Group 3 winner Scarlet Billows (Street Boss) topped the broodmare session when knocked down to the bid fo $460,000 from Damon Gabbedy of Belmont Bloodstock at the 2017 Melbourne Great Southern Sale.

It was the highest price for a horse sold at the Great Southern Sale since Written Tycoon was sold for $625,000 as a stallion at the 2009 edition of the sale.

The Great Southern Sale broodmare session recorded 207 broodmares sold for an aggregate of $4,084,800, up from $2,700,000 in 2016.

Although the clearance percentage dropped, the average increased by a massive 46.5% to $19,733, up from $13,500 and the median of $6,000 was up from $5,500, a solid 9.1% rise.

“Scarlet Billows was a massive result and we’re so pleased for (her owner) John Richards of Galadi Holdings. We greatly appreciate his support and we’re thrilled with the result we were able to achieve for him,’’ Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian said.

Scarlett Billows the daughter of Darley’s Street Boss and dam Hushabye Baby was bred by Shepparton’s Fred Borg.

Gabbedy was acting for the Cable Bay Syndicate when purchasing the mare so she will have a date with the new Woodside Park based shuttler in 2017.

Gabbedy was very happy to secure the well-performed young mare.

“(The Cable Bay Syndicate) really likes the Street Boss-line mares. She is a good outcross and could go to any stallion down the track.”

She’s a tough, sound, Group-winning mare, who ticks all the boxes.’’

Scarlet Billows’ biggest success came in the Group 3 VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes during the Flemington spring carnival and was runner-up in the Listed Hareeba Stakes at Mornington.

A $20,000 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale purchase by Galadi Holdings from the Kristinvale Stables in 2012, Scarlet Billows is out of the winning Hussonet (Mr Prospector) mare Hushabye Baby, who has two foals to race, both winners.  The mare’s second dam is the Group 3 SAJC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Smytzer’s Rivalry (Made Of Gold).

Hushabye Baby’s yearling colt by Reward For Effort sold at this year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $75,000, and she returned to the Chatswood Stud stallion last season.

Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock also paid top dollar for the black-type winner, Lot 678 Golden Penny.  Purchased for $270,000 she was consigned by Supreme Thoroughbreds, in foal to Woodside Park Stud’s Written Tycoon.

“She is another tough race mare from South Australia who is by a very underrated sire in Blevic who is doing a really good job as a broodmare sire and we think the Written Tycoon mating is a very good one physically,” Gabbedy said.

“Written Tycoon is flying at the moment and with what his yearlings and weanlings are selling for she was great value.”

With the sale going from strength to strength, and the quality of broodmares improving each year, the Melbourne Inglis Great Southern Sale will be a happy hunting ground for buyers, and a profitable sale for vendors in the future.

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