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Victorian farms lead the way at Premier

As another Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale goes by, we have once again seen Victorian farms lead the way across both book one and book two.

One of the most decadent studs in Australia, Blue Gum Farm, once again topped book one as the leading vendor selling 28 of their 29 lots offered for $4,620,000, while Hollylodge Thoroughbreds led all comers in book two that saw an average price of almost $40,000.

This result meant that Blue Gum has claimed the top vendor spot in book one at four of the last five Inglis Melbourne Premier Sales.

The farm was recently bought out by Trilogy Racing, and Sean Dingwall said that he was incredibly proud of how the farm performed at the sale.

“It was certainly not expected, especially when you are up against the likes of Yulong and Widden,” Dingwall said.

“It shows that we had a very even draft of horses and they sold very well.”

Patti and Phil Campbell from Blue Gum Farm were also awarded the Service to the Industry award from Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and Inglis for their efforts in the Victorian breeding industry, an emotional moment for the legendary Victorian couple.

One of the clear highlights of Inglis Melbourne Premier was the sale of lot 159, stunning filly from bred and sold by Noorilim Park from the incredible family of Diamond Lover, sold to Tony Fung Investments for $1.1 million.

The highest priced filly to ever have been sold through the Melbourne Premier ring, this certainly gave Noorilim Park’s Chris Kent great satisfaction and an immense sense of pride in his team.

“Coming down here, we knew we had a nice filly,” Kent said.

“To get $1.1 million for her is unbelievable.

“The staff back home, the staff here, they have just done a fantastic job and I am very proud of all of them”

Aushorse and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria hosted a Melbourne Premier Sale tour with approximately 30 people attending.

Guests were treated to a tour from leading trainer Natalie Young and bloodstock agent Damon Gabbedy, learning what to look for when inspecting horses before being treated to a morning tea during the sale.

Aushorse’s Tom Reilly said that these events are all about helping people understand the inner-working of this bloodstock side of the industry and to introduce new people.

“We are always trying to get new people to the sale, get them to understand it and give them the confidence to then invest,” Reilly said.

“In 2023, we have done events in [Magic Millions} Tasmania, at the [Inglis] Classic Sale, [Magic Millions] Perth at their sale and here in [Inglis] Melbourne.

“We have actually had over 200 people attend these events, a really great turn out.”

TBV President James O’Brien said of the sale, “Seeing a $1.1 million filly make history was just amazing and given she was sold via a Victorian farm was the cherry on top,”

“A big congratulations goes to Blue Gum Farm for topping the sale once again and of course Phil and Patti (Campbell) who were presented with their Service to the Industry award.

“As for our events, Aushorse continues to showcase this industry with their sale tours and the trivia night that we ran earlier in the week is something that we want to continue to do, ensuring that everyone is simply loving their time at the sales.”

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