Book Two Wraps Up Inglis Melbourne

The single session Book 2 wound up proceedings at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale on Wednesday with trade dropping down a gear in line with the perceived desirability of the yearlings on offer. Not everyone can operate at the upper echelons of the market however and no doubt from the 140 yearlings sold a number of high class runners will emerge. The number sold represented a clearance rate of 75%, quite a drop from last year’s figure of 85%. The other indicators also failed to maintain the gains made at last year’s successful sale with turnover falling 16% to A$5,512,000, average dropping 8% to A$39,371 and the median also dipping the same to A$35,000.

Speaking at the end of the sale Simon Vivian said, “I am happy with today’s aggregate but the clearance rate was a bit disappointing though the average held up fairly well. There’s been really good support from trainers and I am very happy that we had a really good buying bench.”

Topping the day’s trade was lot 659, a colt by Zoustar (Aus) purchased by Hawkes Racing from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft for A$150,000. “The first day we saw him we liked him, we thought he was good value,” Wayne Hawkes said of the colt, who is out of Belle Of The City (Aus) (Bel Esprit {Aus}) who has bred two winners to date from three foals of racing age. Luke Anderson of Maluka Thoroughbreds was delighted with the price and said, “It’s a brilliant result, a great price for the colt. He is a beautiful mover, really strong and he’s gone to a great home so he will have every opportunity.”

Four yearlings broke the six figure mark throughout the day and the first one to do so was lot 582, a colt by Street Boss. The bay, offered by Woodside Park Stud was knocked down to Andrew Noblet Racing for A$100,000. Soon after Hong Kong based Ric Wylie went to A$140,000 to acquire lot 596, a son of Starcraft (NZ) from Erinvale Thoroughbreds. John Foote was active as a purchaser throughout the week and he signed for seven lots on Wednesday, headed by lot 616, a colt by Epaulette (Aus) offered by Rushton Park, that cost A$110,000.

The next sale on the Inglis calendar is the Autumn Thoroughbred Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday March 18, a mixed sale for which 152 horses have been catalogued.