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Burnewang light up Great Southern Sale ring


Burnewang's Frankel filly, lot 64. Inglis


Burnewang North Pastoral lit up the Great Southern Sale ring last week, selling 11 of their 13 weanlings, including lot 64, the record-breaking Frankel filly who is closely related to champion European galloper Vadeni.


She sold for $825,000 to James Mitchell of Mitchell Bloodstock who bought on behalf of his Victorian client Stephen Spiteri, a whopping $465,000 more than the previous sale topping record held by a Zoustar colt who sold for $360,000.


"I thought we'd be paying between $500,000 and $600,000, so Stephen made the call at the end of the day – I was just doing the bidding – but he was thrilled to have bought her," Mitchell said.


"Stephen has loved her from the minute he saw her and I thought we were out about two or three times, but he stuck to his guns and had that one last bid, which I didn't think we were having.


"It's a great thrill for Stephen and I'm sure he'll have a lot of fun with the filly."


Burnewang’s 11 weanlings sold for an aggregate of more than $2.4 million and a sale topping average of $223,182, a huge feat for the farm.


On a buying front, it was Mitchell Bloodstock who led the way with five purchases for an aggregate of $1,555,000, while Yulong showed their hand once again with four purchases with an aggregate of $977,000, and a top purchase price of $475,000, a Frankel filly from Darren Dance’s Esker Lodge.


“This Frankel filly, she’s a very straight forward weanling, a lovely type, she was so popular during the week, everybody who looked at her loved her and she sold accordingly.” Dance said.


“Obviously Mr Zhang loves Frankel, he’s a great stallion and the cross with this filly is fantastic as well, being out of a Dubawi mare,’’ Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray said.


Day Two saw 44 broodmares offered late in the day, topped by stakes-placed mare Veranskova from Alderson Racing. The mare is now in the care of Peter Collier, having been purchased on his behalf by Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $510,000.


“She’s a lovely strong mare, classy and was purchased for Peter Collier who is an existing long-term client and good friend,’’ Williams said.


“I thought she fitted in the four-to-five hundred [thousand dollars] range so we had to go a bit further than planned but we’re thrilled to have got her.”


Fellow Victorian farm Rushton Park sent 13 mares through the ring, selling 11 for an aggregate of more than $540,000 with an average price of almost $50,000, well over the median price for the sale.


Well done to Inglis and all Victorian buyers and vendors on what was a successful Great Southern Sale.

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