The Inglis Melbourne March Sale recorded an excellent clearance rate of 90% at Oaklands Junction on Friday.
A total of 197 lots realised an aggregate of over $1.74 million with the highlights coming out of the Darley and Team Williams horses. Inglis director Peter Heagney said the March Sale reinforced the strength of the Victorian auction system with good competition by buyers from all states of Australia and New Zealand.
Redoute’s Choice stallion Wales shared top spot on the leader-board at $50,000. The Team Williams stakes winner was sold to a Queensland based client of Inglis.
Wales (5h Redoute’s Choice – Valkyrie Diva by Jade Robbery) was offered by Lloyd and Nick Williams under Hudson Conway Racing. He was last seen when well-beaten behind Boomwa in a Moonee Valley sprint in December.
Bred by Makybe owner Tony Santic, he was a $310,000 buy for Team Williams at the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale and that looked money well-spent when he won the LR Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) on debut at Caulfield in April 2012.
“He will only get better with racing,” winning jockey Steven King declared. “He just didn’t know what to do when he got to the front. Lloyd’s horses can be a bit new when they first get to the races but he’s a nice type.”
After an injury-enforced, two-year stretch on the sidelines, he resumed at Sandown in March last year and finished strongly down the outside to win the Catanach’s Jewellers Hcp (1400m).
Wales is by champion sire of sires Redoute’s Choice from a Group 3 winning half-sister to Makybe Diva. There are similarities with the Melbourne Cup legend – he’s a dark bay with a distinctive white star.
He was followed into the sale ring by stakes-placed gelding Practiced (Encosta de Lago) who equalled that price when purchased by Shane Morrissey.
Street Cry three year-old Torbay was top-priced among the Darley draft at $45,000. He was placed in a Kembla Grange maiden at his penultimate start in January.