The Group placed three year old colt Nordic Empire topped the Inglis December Sale in Melbourne on Friday when he was sold for $260,000 to dissolve a partnership.
Inglis acted as agent on behalf of a Victorian client who indicated the horse would continue to be trained by his current trainer Mick Price.
Nordic Empire has won at Caulfield and Moonee Valley and was second to Chivalry in the Gr3 McNeil Stakes.
The racehorse section of the catalogue provided the highlights for the day although there was also good competition for the better credentialed lots in the broodmare section.
Verkko, a winning Flying Spur mare with a colt foal at foot by Written Tycoon and back in foal to that stallion, topped this section when selling to Inglis NSW as agent for $50,000.
The reduction of horses from the Darley stable again created high interest.
Important, a three-year-old by Denman which had raced once, was purchased by South Australian trainer John MacMillan for $90,000 and Faraja was another Darley galloper sought after by buyers before eventually being knocked down to Luke Oliver for $54,000.
Two race fillies which created good interest were Novel Idea, sold by Contract Racing and also purchased by John MacMillan for $40,000, and the Group placed filly Singularity in the supplementary section sold to Western Australian buyer Alan Olive for $75,000.
“The results today again showed the strength of the Victorian racing scene with good competition for all classes of racehorses. However it was equally as satisfying to see horses sold to all states of Australia and Singapore, reflecting how strong the auction system is in Victoria.
“We have consistently had clearances of over 90% throughout the year which shows the vendor satisfaction with the sales we have conducted” said Inglis Victorian Director Peter Heagney.
Overall 205 lots were catalogued for a gross of $1,604,100 ,an average of $10,349 and a clearance of 93%.
The next sale to be conducted by Inglis will be the Classic Yearling Sale in Sydney on 8 to 10 February 2015 before the action moves back to Melbourne for the Premier Yearling Sale on 1 to 4 March.