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Crawford buys Top yearling at Inglis

South African buyers active at Inglis Premier Yearling Sale

Broad Investment at Inglis Premier Day One –  A diverse buying bench purchased 112 yearlings for $10,581,000 on the opening day of the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne.

Buyers from Victoria snapped up over half the lots sold, but had healthy competition from interstate buyers (28 lots) and overseas guests (27 lots).

“It is very satisfying to see the diversity of buyers who assisted our Day One average to increase 20%, and especially pleasing was a 33% increase in today’s median price,” commented Inglis Victorian Director, Peter Heagney.

Top lot, the Snitzel filly went to Brett CrawfordTop lot, the Snitzel filly went to Brett Crawford

Topping the session early in the day was Lot 44, a classy Snitzel filly which sold for $560,000 to multiple Group 1-winning South African trainer Brett Crawford.

The support from South African buyers continued throughout the day, including the purchase of Lot 67, a filly by hot freshman sire Foxwedge from Carlton Show. Bred and sold by Supreme Thoroughbreds, the filly sold to Champion South African trainer Joey Ramsden for $340,000.

Another active SA based buy included two yearlings, a colt ($150.000) and filly ($85.000) by New Approach which was secured by Form Bloodstock.

Of SA interest was the High Chaparral colt out of the multiple Gr1 winning SA Bred Dane Julia which sold for $100.000.

The Yallambee Stud offering was sold for only $10,000 less than the record price for a filly set at the 2006 edition of Inglis Premier. Yallambee Stud finished Day One as leading vendor having sold 10 Lots for $1,550,000.

Supreme Thoroughbreds averaged $186,667 for their three Lots sold, which in addition to Lot 67 were Lot 41 by Medaglia d’Oro from Bella Brocco sold to Gai Waterhouse, and Lot 53 by Reward For Effort from Bouchette sold to Aquanita Racing.

The four yearlings by Foxwedge that sold on Day One averaged $190,000, an incredible return on his 2012 service fee of $33,000. Other highly anticipated freshman sires represented on Day One of Inglis Premier included Sepoy ($165,000 avg), Pour Moi ($123,500), Smart Missile ($113,333) and Helmet ($85,000).

Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu leads the buyers’ table having spent $680,000 on three colts, by the sires Not A Single Doubt, Foxwedge and Sepoy. Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds bought five for $645,000, including $260,000 for the half-sister by Bel Esprit to Group 2 winner Arinosa from the Swettenham Stud draft.

Complete vendor, buyer and sire statistics for today’s session can be viewed at inglis.com.au

Day Two of the auction starts Monday with Lots 161 to 392 to be offered, including the Blue Riband Session that will cover Lots 221 to 273.

All yearlings offered at the sale are eligible for entry into the $5-million Inglis Race Series covering their 2YO, 3YO and 4YO racing seasons. For more information go to inglis.com.au/races