Two Victorian studs helped set joint record prices for weanlings sold in the southern state at this year’s Inglis Great Southern Sale.
Swettenham Stud and Bombora Downs now both share the record honours after selling their respective weanlings for $310,000 each.
The record priced lots helped the select weanling sale’s gross to a strong $8,838,250 with an improving clearance rate of 76%, an average of $30,062 and a median of $15,000.
In a sign of how far the Victorian industry has come, just three years ago average weanling prices were $14,504 and the median was a mere $6,000.
Swettenham kicked off the record breaking on Sunday with a More Than Ready Calming Influence colt going to the bid of renowned pinhookers Ampulla Lodge of Bunyip.
Offered for sale on behalf of the Marheine family, the Lot 204 colt took an opening bid from Ampulla’s Steve Jostlear of $200,000.
Brian Gorman, Swettenham’s Operations Manager, was not surprised to see the spirited bidding for him in the ring.
“He was just enormously popular, hardly ever in his box, and the number of inspections he did was just phenomenal,” Gorman said.
“His level of maturity that he displayed was what you would expect from a seasoned yearling, not a weanling.
“Swettenham is very proud to jointly hold this Victorian record…it shows we are ticking the boxes. We now hold the record for the highest priced yearling filly (in Victoria), and now the highest priced weanling, and they have both been in the last couple of years,” said Gorman.
Less than 24 hours later Christoph Bruechert from Bombora walked into the Oaklands Junction sales ring with the Written Tycoon – Many Facets colt and walked out minutes afterwards with the joint record for a weanling sold in Victoria.
The colt, bred by Lynn Alderson at Bayles, was purchased by Newgate Farm and China Horse Club and has already been marked to go to the stables of Peter and Paul Snowden.
Bruechert said it was Bombora Downs’ second-best result ever for a horse of any age, behind only a $350,000 Written Tycoon colt it offered at this year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
“It’s great for me, and it’s great for Victoria. To have two equal-record lots in two days here is great, and it’s fantastic that we’ve finally got a headline stallion in Written Tycoon, who I truly believe has got many great years ahead of him,” Bruechert said.
“I don’t generally get a lot of feedback but I had a lot of people telling me the past few days that this is the nicest horse they’ve seen here, or one of the best they’ve seen anywhere this year.
“A lot offered positive feedback which for me at least is quite rare, not that I get negative feedback, it’s just generally you don’t get any.”
Rochester’s Burnewang North claimed leading vendor honours, selling all 12 of their offerings for an aggregate of $747,500.
The leading buyer by number of purchases was TBV member Sheamus Mills Bloodstock with nine weanlings bought.
Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon was a clear leading sire, topping both the aggregate ($1,090,000) and average price ($155,714) for three or more sales.
It was also a solid sale for First Season Sire Brazen Beau who stands at Darley Northwood. His two lots to sell recorded an average of $210,000, placing both in the top five overall lots in the sale.
Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian said the sale was especially strong for the Victorians.
“To have Written Tycoon and Brazen Beau both perform so strongly, to have Burnewang North end with 12 from 12, Bombora Downs and Swettenham offering the top two Lots which equalled the state record, I think it laid a fantastic foundation for future weanling sales at Great Southern in Victoria,” Vivian said.
“There are definitely areas we will work on and improve moving forward but overall, I’m very happy with how the weanlings sold.”