Last start Caulfield placegetter Palace Tycoon has topped the 2016 Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale in Melbourne today selling for $90,000 from the draft of David and Jenny Moodie’s Contract Racing.

Palace Tycoon (by Testa Rossa) was one of 174 lots sold at Friday’s auction, where $2,015,000 was traded across the breeding and racing stock offered.

The sale was preceeded a parade of six Victorian first season sires; Dandino, Late Charge, Nostradamus, Ready For Victory, Rock Sturdy and Trust In A Gust (pictures below).

It was actually the second time Trust in a Gust has graced the sale ring at Oaklands, as the dual Group 1 winner was sold by Swettenham Stud to champion trainer Darren Weir for $45,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale back in 2012.

Contract Racing sold three of the top four lots with Medaglia D’Oro mare Miss Cooper selling for $72,500 while Encosta de Lago mare Elsedine was purchased by Three Fillies Lodge, Victoria for $65,000.

Robert Roulston Bloodstock bought Lonhro mare Wingstack for $70,000 from Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock.

Well related five-year-old mare Star Hunter topped the broodmare section when sold by Victorian based Baree Pastoral Company for $57,000 to China Horse Club. Out of Group 2 winning Flying Spur mare Ponton Flyer, Star Hunter is a half-sister to stakes winners Black Vanquish and Minnesota Shark.

2016 Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale statistics (2015 results in brackets):

  • Catalogued: 258 (282)
  • Offered: 221 (223)
  • Sold: 175 (211)
  • Clearance: 79% (95%)
  • Gross: $2,015,400 ($2,477,350)
  • Average: $11,517 ($11,741)
  • Median: $5,000 ($4,500)
  • Top Price: $90,000 ($200,000)
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