Led by a big contingent of South Africans, the international buying bench has been very strong during the opening two sessions of the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Internationals splurged $1,426,000 on 19 lots during the first session and yesterday secured another 25 lots for $1,604,000, bringing the sale total for internationals to $3,030,000.
In addition to South Africa, other countries to have success at Premier so far have been Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore and Japan.
Obviously buoyed by the success of their current flagbearer Igugu, a $65,000 purchase out of the Oaklands ring sold in South Africa by Summerhill Stud on the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, that country has had a huge presence during the opening two sessions.
Buyers from South Africa to date have included Heritage Bloodstock, World Wide Bloodstock, Livestock Traders, Summerhill Sales, Form Bloodstock and Mayfair Speculators, who added to Encosta De Lago, Danehill Dancer and Hussonet colts bought on day 1 with a $140,000 Street Sense colt yesterday.
Heritage Bloodstock secured a Flying Spur colt and Stratum filly yesterday, while Form Bloodstock picked up a Hussonet filly.
World Wide Bloodstock went to $45,000 for a Duke Of Marmalade colt on day 2 after securing a Tale Of The Cat filly during the opening session.
Korean Bloodstock are a welcome presence at this year’s sale and yesterday their purchases included a Reset filly and colts by Elvstroem and Mutawaajid.
Renowned international buyer Demi O’Byrne has made his way to Oaklands this year and on day one he went to $100,000 to secure a colt by Coolmore stallion Duke Of Marmalade.
On day two Demi O’Byrne secured the top lot (lot 408) for the sale, a Fastnet Rock colt out of Bellevue Lady. This is a record price for the Premier sale at $500,000 and a positive finish to the day.
Fellow Irishman Dermot Farrington was the successful bidder on a bargain $22,500 Encosta De Lago filly yesterday. New Zealand buyers included Dean Hawthorne, Beamish Bloodstock, Lyndhurst Farm, Mark Treweek, Tony Pike, Warren Bolton and Paul Willetts.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club picked up a not A Single Doubt colt for $120,000 yesterday, while Kin Shan Yeung led the Hong Kong charge on day one with $200,000 for a Bernardini colt.Extract from ANZ Bloodstock News