The Inglis Great Southern Sale rounded off four days of excellent results at Oaklands Junction with a 72% overall rise in turnover to $8.53 million.
“It was very satisfying to finish the sales season on such a buoyant note,” Inglis Victorian director Peter Heagney said. “From the weanlings and broodmares right through to the racing stock, there was good competition and the sale finished with excellent results in all sections.”
The top priced weanling was a $300,000 Exceed And Excel – Common Smytzer colt from Makybe. The full-brother to Group 3 winner Exceedingly Good was secured by Victoria’s Ampulla Lodge in partnership with New Zealand’s Ascot Farm. “He is the best foal we’ve seen all year,” Ampulla Lodge’s Steve Jostlear declared. “I’ve looked at every colt in every sale and he is the best by a long way. I gave him a carrot and he ate it, you know that’s the one when they eat the carrot!”
Redoute’s Choice winner Illusional topped the Broodmare Sale when purchased by Flemington trainer John Salanitri for $160,000 from Phoenix Broodmare Farm. The 13 year-old mare has foaled the Group 2 winners Chase The Rainbow (Dash For Cash) and Ms Funovits (Reset).
Lamiraqui (Choisir) and Streetcar Stella (Blevic) were next best on the leader-board at $125,000. “Overall, there was good competition on the better quality mares,” Heagney said. “But the sale also highlighted the widening gap between commercial and non-commercial mares.”
The Yearling and Racehorse Session on was topped by Royal Standing at $105,000 from Contract Racing. The three year-old son of Stratum was last seen in the G1 Victoria Derby and was purchased by one of his part-owners to dissolve the syndicate.