314 weanlings have been sold across the first two days of the 2016 Inglis Great Southern Sale with increases across the board.

The average price of the 222 weanlings sold in the Platinum Session has finished at $32,140, up 37% on last year’s record figure of $23,392 while the all-important median indicator was up an astonishing 80% to $18,000.

For the General Session of weanlings, the average increased by 12.5% to $8,567 and the median also moved up by 24%.

Flinders’ Two Bays Farm was the leading Victorian vendor (3 or more lots sold in Platinum session) with 9 lots sold for an average for $63,833 while Euroa’s Maluka Thoroughbreds also performed well with 9 lots sold for an average $54,111.

The Platinum session was headed by Erinvale Thoroughbred’s Lot 792 colt by Pierro from Call Me Pretty that sold for $210,000 to the partnership of Victoria’s own Ampulla Lodge and Ascot Farm from New Zealand.

As a buyer, Ampulla Lodge also topped Day 1 of the Platinum session securing a $170,000 Written Tycoon colt from Woodside Park.

13 weanlings were sold for over $100,000 at this year’s Great Southern Sale, a considerable jump from just four lots last year.

Top 10 weanling lots sold by Victorian vendors

LotSexVictorian vendorSireDamBuyerLocationPrice
792ColtErinvale ThoroughbredsPierroCall Me Pretty (USA)Ampulla Lodge/Ascot FarmVic/NZ$210,000
85ColtWoodside Park StudWritten TycoonPeppieAmpulla Lodge/Ascot FarmVic/NZ$170,000
252ColtStonehouse ThoroughbredsFiorente (IRE)FiammarosaPrima Park/Waterford B'stockNZ$160,000
794ColtTwo Bays FarmEpauletteLoading ZonePaul Willetts NZ$140,000
163ColtTwo Bays FarmDundeel (NZ)WhitesailsLyndhurst FarmNZ$130,000
288FillyShadwell FarmHinchinbrookIsolaInglis As AgentNSW$125,000
158ColtSwettenham StudAkeed Mofeed (GB)Video StarT CliftNSW$120,000
222FillyMaluka ThoroughbredsTavistock (NZ)Clear Blue (NZ)Heritage BloodstockVIC$115,000
137ColtSupreme ThoroughbredsPierroSweetness 'n Light (NZ)Moody Racing VIC$105,000
102FillyMerrivale FarmHinchinbrookRiverina (USA)Inglis As AgentVIC$100,000
30ColtWoodside Park StudHigh Chaparral (IRE)LustreBotty's BloodstockVIC$90,000

“There is no doubt that this was the best collection of weanlings ever offered for sale in Victoria,” said Inglis Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian.

“We have been privileged to catalogue a fantastic draft of youngsters and this led to unprecedented interest from buyers. The old line of ‘if you build it, they will come’ was evident from inspections early in the week.

“This Great Southern Weanling Sale was built on quality individuals with good pedigrees being professionally presented by our vendors. The buyers came and were obviously pleased with the product on offer,” said Vivian, who added that this sale “continues to develop”.

Demand for weanlings by Victorian first season sires was strong with a colt by Sun Stud’s Fiorente being the best priced foal by a freshman sire at the Great Southern Sale

The Fiorente colt from Fiammarosa (Danehill) was offered by Stonehouse Thoroughbreds of Eddington and sold for $160,000 to NZ buyers Prima Park & Waterford Bloodstock. The colt is from a sister to Shinzig and Strada.

Fiorente had Group 1 victories in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) and Australian Cup (2000m) as well as a Group 2 in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m). He was the busiest first-season sire in Australia in 2014 covering 186 mares and will stand for a $17,600 (inc gst) service fee at Sun Stud this year.

Other Victorian first season sires with progeny sold during the two sessions included Unencumbered (up to $87,500), Fighting Sun (up to $57,500) as well as Niconoise and Kuroshio.

The final lot of the Platinum Session also created plenty of buzz in the sale ring with Two Bays Farm selling the colt by Epaulette from Loading Zone (Lot 794) for $140,000 to Paul Willetts.

“Fantastic sale, the strongest weanling sale of the year in our opinion. Nice weanlings are nice yearlings and no doubt some shrewd purchases were made and certainly some pin hooks will make a killing come yearling sales time,” said Toby Liston of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Three Bridges has been delighted by the response to their exciting young stallion Unencumbered.

“It’s always great when the market believes in your stallion, so it’s fair to say that we went to bed last night very pleased with the response from all buyers from all corners of Australia. He is leaving correct, sound and tough looking horses, just like Unencumbered himself so there are some exciting times ahead.”

Complete vendor, buyer and sire statistics for Days One and Two of the Great Southern Sale can be viewed online here: 2016 Great Southern Sale

Day Three starts at 10:00am tomorrow, with a big day of Broodmares, Supplementary Broodmares, Stallions and Stallion Shares.

The sale finishes on Wednesday 22 June with Yearlings, Unbroken Stock and Racehorses.

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