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Major Progress At Melbourne Premier

Lindsay Park David Hayes & Sheamus Mills.

The Inglis Melbourne Premier I Yearling Sale rose to new heights for the sixth consecutive year at Oaklands Junction.

The Inglis Premier average increased by 16% from last year to a record $97,003 while the median was up 23% to a record $80,000 and gross up 19% to a record $44.50 million.

“We are ecstatic at the strength of the sale,” Inglis Victorian Director Peter Heagney said.  “As Melbourne’s principal yearling sale, these positive results are indicative of the progressive nature of the Victorian industry as a whole.”

Victorians spent over $20 million making up 45% of the sale’s gross.  International support was also strong with overseas buyers spending over $10 million on 90 Lots.

The three sessions of Premier 1 saw 6 Victorian studs figure in the Top 10 by average.  Woodside Park Stud led the locals with an average of $132,778 to just tip out Yallambee Stud ($131,389).

Yallambee topped Premier I with a $560,000 Snitzel – Belle of the City filly heading to South Africa.

Swettenham Stud’s Master Of Design joined Foxwedge and Sepoy as the only first-season sires to have a yearling on the Top 10 leader-board.  Swettenham’s half-brother to Trust In A Gust made $300,000.

Lindsay Park trainer David Hayes (pictured with agent Sheamus Mills) was the leading Premier I buyer for the third consecutive year having outlaid $1.35 million on 11 Lots.  Eliza Park International led the vendors by aggregate selling 24 Lots for $2.95 million.

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