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Best of Victoria on offer at Inglis Premier

Buyers will be jostling for the best produce Victoria has to offer when the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale gets underway in Melbourne in less than a week's time.

Adding to the appeal of the catalogue, is that 440 lots on offer at Oaklands Junction are eligible to race for an incredible $7.5 million worth of VOBIS Sires vouchers, making it an unmissable sale for those chasing the lucrative bonus opportunities on offer. These races include both The $1 million Showdown and $500,000 VOBIS Sires Guineas, two races exclusive to the progeny of VOBIS Sires.

Almost $800,000 has been won in VOBIS Sires vouchers this season alone, which means the winners of these can cash in at this sale given that vouchers can be used when purchasing a VOBIS Sired yearling, of which there are many on offer.

The three-day auction, which will be staged between March 5-7, features yearlings by the very best stallions in Victoria, including Written Tycoon (23 lots), VOBIS Sires Toronado (32), Shamus Award (26) and Brazen Beau (18), as well as in-demand first season sires Alabama Express (20 lots), Darley shuttler Blue Point, who stands at Northwood Park, Leneva Park’s Royal Meeting (Invincible Spirit) and Rosemont newcomer Strasbourg (I Am Invincible).

The Premier yearling sale has delivered no less than 22 individual Group 1 winners since 2018, with notable graduates including Guineas winners and VOBIS Sires horses Ole Kirk and Lunar Fox and Manikato Stakes winner Bella Nipotina.

Masked Crusader and the Burnewang North-bred Lombardo are both Group 1-winning and VOBIS Sires-eligible graduates of the 2018 Premier sale, while Gytrash is a graduate of the 2017 sale.

Of those 22 Group 1 winners, 12 were purchased for $100,000 or less, with the Premier sale establishing itself as one of the major sales for acquiring elite-level value.

Two of Australia’s greatest ever sprinters are also graduates of the Premier sale, with Black Caviar and Nature Strip both having sold at Premier.

More recent black type winners include last month’s Expressway Stakes winner Mariamia, an $18,000 yearling buy from the 2018 Premier sale who was subsequently sold for $335,000 online last year, and Group 3 winner Rich Hips, who was sold by Woodside Park for $130,000 in 2018.

This year’s drafts include strong representation from a new-look Blue Gum Farm, who have 32 yearlings on offer, while Nagambie-based farm Yulong will offer the largest consignment, with 44 lots set to go through the Premier ring.

Gilgai Farm will offer all 12 of their 2023 yearlings on offer at the Inglis Premier sale this year, while Maluka Thoroughbreds, Rosemont and Widden Victoria all possess strong drafts.

The Premier sale is one of the fastest-growing sales, with turnover having risen 58 per cent over the last two years, as demand for Victoria’s best has never been stronger.

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