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.”

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