This year’s edition of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale concluded last Wednesday, after a positive four days of trade at the Oaklands Junction complex.
Following on from Days One and Two where the competition between buyers resulted in record purchases, another Brazen Beau colt was the top lot on Day Three (lot 452), selling to Orbis Bloodstock for $560,000. The Super VOBIS nominated colt, whose dam is a half-sister to Group winning stallion Jukebox, was offered as part of the Springmount draft.
“The Brazen Beau today, he’s got a very good brain, he’s a nice and relaxed type of horse,” Orbis’ Paul King said. “I looked at him four or five times and every time I looked at him, I liked him more…I’m extremely pleased with (all the lots) we’re taking home.”
The conclusion of Book One on Day Three saw a clearance rate of 85%, gross sales of $45,466,500 and four of the top five lots coming from Victorian vendors. Victorian stallions Brazen Beau ($800,000) and Fiorente ($320,000) were among the six stallions to achieve a record price for a 2019-sold yearling, whilst the Book One leading vendors were Victoria’s Blue Gum Farm and Gilgai Farm. These results give confirmation that trainers, syndicators and owners are still very much supportive of the Victorian breeding industry and the lucrative VOBIS scheme.
Day Four opened with Victorian trainer Luke Oliver securing a Reward for Effort filly for $15,000. The day provided buyers the opportunity to snare a bargain, however the competition still proved fierce. The day’s top lot, a Denman x Red Magnum colt (lot 720) from Stockwell Thoroughbreds, reached $115,000 at the fall of the hammer.
The colt’s sale to Aquis Farm capped off a successful Premier sale for Stockwell, who sold 10 of their 11 lots.
“This is a genuine sale,’’ Stockwell’s Brodie Becker said. “Inglis has done a great job in getting the buyers here. If you have got the right horse then people have got good money for it.’’
Book Two ended with an average sale price of $35,795 and Swettenham Stud sire Toronado was a stand out, selling 12 of his 14 progeny offered.
The overall sale results for Victorian first season sires were positive, with Rosemont Stud’s Nostradamus selling 9 of the 11 progeny catalogued and Woodside Park’s Rich Enuff selling 5 of 7. Victorian trainer and star of the latest TBV Sires Showdown promotional campaign, Robbie Griffiths, left the sale as overall leading buyer, securing 16 lots across both books. Ciaron Maher and Ellerton Zahra Racing followed closely with 12 lots each.
The next Victorian Inglis sale is the Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale on Sunday 28 April 2019. Click here for the catalogue.
2019 MELBOURNE PREMIER YEARLING SALE BOOK 2
(2018 in brackets)
Lots Sold: 156 (137)
Clearance Rate: 68% (74%)
Average Price: $35,795 ($39,540)
Median Price: $27,500 ($35,000)
Top Price: $135,000 ($150,000)
Gross: $5,584,000 ($5,417,000)
2019 MELBOURNE PREMIER YEARLING SALE BOOK 1
(2018 in brackets)
Lots Sold: 390 (432)
Clearance Rate: 85% (85%)
Average Price: $116,581 ($117,265)
Median Price: $90,000 ($100,000)
Top Price: $800,000 ($500,000)
Gross: $45,466,500 ($50,658,500)