Inglis’ newly renovated Oaklands Junction complex was a hive of activity on Sunday morning, as Day 1 of the 2019 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale officially began.

Victoria’s Stonehouse Thoroughbreds draft kicked off proceedings, however it was Lot 4, a Brazen Beau colt from the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft, which took the spotlight early.

With the hammer eventually falling to Orbis Bloodstock at $800,000, the colt (ex- Up In Lights) took the title of the second most expensive yearling ever sold in Victoria. He also became the highest-priced Brazen Beau sold to date.

Mike Fleming, of Bhima Thoroughbreds, wasn’t expecting such a high price for the colt.

“This colt is an exceptional individual. He was extremely popular all week with parades so we were confident we would get him sold well, but to reach $800,000, wow, that certainly was well above expectation,’’ Mike said.

Other Victorian stallions also proved popular amongst buyers, including Swettenham Stud’s Toronado. The progeny averaged over $120,000 with a Two Bay Farms colt (Lot 146) selling for $310,000.

Proving you didn’t have to spend big to secure a good one, trainer Aaron Purcell purchased Lot 115, a Street Boss filly from Rosemont Stud for $45,000. Trainer Matthew Williams and Sheamus Mills Bloodstock also secured a bargain with a Supreme Thoroughbred’s Magnus filly (Lot 167) for $30,000. As an added bonus for their stables, both fillies are also Super VOBIS and VOBIS Sires qualified.

Sunday morning also bought the release of the next instalment of TBV’s VOBIS Sires campaign, “Weekend at Robbie’s.” As the star of this campaign, Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths proved his support of the VOBIS program with four out of his five Day One purchases all Super VOBIS nominated. Click here to see the campaign video.

With many happy buyers and vendors, and the Day One gross sale reaching $16,944,000, Inglis are encouraged for a strong remainder to the sale.  The sale continues from 11am daily until Wednesday 6th March.

DAY 1 STATISTICS (Lots 1 – 197)

Lots sold: 135

Clearance Rate: 77%

Average Price: $125,511

Median Price: $100,000

Highest Lot: $800,000 (Lot 4)

Sale Top Price: $800,000 (Lot 4)

Gross: $16,944,000

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