Bunyip’s Ampulla Lodge has won the inaugural Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) VOBIS vendors prize at the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale (Session 1).

With an average of $210,000 across the three VOBIS nominated lots it sold, Ampulla lead the way followed by Nagambie’s Gilgai Farm which had an average of $183,889 for 9 VOBIS lots.

The prize from TBV is $1,000 and is to be used by Ampulla Lodge’s staff for a dinner or lunch to celebrate the achievement.

112ColtAmericain (USA)Northeast Note (NZ)Proven Thoroughbreds / McEvoy Mitchell Racing NSW$110,000
288ColtSmart MissileRain ShadowTan Sri Vincent Tan & Dato Seri Robin Tan MALAYSIA$320,000
289ColtCharge ForwardRaquiaInglis As Agent HONG KONG$200,000

Ampulla Lodge specialises in pinhooking weanlings – which are then reared at its farm in West Gippsland and presented at yearling sales across the country.

Ampulla Lodge sign

Ampulla proprietors Steve and Ceri Jostlear have had a whirlwind and breakthrough yearling sales season starting with Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.

At the January sale, they ranked second by vendor Book 1 averages with an average of $440,000 – an extraordinary result against the ‘big boys’ of Australian breeding. Their sales included $800,000 for a Makybe bred Exceed and Excel colt.

“We are humbled and honoured to be receiving the inaugural TBV award. We would like to offer our sincerest gratitude to TBV for this honour,” said Ceri Jostlear

“We have had an exceptional sales year with outstanding results starting at Magic Millions and now at Inglis Melbourne Premier.

“Steve and I believe our results are owed to not only our strict selection process of weanlings, but also the dedicated staff we have on farm as well as our fantastic sales staff. We look forward to rewarding them with this prize.

“Again, we are humbled to receive this award and look forward to presenting an even better draft at Melbourne Premier next year.”

The performance of Ampulla Lodge graduates on the track is no doubt one reason for the farm’s sales success.

“From our last six crops of racing age, we have presented 62 yearlings for sale,” Steve Jostlear said.

“Of these, 84% have raced so far with 85% of them being winners, 45.5% city performers and nearly 10% stakes performers with over $4 million in prize money. These enviable stats have been gained by mostly ‘non-commercial’ horses.”

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