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Victorian Industry plays its part in record-breaking Inglis Easter Sale

The Riverside Complex in Warwick Farm played out to record-breaking scenes during the Inglis Easter Australian Yearling Sale, with the highly-touted Pierro x Winx filly selling for a staggering $10,000,000. Victoria’s thriving industry played a part in these record-breaking numbers, from a small proportion of the catalogue.


Victorian Vendors

From 42 Lots offered, 31 sold at an average price of $356,452. Of those sold, 19.35% were sold at $500,000 or more. Yulong were Victoria’s leading vendors, grossing $7,325,000 for their 19 lots sold.


This included the top Victorian-sold yearling at the sale: Lot 421, a filly by eight-time Champion Victorian Sire Written Tycoon, the first foal out of the G3 winning, G1-placed half-sister to G1 winner I Wish I Win, Another Dollar. The VOBIS eligible filly was purchased by Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock for $900,000. The Yulong draft also contained big-priced purchases:

●      Lot 98, a colt by Frankel, the first foal out of G3 winner Key, sold to Waterhouse/Bott, Kestrel Thoroughbreds & Mt Hallowell for $800,000.

Lot 98 Frankel x Key (Image: Inglis/Yulong)

●      Lot 432, a filly by Ocean Park, a full-sister to multiple G1 winner Tofane, out of the well-bred Galileo mare Baggy Green was purchased by Glentree Thoroughbreds & Badgers Bloodstock for $700,000.

●      Lot 101, a VOBIS eligible filly by Written Tycoon out of the G3 winner Kooweerup from the family of Tivaci, was bought by Sheamus Mills Bloodstock for $650,000.


Yulong were not the only Victorian powerhouse stud to make an impact. Rosemont Stud sold their VOBIS Silver-nominated Snitzel colt out of quality racemare and producer Bulbula, Lot 446, to Mick Price Racing & Breeding for $500,000. Longwood Thoroughbred Farm’s I Am Invincible filly, Lot 382, is heading to Matt Laurie’s stable for $450,000. Aristia Park, Sullivan Bloodstock and Gilgai Farm had yearlings sell for $325,000 and more.


Lot 446 Snitzel x Bulbula (Image: Inglis/Rosemont)

Victorian Stallions

The 49 yearlings by Victorian-based stallions sold with a clearance rate of 83.05% and averaged $348,367. Leading the way was Yulong’s superstar stallion, Written Tycoon, who has carried all before him in the two-year-old department this season, including siring the winner of the G1 Golden Slipper in Lady Of Camelot. His progeny were in high demand, with 23 lots selling at an average of $423,043, and he finished fifth by aggregate, with his progeny’s sales totalling $9,730,000. His top-selling yearling, Lot 346, was sold by Arrowfield Stud to China Horse Club, Newgate Farm, Go Bloodstock & Trilogy for a whopping $1,350,000. This VOBIS Silver-nominated and Platinum eligible colt was an outstanding physical with a pedigree to match, being a half-brother to triple G1 winning Champion Shoals, from the family of breed-shaping stallion and G1 winner Redoute’s Choice.


Lot 346 Written Tycoon x The Broken Shore (Image: Inglis/Arrowfield)

In-form Victorian sire Toronado also made a splash at the sales with a 100% clearance rate for his six yearlings, including a $600,000 purchase by Magus Equine for Lime Country Thoroughbreds’ colt, Lot 203, from the family of G1 winner The Mitigator.


Godolphin’s Street Boss, following on from the recent success of G2 winner and G1 Sires’ Produce second Traffic Warden, his top yearling, Lot 278, was consigned by Vinery Stud, and sold to Boomer Bloodstock for $575,000, a deserved price for a quality filly from a lovely family.


Victorian Buyers

Victorian-based buyers accounted for $32,815,000 (21.73%) of the total sale aggregate, picking up 95 horses: 19 at over $500,000 and 3 million dollar yearlings. The most expensive of these was the $1,800,000 Hilldene Farm gave to secure Lot 186 from Yarraman Park Stud. An impressive-looking filly, she is from the family of Redoute’s Choice and has considerable value as a breeding prospect, as well as looking like being able to do the business on the racetrack.


The partnership of Rosemont Stud and Suman Hedge was out in full force, picking up not one, but two million dollar yearlings: firstly paying $1,100,000 to secure Lot 413, North’s Snitzel colt from the family of G1 winner and multiple G1 placegetter Gallant Tess; and then $1,200,00 for Lot 462, an Extreme Choice colt from Newgate Farm with a deep page.

On the other end of the spectrum, it was fantastic to see up-and-coming Victorian trainers making nice purchases at the prestigious sale. Having just moved from Cranbourne to his new base in Ballarat, Dominic Sutton purchased Lot 217 with McKeever Bloodstock; a racey Blue Point colt from Lustre Lodge for $180,000.


The VOBIS scheme provides plenty of incentives to buyers, giving a clearance rate of 82.54% for VOBIS-nominated yearlings. To enjoy the benefits of the VOBIS Scheme, head to for more information and to nominate your yearlings.


As the major Australian yearling sales are now finished, we can look forward to seeing how they all progress on the racetrack, and as always, we wish all Victorian breeders, buyers and stallions the best of luck!

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Uluru Stud bred, raced and still part owned broodmare Summer Sham Colt by Zoustar sold for $1.55 million. Not bad for a boutique outfit.

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