, and the thumbs up from one of the biggest names in Australian racing would be a good start.

For Rosemont Stud it is a case of tick, tick, tick, and tick when it comes to Lot 120 at the Inglis Classic Sale, an imposing colt by Snitzel from the G3 winning Fastnet Rock mare Lovemelikearock.

It sounds like the perfect storm for the Magic Millions Gold Coast or Inglis Easter yearling sales, but Rosemont principal Anthony Mithen has taken a different approach to maximise the return on investment for this young colt.

“He got into Magic Millions, Premier, Easter, the lot, but he’s a beautiful colt and I really wanted him to stand out,” Mithen explained.

“I really admire the innovation that is in bloodstock at the moment and when Inglis launched the Gold Riband I wanted to support them with this colt – I think he can nearly top the sale.”

The Gold Riband session takes place on the opening night of the Inglis Classic Sale which begins on Saturday, and is an invitation only session for young horses with the pedigree and conformation to progress to elite two-year-old racing.

Rosemont spent $160,000 on the Snitzel colt at the 2016 Magic Millions National Weanling sale and with Snitzel’s yearling progeny averaging $331,571 throughout the sire’s career, the stud are looking at a healthy profit.

Based purely on the purchase price of the colt compared to the sire’s sales average Rosemont stands to make a 107% return on investment if the horse sells to the standard expectations, but based on feedback from Inglis bloodstock staff and from early inspections in Sydney, Mithen believes that his highlight lot is well above that benchmark.

“We’re a business and the name of the game for us is buying and selling to make a profit and get the best return that we can. It’s up to the buyer now but anyone that inspects our horses are just blown away by him,” Mithen said.

“I don’t have to tell anyone how well the Snitzels run, and the colt is a fantastic example of what his sire can produce.

“But no one really cares what I think of them, watch our sales videos and listen to what Moods (former champion trainer Peter Moody) has to say – he’s been a fair judge over the years.”

Peter Moody gives his thoughts on the colt:

Reproduced from

A terrific story by Mick Sharkie of G1X about how central Victoria’s Ridgeview Park has come up trumps with a very cheap broodmare buy.

When Junee based abattoir owner Heath Newton approached bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills to take over the management of his thoroughbred portfolio 18 months ago, the pair agreed to treat the stock list with the same ruthless approach as the coach of an underperforming football team.

Newton had too much under performing stock and it was eating into his budget – he needed to cut the has-beens and bring in some new talent.

“It’s certainly not uncommon amongst hobby breeders,” said Mills.

“Heath asked me to help him get things moving the right way again so the first thing I did was have a big clean out. It was about trying to turn a better profit for him long term.”

Under Mills’ management, 11 racehorses were sold unreserved through a tried horse auction, with five broodmares dispatched to the Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale, also unreserved.

The only horse that carried a price at the sales was Secord, an ageing Encosta De Lago mare in foal to I Am Invincible.

It wasn’t that she was any better than the other mares that Mills had sold off, the agent was merely conscious that his client had forked out $27,500 for a service fee and so he didn’t want to torch that investment.

“She was as ordinary as the others, she’d had three foals and none of them had won a race. We put $30,000 on her and she did not get one bid.”

“I tried to flog her to every breeder at the sale but no one wanted a bar of her. I told Heath we’d just take her home and foal her down and see what we had.”

Secord went back to Widden Stud and duly produced a colt, a very good colt in fact.

“He was one of those colts that came out brilliant and just got better and better. We got the mare in foal to Star Witness and sold her, knowing that we had a chance at the sales with the colt.”

The Secord colt was accepted into the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast sale and, according to the Thoroughworks tracking technology, had more inspections than any of the 1000-odd horses on the complex, eventually selling to Shadwell Australia for a whopping $600,000.

“I would have been in the foetal position if we’d sold the mare and someone else took that colt to the sales, but boy, we did everything we could to get rid of her,” said Mills.

“Last Thursday when he went through the ring I just thought, I’m the luckiest bloke in the joint. My client thinks I’m a genius and we’ve just had a huge result, but it was anything but good planning.

“Luck ebbs and flows in racing, we all know that. Heath had had no end of bad luck with his investments but it all turned around with a clean out and a bit of luck. Now he’s got the chance to reload and get back in the game, hopefully it’s the start of a really good run for him.”

So what became of Secord, the mare that no one wanted?

“After she was confirmed in foal to Star Witness we put her on the market and we got – wait for it – $1600. Ridgeview Park in Victoria bought her,” Mills said.

“And how good is that? Heath is not the only winner from the story.

“Star Witness has kicked on, he’s a hot stallion, and Ridgeview Park have paid $1600 for a mare in foal that just produced a $600,000 colt.”

Phil and Fiona Sloane at Ridgeview are absolutely thrilled they managed to pick up such a steal.

‘We attended the Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale last year and we couldn’t believe it when we acquired her for that price, we were pinching ourselves really!” Fiona said.

“Not only did she have a great pedigree she is a city winner amassing over $37,000 in earnings and she was also in foal to Star Witness!

(since the broodmare sale, Star Witness has turned out dual Group 1 winner Global Glamour and Group 2 winner Star Turn)

“The only thing letting her down was that she didn’t have a winner yet.’

‘She settled nicely when back here at Muskerry East and had a beautiful Star Witness filly in September.

“Our plan for the filly is unknown at this stage, whether to sell her as a weanling or wait till the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale next year.”

“Secord is back in foal to Reward For Effort, little does she know how precious she is!” Fiona said.

“It’s a great result for a mare that no one wanted,” Mills commented on the full list of transactions.

One of the biggest and best drafts of Victorian bred yearlings has been lined up for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale of 2017.

To be held from 26 February to 1 March, the catalogue consists of 771 yearling lots across the two sessions.

Last year the Session 1 average was up 14% to $111,000 while Session 2 shot up by a whopping 43% to almost $46,000. Just seven year ago, the Session 1 average was $55,000.

58 Victorian vendors have 602 lots in the released catalogue. This is the biggest number ever except for 2008 which was unique due to the travel restrictions associated with the Equine Influenza outbreak.

Session One will see 550 yearlings catalogued including 54 relations to Group winners and 52 yearlings out of Group winners. The Blue Riband Session, held on the Sunday (Day 1), comprises 150 lots.

Victorian sired lots make up a significant part of the catalogue. Australia’s Champion 2yo sire and Victorian overall Champion Sire Written Tycoon has the largest number of lots (30).

Sun Stud’s two highly promising first crop sires, Fiorente and Fighting Sun, have a great opportunity to make their mark at the sale with 29 lots and 19 lots respectively.

Three Bridges’ Unencumbered (13 lots) and Godolphin Northwood’s Kuroshio (7 lots) will also make their Melbourne Premier debuts as sires.

Victorian sires at 2017 Inglis Premier Sale
Top 10 (by no. of lots)

SireStudLots SireStudLots
Written TycoonWoodside30Street Boss (USA)Darley17
Fiorente (IRE)Sun Stud29MagnusSun Stud14
HelmetDarley23UnencumberedThree Bridges13
Reward for EffortChatswood22Americain (USA)Swettenham12
Fighting SunSun Stud19ResetDarley11

“The support we have received from Australasia’s leading breeders is greatly appreciated and evidences the strong position Premier now holds in the yearling sale market,” Inglis’ Simon Vivian said.

“The number of full and half relations to stakes performers represented in the sale is unprecedented

“Melbourne Premier has become a ‘must-attend’ yearling sale for the most discerning of buyers, with anticipated representation from all states of Australia plus New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, USA and Malaysia.

“The Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale continues to be a major source of Group One winners, headed in the current season by horses such as Jameka, The Conglomerate, Scales of Justice and The Quarterback.”

Some of the feature lots on pedgiree catalogued in the Premier sale include:

  • Lot 101, a Pierro colt out of triple Group One winner Keep The Peace (Keeper) – Stonehouse Thoroughbreds.
  • Lot 107, a filly by All Too Hard out of Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Mirjulisa Lass (Danasinga), the first foal out of the Group One winner.
  • Lot 172, a half-brother by Reset to dual Group One winner Palentino (Teofilo) – Kulani Park
  • Lot 244, a So You Think filly who is a half-sister to Group 2 Wakeful Stakes winner Tiamo Grace (Monaco Consul) – Hillside Thoroughbreds
  • Lot 259, a half-brother to Group 1 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback (Street Boss) by I Am Invincible – Gilgai Farm
  • Lot 262, a Helmet filly out of Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes winner Special Mission – Maluka Thoroughbreds
  • Lot 307, a Pierro colt which is the fourth foal out of Group Two-placed Viking Turf Belle (Elusive Quality) and sibling to Tony McEvoy’s exciting 2yo colt Vinland (Sebring)  – Blue Gum Farm
  • Lot 516, a Snitzel colt from Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Headway – Milburn Creek (as agent for Makybe)

This 2016 sale’s leading vendor Blue Gum Farm has 31 yearlings on offer, while fellow Victorian-based operators Supreme Thoroughbreds (43), Swettenham Stud (38) and Woodside Park Stud (33) have large drafts listed for sale.

Rosemont Stud has 32 yearlings while relative newcomers Maluka Thoroughbreds (28) and Stonehouse Thoroughbreds (25) also have sizeable drafts.

More than 500 of the catalogued yearlings have been signed up to Super VOBIS which makes them eligible for the lucrative VOBIS Gold program. In addition, every VOBIS nominated yearling by a Victorian based sire will be able to race in a series of $300,000 2yo and 3yo races in April of 2018 and 2019.

Yarra Glen based breeder and TBV member, Kevan Wacey, was reasonably confident his Choisir colt would sell well at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

“I thought he’d make around $150,000, but I’ve been around this game for a while now and you know not to get your hopes up too much,” Wacey recalls.

Victorian bred Defcon wins the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (John Donegan-Racing Photos)

Victorian bred Defcon wins the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (John Donegan-Racing Photos)

“But then once inspections got under way, no-one could get over the amount of times he was in and out of his box. I think the final tally was around 184 inspections which is a phenomenal number for Melbourne.

“Anyway, he ended up making $340,000 – more than twice the reserve – so, when the buyer, James Harron, came up to me later and asked if I’d like to keep a share, I quickly said yes.

“There were a lot of very good judges on that colt and I thought there could only be upside by keeping a leg.”

Wacey thought right.

On Saturday, the colt – Defcon – produced a barnstorming finish to capture the Group Three HDF McNeil Stakes at Caulfield, which ties in nicely with his victory in the Group Three Canberra Black Opal in March and takes his earnings, somewhat fittingly, past the original asking price.

Second on debut in the Listed Canonbury Stakes at Rosehill in January and then second to Astern (winner of Saturday’s Group Two Run To The Rose) in the Group Two Silver Slipper, Defcon followed his last-to-first win in the Black Opal with an unplaced effort in the Group One Golden Slipper before being tipped out for a spell.

The McNeil was Defcon’s first run in five months, but it didn’t take him long to shake off the rust.

“(Trainer) Peter Snowden told me he’d be tickled pink if Defcon ran in the first four on Saturday and was a good each way chance. So for him to win like that it’s very encouraging,” Wacey adds.

“He’s now likely to head to the Group Two Danehill Stakes at Flemington in a fortnight (10 September) and possibly the (Group One) Manikato later in the spring.”

Wacey also raced Defcon’s dam, Nuclear Force, under his Gleneagles Stud banner, with the Encosta de Lago mare winning six and some $150,000 in stakes before retiring to stud in 2011.

“I really liked Choisir and thought the cross with Encosta de Lago would work well,” Wacey explains. “Since Nuclear Force was retired, Japonisme came out and won the Coolmore, Frespanol won a stakes race and Proisir and his full brother Divine Prophet are both Group winners … all are by Choisir out of Encosta mares. I think I read somewhere that the cross has produced 63% winners to runners.

“Unfortunately the first foal from Nuclear Force died, but then she came up with Defcon.

“This year I sold an Excelebration filly out of the mare to Dynamic Syndications for $100,000 and she’ll be off to Gai Waterhouse.

“Last year Nuclear Force produced a cracking Wanted filly and is now in foal to Foxwedge, but has been booked back to Choisir for this spring.”

A long-time owner and a breeder “for around 25 years”, Wacey has 10 broodmares on his 130 acre property in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.

“I was always happy to potter along but decided to change the style of the business in recent years and have made a concerted effort to upgrade my broodmares and, hence, send around half of them to the Hunter Valley each year,” Wacey adds.

“(Group Two winner) Toast of the Coast will be covered by Dissident, Avionics (eight wins and over $420,000) is heading back to Pierro, while (multiple stakes placed) Nadeem Lass is heading to Criterion this spring – another Black Opal winner!

“It’s actually been a very big year or two for the farm with our home-bred Wordsmith (Group Three winner at Flemington) now the leading sire in Tasmania.

It was actually quite an extraordinary run of days for Gleneagles Stud bred horses. Two wins bookended the Saturday win of Defcon.

At Geelong on Friday, the Moloney trained Cool (Bel Esprit) won at Geelong while on Sunday at Port Augusta, the seven year old Magnusificient won to make it two wins in a row for the Magnus entire.

Outside at Oaklands Junction last week the weather was certainly cold, but the market was pretty hot inside the sales auditorium.

There was not an indicator, across all sessions of the sale, that didn’t head in the right direction for breeders and vendors.

Over 310 foals, 190 broodmares and 150 racehorses generated more than $13.25 million over four sessions at a clearance rate of 85%.

In terms of averages, the Platinum Weanling session was up 36% from last year, the General Weanling session increased by almost 22% and the Broodmare session was up by a healthy 17.3%. Full details in tables below.

Inglis Great Southern Sale: Platinum Weanlings


Inglis Great Southern Sale: General Weanlings


Inglis Great Southern Sale: Broodmares


Inglis Great Southern Sale: Racing stock


The sale strength continued right through to the end on Wednesday when Mihalic – the last lot of the supplementary catalogue – topped proceedings at $310,000 from Supreme Thoroughbreds.

Mihalic (Lot 905) is a three year-old Hard Spun filly bred by the Alderson family who also raced her with success. She who won the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at two before adding more black-type this season.  Her family is on the move as evidenced by her yearling half-brother (by Reward For Effort) selling for $380,000 at the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale to China Horse Club.

There was great demand for Contract Racing’s draft of 17 lots with a sale aggregate for the Macedon Ranges operator of $640,500.  They included Crystal Lily’s close relation Crystal Wind ($135,000) and Triscay’s in-form grand-daughter Iamhere ($110,000).  Both were purchased by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock.

“It’s safe to say this sale has truly come of age,” Inglis Victorian bloodstock manager Simon Vivian said.  “It was so pleasing to see every session record big increases in aggregate.”

“The support we have received from our vendors has been rewarded with outstanding competition from buyers, leading to a most successful and enjoyable sale.”

All three Inglis breeding stock sales at Oaklands Junction this year (Premier, VOBIS Gold and Great Southern) have recorded positive increases. There has been an additional $15.1 million in turnover, much of which is going back to Victorian breeders.

The foal component of the Inglis Great Southern Sale commences at Oaklands Junction, Melbourne this Sunday, the largest weanling auction in the Southern Hemisphere in 2016.

The largest and, according to Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager, Simon Vivian, possibly the strongest.

With the 2-day weanling section comprising over 400 lots (plus an increasing number of supplementaries to be finalised tomorrow), Vivian believes quality will go a long way to matching quantity.

“I reckon this (the Great Southern) will be a super sale,” Vivian enthuses.

“Consider this for a minute. There are 11 weanlings by Written Tycoon and seven by Street Boss. They are two of the hottest stallions in the country at the moment and you would find it very difficult to get a nomination to either of them this spring.

“Yet, here we have nearly 20 weanlings up for grabs by those two alone. And with over 100 stallions represented, there are also sons and daughters of Not a Single Doubt, Snitzel, Medaglia d’Oro, Magnus, Choisir, Hinchinbrook and More Than Ready, who had another Group One winner on Saturday with Eagle Way winning the Queensland Derby.

“Promising young stallions whose oldest are only two are well represented: Foxwedge already has winners in four countries and he’ll have nine weanlings in the Great Southern, while Poet’s Voice, who had a stakes winner on Saturday with My Country has one of the earliest lots in the sale. Moshe, So You Think as well.

“And there’s plenty of freshman sires too – 18 of them in fact – including Declaration of War, Shamus Award, Fiorente, Zoustar, The Factor, Sizzling, Dundeel, Unencumbered, Fighting Sun … a tremendous lineup.

“Pinhooking is definitely on the increase in Australia and you only have to cast your mind back to last year’s sale with Steve and Ceri Jostlear of Ampulla Lodge buying the Exceed And Excel colt (from Common Smytzer) for $300,000 and then on-selling him as a yearling for $800,000 some six months later.

“And seriously, who can forget ‘Roger’ the Teofilo colt that was snapped up by Three Bridges’ yearling manager, Karen Sinclair, for $32,000 before making $340,000 at this year’s Melbourne Premier.

“It really does serve to illustrate what’s on offer for the astute buyer at a sale like this. Teofilo hadn’t done that much in Australia by the time Karen’s weanling was purchased, but since then he’s been represented by Kermadec and an Australian Guineas winner in Palentino.”

Inglis’s Mark Dodemaide has been out on the inspection trail in recent weeks and shares Vivian’s view that it will be a cracking sale: “Sales in Australia have been really solid this year, and based on what I’ve seen among the entries for the Great Southern, there’s more than enough to attract investors from all over.

“There’s considerably more emphasis on weanling sales these days because there is so much upside. It’s interesting to note just how many of the lots are VOBIS qualified.”

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria’s Executive Officer, Patrick Clancy, explains: “Previously, most breeders would enter their yearlings for Super VOBIS prior to the sales but now they have the capacity to enter their weanlings, which again is a great selling point. There is no doubt the VOBIS brand helps to deliver greater returns to both buyers and vendors.

“There is a lot of momentum in the local breeding industry and you’ll find that the addition of VOBIS to these weanlings will be a real positive.”

The 2016 Inglis Great Southern will be staged over four days: the first two devoted to ‘Platinum’ and ‘General’ sessions for the weanlings, while the final two days will consist of broodmares, stallion and stallion shares and racing stock.

HOOFNOTE: Mark Dodemaide has been involved in quite a few sales during his lifetime, but he claims he’s never seen anything like it. Lot 343 at the Great Southern is a bay or brown colt on offer from Noor Elaine Farm at Euroa. The name of the colt’s dam … Three For Free.

“What are the odds that Lot 343 is out a dam called Three For Free? A million to one!”

Story courtesy of Aushorse

The Inglis Great Southern Sale in Melbourne next month contains the largest selection of foals at any southern hemisphere auction in 2016.

The catalogue is now online for the Oaklands sale on June 19, 20, 21 and 22.

After a flood of entries, the sale was extended to a four-day format, including two full days of weanlings, 290 of which are entered in the Platinum Session and 105 in the General Session.

A total of 86 Victorian vendors will present broodmares and weanlings.

In addition, two well proven Victorian sires, Astronomer Royal and Purrealist will be offered for sale

“The popularity of the Platinum Session has skyrocketed this year,” Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian said.

“Vendors recognise the benefit in increasing buyer confidence by X-Raying their premium stock.”

Weanlings on offer are by a first-class collection of stallions including 55 Victorian sires.

In particular, weanling buyers will have the opportunity to secure progeny from seven individual first season Victorian sires Unencumbered, War, Fiorente, Polanski, Kuroshio, Fighting Sun and Niconoise.

Proven Victorian sires represented in the weanling section include Written Tycoon, Magnus, Reset, Reward for Effort and Street Boss.

Following the weanling sections, over 250 broodmares from Victoria’s leading farms will be offered, 200 of which are due to foal this season.

No less than 40 Victorian sires are represented in-utero.

Importantly, these in-utero foals by Victorian sires will be the first generation of horses eligible for the lucrative inaugural $1 million VOBIS Sires 2yo race to be run in April 2019 – followed by the inaugural $500,000 VOBIS Sires 3yo race starting in 2020.

Six Victorian first season sires of 2015 will make their Victorian sales ring ‘debut’ including:

Hampton Court & Warriors Reward (both standing at Spendthrift Farm);

Puissance de Lune, Toronado and The Wow Signal (all standing at Swettenham Stud; and

Warhorse (standing at Bombora Downs)

Over 120 lots of racing stock will join stallions Purrealist (Lot 662) and Astronomer Royal (Lot 661).

Supplementary entries will close on Friday 10 June.

Full details of the sale including the catalogue can be found at: 2016 Great Southern Sale

Underlining the strength and confidence in the Victorian breeding and racing industry the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale has recorded increases across the board for the fourth straight year.

230 yearlings sold at the sale this year at a remarkable clearance rate of 88% and a rising Select Session average up 40% year-on-year to $18,525.

Bidding was fast and persistent over the last two days with 21 lots sold for $40,000 or more, which is more than double the amount from 2015.

A Stryker colt from Three Bridges Thoroughbbreds topped the sale at $85,000 – bought by Cranbourne trainer Shea Eden.

“We targeted this sale due to all the VOBIS bonuses on offer throughout Victoria for these horses. The VOBIS scheme is great for my owners who have access to this prizemoney in Victoria and it is only getting stronger,” said leading buyer Shea Eden.

The Cranbourne based trainer purchased six yearlings for $211,000 on Sunday and Monday, including the top two priced yearlings in the sale.

Shea Eden will also train the Foxwedge colt (Lot 189) that sold for $82,500. From Canadian stakes winner Dance To My Tune, the colt was sold from the draft of Red Hill’s Morning Rise Stud.

“As soon as I saw the Foxwedge (VOBIS nominated) colt I really liked him. He has a strong pedigree being out of Stravinsky mare that ran second in a Group 1 and he just looks like an early type. He has a great nature, good attitude and is really good bodied horse,” said Shea Eden.

The Top 10 priced yearlings across this year’s VOBIS Gold sale were:

VG Sale Top 10 lots


The Inglis Insurance award for the Best Presented Draft at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale was presented to Jen Fowler of Merrivale Farm, Gooram Victoria.

“On behalf of Inglis I would like to thank all vendors who have supported our yearling sales in Victoria this year and have been rewarded with record results across the board, from Premier Sessions One and Two through to this tremendous VOBIS Gold Sale,” said Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian.

“To sell 843 yearlings at Oaklands this year at clearance rate of 88% is a great achievement and we look forward to following the fortunes of all of the graduates,” Vivian said.

It was a tremendous result for Victorian breeders and vendors across the two major yearling sales with increases recorded across all sessions. A table of results is listed below:

Victorian yearling sales growth 2016

Victorian vendors, breeders and buyers are out in force in Sydney for the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Here are a few photos from Sunday’s inspection day.

Sometimes the best stories of a yearling sale aren’t the sale toppers, the stunning types or the super pedigree pages.

This is the heartwarming account of yearling Roger and his handler.

The story of Roger or lot 339 (Teofilo-Serious Rock) at this year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale is one of great human emotion, devotion and, ultimately, love for a young horse.

TBV captured the moment Roger was knocked down by Inglis auctioneer Jonathan D’Arcy. We followed him and his Three Bridges’ handler Karen Sinclair as they paraded out of the ring and proudly strode back to Barn G.

And then, once Roger was back in his box and head in the feed bin, we experienced Karen’s Three Bridges colleagues emotionally embrace and congratulate her (including a bear hug from the boss).

See for yourself this heartwarming story of Roger as told by Karen…

Video was produced by Tim Patterson & team at

The story of Roger

Roger was bred by Nagambie’s Hillside Thoroughbreds and stud manager Peter Ford remembers him very well.

“They struggled to get him out of his dam (Serious Rock) and in the end four of his ribs were broken.

“He was sent to the vet at Scone immediately. Following examination, the vet advised he was a fifty-fifty chance of living”

“He got through it thankfully with his ribs repaired with little plates.”

Roger, as he was first named by Hillside, got through this initial trauma and grew up into what Peter described as a “beautiful walking colt”.

“You make your decisions” as Peter puts it philosophically when he describes the decision to sell Roger at the weanling sales.

The young Teofilo colt made $32,000 at the 2015 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale bought by bloodstock agent Paul Willetts for Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

At the Eddington property of Three Bridges, Roger became a farm favourite.

Yearling Manager, Karen Sinclair grew a particular connection with the horse. She had seen him at the weanling sale originally and thought he really stood out.

At the farm he became known for his laid back attitude.

“He eats lots and snores!” Karen commented.

“He’s just the most gorgeous horse really. Everyone’s favourite. Dependable Roger.

“I bought a share in him because I loved him so much. Paul (Willetts) and Toby (Liston) said I should basically, for once, put my ‘balls on the plate’!”

Last week at the Inglis Premier Sale, he surprised everyone with his sale price. With a moderate reserve placed on him by Three Bridges there was not super-high expectations.

But the bidding kept going and going and going for Roger in the auction ring finishing with the hammer coming down at $340,000 to the bid of New Zealand’s Wexford Stables.

It was a much unexpected result for Three Bridges’ Liston family and their yearling manager Karen. And it certainly brought a few tears of joy to the eyes of Karen and her colleagues.

Roger’s breeder Peter Ford could have considered him the one that got away, but instead he was thrilled.

“I went to school with (Three Bridges’) Peter Liston and with Pauline Liston’s brothers and I am really thrilled for them.”

The next chapter in this story of course is the one where Roger gets to the race track where, just maybe, he might become a champion, a snoring dependable champion at that.

Session 1 of the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale concluded with a record aggregate and average at Oaklands just outside of Melbourne.

Turnover was up 16% to $51.39 million and the average rose 14% to $111,000. The overall clearance rate also climbed 5 points to 87%.

In the past 5 years, the sale average of Session 1 at Inglis Premier has lifted an extraordinary 54.8%.

At this year’s sale 32 horses were sold for in excess of $250,000, a significant increase on the 18 in 2015, demonstrating the growing demand for top quality colts and fillies at Victoria’s principal yearling sale.

The Premier Sale was particularly a triumph for Victorian vendors who monopolised the Top 10 leader-board.

  • $700,000 C Snitzel – Beauty World Blue Gum Farm
  • $675,000 F Fastnet Rock – Hidden Energy Swettenham Stud
  • $460,000 F Fastnet Rock – Port Augusta Blue Gum Farm
  • $380,000 C Reward for Effort – Batik Supreme Thoroughbreds
  • $375,000 C Street Cry – Original Choice Blue Gum Farm
  • $340,000 C Snitzel – Miss Iguacu Glentree Thoroughbreds
  • $340,000 C Teofilo – Serious Rock Three Bridges Thoroughbreds
  • $340,000 C Sebring – Viking Turf Belle Blue Gum Farm
  • $320,000 C Shamardal – Port Providence Rosemont Stud
  • $320,000 C Smart Missile – Rain Shadow Ampulla Lodge

Blue Gum’s Snitzel – Beauty World colt was secured for $700,000, making him the second-highest priced yearling to be sold at a sale in Victoria. A half-brother to four stakes winners, he was signed for by international bloodstock agent Justin Bahen on behalf of his Hong Kong client Mr Hung.

“We viewed him half a dozen times and knew he was the colt we wanted,” said Bahen.

“He was full of energy throughout the sale and had a consistent attitude. We spent enough time to make sure he was the right horse for us.”

Blue Gum Farm became the first vendor in Melbourne Premier history to record turnover exceeding $4 million. Earlier on Tuesday, Blue Gum’s Sebring – Viking Turf Belle colt was purchased by Tony McEvoy for $340,000.

“We are delighted to achieve such great results for the clients and the farm,” said Blue Gum owner Philip Campbell.

“Our two top colts today were both outstanding animals with great presence, and we’re confident they’ll get the best chance with their buyers.”

Chatswood Stud champion Reward For Effort recorded the second-highest price on Day 3 with a $380,000 colt from Batik. Sold through Supreme Thoroughbreds, he is a half-brother to LR Maribyrnong Trial Stakes winner Mihalic and was purchased by China Horse Club.

“The overwhelming results from Session 1 are representative of the confidence in the Victorian industry, and in the Premier Sale,” said Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian.

“The jump in average of 14% proves that the results are there for breeders and vendors who support the sale with high-quality horses.”

The Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale continued its record-breaking momentum on Wednesday when Session 2 average rocketed 43% to $45,701.

The 147 lots on offer at Oaklands grossed $6.71 million and the clearance rate rose 7 points to 88%.

New Premier II records were paid for the top priced colt and filly smashing the old marks set in 2011.

More than half of the Top 20 priced lots in Session 2 were by Victorian sires including Written Tycoon, Turffontein, Street Boss, Americain, Reward for Effort and Artie Schiller.

The Teofilo – Alynya colt (Lot 708) from Yarran Thoroughbreds topped the Session 2 leaderboard after Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher beat Paul Moroney with a bid of $220,000.

The colt was bred by Neville Murdoch’s Larneuk Stud.

“He’s a lovely athletic horse and really uses himself,” said Maher.

“There’s been strong competitive buying and the results are a good sign for Victorian racing and breeding.”

A daughter of Written Tycoon out of She’s A Knockout (Lot 672) set a new benchmark for Premier II fillies when selling for $130,000.

Owner-breeder Justin Lovatt consigned the filly through Hollylodge Thoroughbreds.

The filly has received a multitude of pedigree updates since the catalogue was printed through her sibling Burning Front (by Primus). Trained by Darren Weir, he has won VOBIS Gold Premier Series races at Pakenham and Moonee Valley as well as the G3 Carlyon Cup.

Next Level Bloodstock’s Eric Pipersberg secured the filly and she will be trained by Team Corstens.

“I was impressed by the physical attributes of the filly. She’s a beautiful mover and filled my eye,” Pipersberg said.

“Burning Front beat Leon’s smart galloper Del Prado at Caulfield and that really resonated with me. Written Tycoon is hot right now so I don’t think we will have any trouble syndicating the filly.”

Competition from local, national and international buyers was fierce during the fourth and final day of Inglis Premier. A total of 41 lots sold for $60,000 or more against just 12 last year.

Premier II has truly come of age and it now occupies a significant position within the Australasian sales calendar,” Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian said

“Vendors and buyers recognised the value of the products on offer, and we are delighted to have been able to match these expectations and facilitate four wonderful days of trade.”

Written Tycoon has 20 yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and they will head to Oaklands Junction on the back of another winning week for the red-hot Woodside Park stallion.


Australian Stud Book figures for the 2015 covering season show Written Tycoon served 184 mares at a $19,800 fee. The Woodside Park sire was the busiest stallion in Victoria bar Reward For Effort.


Written Tycoon finishes second on the Perth Magic Millions averages with 6 lots at $90,500. He was runner-up to Snitzel for stallions with more than 3 sales. Gangemi Racing buys his top-priced yearling – a $140,000 colt from a half-sister to Jet Spur.


Brilliant Written Tycoon filly Hot Dipped blitzes her rivals by 8 lengths on debut in the Magic Millions Tasmanian 2YO Classic (1220m). The Brendan McShane trained filly has accepted for the LR Gold Sovereign Stakes in Hobart on Wednesday.

Hot Dipped


Written Tycoon breaks the Tasmanian record at the Magic Millions with a colt from Kandy Korn (Flying Spur) that makes $115,000 to the bid of local trainer John Blacker. “I believed he was the best colt of the sale,” Blacker said. “He’s by one of the hottest sires around and I knew we would have to pay a decent amount for him.” The second highest priced lot at $100,000 was also by Written Tycoon and bought by Victoria’s Manny Gelagotis.

Friday AM

Unbeaten Written Tycoon colt Capitalist pleases trainer Peter Snowden in a half-mile trial at Randwick. The Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner and G1 Golden Slipper favourite was given an easy hit-out under Blake Shinn when collared right on the line by classy 3yo filly English. Snowden will start him first-up in the G2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on March 5.

Friday PM

Written Tycoon flyer Aunty Mo wins her second Jeep 55 Second Challenge at Moonee Valley in 55.33s. She clocked 55.15s a fortnight earlier and trainer Brendan McCarthy said he will be back for another crack at winning the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Limerick Lane’s Victorian bred Tuscan Sling set the current fastest mark of 54.90s in Heat 1 of this season’s Challenge.


Multiple black-type updates for Written Tycoon’s yearlings catalogued for the Melbourne Premier Sale. Lot 364 is out of a half-sister to G2 Millie Fox Stakes winner First Seal and Lot 234 is from a three-quarter sister to Impassioned who was runner-up in the LR Challenge Stakes at Ascot.


Written Tycoon sires his 85th individual winner of the season when Royalic scores a barrier-to-box victory at Pinjarra. The three year-old is part-owned by Woodside Park and was having his first start in the west for trainer Dan Morton.

There is no doubt the demand for the Written Tycoon lots at the upcoming Inglis Premier Yearling Sale was be tremendously high amongst Victorian, interstate and even international buyers.

Full details of the 20 yearlings at the sale