One of the biggest and best drafts of Victorian bred yearlings has been lined up for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale of 2017.

To be held from 26 February to 1 March, the catalogue consists of 771 yearling lots across the two sessions.

Last year the Session 1 average was up 14% to $111,000 while Session 2 shot up by a whopping 43% to almost $46,000. Just seven year ago, the Session 1 average was $55,000.

58 Victorian vendors have 602 lots in the released catalogue. This is the biggest number ever except for 2008 which was unique due to the travel restrictions associated with the Equine Influenza outbreak.

Session One will see 550 yearlings catalogued including 54 relations to Group winners and 52 yearlings out of Group winners. The Blue Riband Session, held on the Sunday (Day 1), comprises 150 lots.

Victorian sired lots make up a significant part of the catalogue. Australia’s Champion 2yo sire and Victorian overall Champion Sire Written Tycoon has the largest number of lots (30).

Sun Stud’s two highly promising first crop sires, Fiorente and Fighting Sun, have a great opportunity to make their mark at the sale with 29 lots and 19 lots respectively.

Three Bridges’ Unencumbered (13 lots) and Godolphin Northwood’s Kuroshio (7 lots) will also make their Melbourne Premier debuts as sires.

Victorian sires at 2017 Inglis Premier Sale
Top 10 (by no. of lots)

SireStudLots SireStudLots
Written TycoonWoodside30Street Boss (USA)Darley17
Fiorente (IRE)Sun Stud29MagnusSun Stud14
HelmetDarley23UnencumberedThree Bridges13
Reward for EffortChatswood22Americain (USA)Swettenham12
Fighting SunSun Stud19ResetDarley11

“The support we have received from Australasia’s leading breeders is greatly appreciated and evidences the strong position Premier now holds in the yearling sale market,” Inglis’ Simon Vivian said.

“The number of full and half relations to stakes performers represented in the sale is unprecedented

“Melbourne Premier has become a ‘must-attend’ yearling sale for the most discerning of buyers, with anticipated representation from all states of Australia plus New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, USA and Malaysia.

“The Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale continues to be a major source of Group One winners, headed in the current season by horses such as Jameka, The Conglomerate, Scales of Justice and The Quarterback.”

Some of the feature lots on pedgiree catalogued in the Premier sale include:

  • Lot 101, a Pierro colt out of triple Group One winner Keep The Peace (Keeper) – Stonehouse Thoroughbreds.
  • Lot 107, a filly by All Too Hard out of Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Mirjulisa Lass (Danasinga), the first foal out of the Group One winner.
  • Lot 172, a half-brother by Reset to dual Group One winner Palentino (Teofilo) – Kulani Park
  • Lot 244, a So You Think filly who is a half-sister to Group 2 Wakeful Stakes winner Tiamo Grace (Monaco Consul) – Hillside Thoroughbreds
  • Lot 259, a half-brother to Group 1 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback (Street Boss) by I Am Invincible – Gilgai Farm
  • Lot 262, a Helmet filly out of Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes winner Special Mission – Maluka Thoroughbreds
  • Lot 307, a Pierro colt which is the fourth foal out of Group Two-placed Viking Turf Belle (Elusive Quality) and sibling to Tony McEvoy’s exciting 2yo colt Vinland (Sebring)  – Blue Gum Farm
  • Lot 516, a Snitzel colt from Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Headway – Milburn Creek (as agent for Makybe)

This 2016 sale’s leading vendor Blue Gum Farm has 31 yearlings on offer, while fellow Victorian-based operators Supreme Thoroughbreds (43), Swettenham Stud (38) and Woodside Park Stud (33) have large drafts listed for sale.

Rosemont Stud has 32 yearlings while relative newcomers Maluka Thoroughbreds (28) and Stonehouse Thoroughbreds (25) also have sizeable drafts.

More than 500 of the catalogued yearlings have been signed up to Super VOBIS which makes them eligible for the lucrative VOBIS Gold program. In addition, every VOBIS nominated yearling by a Victorian based sire will be able to race in a series of $300,000 2yo and 3yo races in April of 2018 and 2019.

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