The 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale reached great heights through three tremendous days of selling at Newmarket this week, as the Session I statistics hit seven year highs and Session II set more records.
“As stated throughout the Inglis Easter marketing campaign a lot goes into realising a champion, but it is thanks our skilful breeders and vendors that some are certainly born great. We are delighted that sale ring greatness was achieved here this week,” said Inglis’ Managing Director Mark Webster.
“The strength of the buying bench and the catalogue assembled has resulted in a Session I gross over $100 million and record results from the growing second Session,” Webster said.
350 yearlings from Session I have been sold at an average of $291,743 and median of $200,000, all at a clearance rate of 83%.
Session II didn’t disappoint either setting new record average and gross since being introduced in 2009. 96 lots were sold today an average of $94,641, resulting in the record gross of $9,085,500.
The two highest prices on Day Three of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale were achieved by fillies.
Lot 437, a sister to Group 1 placed two-year-old Lake Geneva from the draft of Coolmore Stud sold for $1,000,000. The filly by Fastnet Rock out of the Stravinsky mare Hips Don’t Lie was secured by Victorian trainer John Sadler.
Lot 409 from the Newgate Farm draft was secured by Angus Gold on behalf of Shadwell Stud for $920,000. The Redoute’s Choice filly is out of the well-related Group 1 placed mare Fleur De’here.
Shadwell Stud also secured the highest priced yearling in Session II, paying $500,000 for Lot 504 (Snitzel x Appear) from Newhaven Park.
Along with Lot 409 and 504, Shadwell Stud were the busiest individual buyer at Easter for the third consecutive year, purchasing 19 Lots for a total outlay of $6,615,000 across the three days of selling.
While Shadwell were the leading individual buyer, the China Horse Club bought 21 horses with various partners for $9,125,000, and Gai Waterhouse signed for 23 yearlings for $6,545,000 in conjunction with different Australian and international entities (1 with BBA Ireland, 1 with Coolmore and Stonestreet Stables, 1 with First Light Racing, and 16 with Julian Blaxland).
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum purchased four lots for $5,015,000, while other buyers to spend $2,000,000 or more were Coolmore Australia (4 for $3,850,000), James Harron Bloodstock (7 for $3,640,000), Asian Bloodstock Services (6 for $2,720,000), George Moore Bloodstock (5 for $3,035,000), Vinery Stud (6 for $2,340,000), John Foote Bloodstock (7 for $2,185,000), Hong Kong Jockey Club (5 for $2,050,000) and Hawkes Racing (8 for $2,105,000).
The leading sire by average and aggregate was Fastnet Rock, accumulating a total of $22,410,000 for 47 yearlings, selling at an average price of $476,809.
Next by average (3 or more sold in Session One) were Street Cry (8 at $451,875), Medaglia d’Oro (7 at $425,714), Sepoy (11 at $379,091), Snitzel (31 at $378,710), Redoute’s Choice (25 at $366,400) and More Than Ready (21 at $325,000).
Arrowfield Stud finished the sale leading the list of vendors, having sold 28 yearlings across both Sessions for $10,695,000.
Coolmore Stud (26 sold for $9,640,000), Segenhoe Stud (14 for $7,770,000), Yarraman Park (22 for $5,755,000), Kitchwin Hills (20 for $5,695,000) and Widden Stud (33 for $5,170,000) round out the top six vendors by aggregate.
Milburn Creek, Tyreel Stud and Segenhoe Stud finished Session I as the leading vendors by average (3 or more sold), recording averages of $679,167, $601,667 and $555,000 respectively.