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.”