At Trentham in New Zealand, Brighthill Farm's blue blooded stallion Dalghar (Anabaa-Daltawa, by Miswaki) - a half-brother to 7-time Gr1 winning champion Daylami and 4-time Gr1-winning former shuttler Dalakhani - added a Group race success when 3YO New Zealand-bred gelding Scott Base (Dalghar-Extra Celestial, by Danehill Dancer) rallied strongly late to stick his head out right on the line to win in a deceptive finish in the $100,000 Gr2 Wellington Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Paulownia & The Great Southern. A $70,000 purchase at the 2016 NZB Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Brighthill Farm, Scott Base improved his record to 4 wins (including the Listed (R) Karaka Million 3YO Classic) and 3 placings (including the Listed CJC Canterbury Stakes) from 12 starts for NZ$645,750 in earnings. Scott Base hails from the family of Gr1 Randwick Guineas & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Hotel Grand and Gr1 TJ Smith Classic (now JJ Atkins Stakes) winner Outbreak Prince. "He took that little 50 metres to wind up, but for him to bullock his way through and get that run, he's a bit special," co-trainer Johno Benner told NZ Racing Desk. "He is lethal at the 1400m and he has proved that today." Brenner would not be drawn on immediate plans for Scott Base but nominated the Cox Plate as a long term target in the spring.
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Vinery Stud's champion shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Spring Heat (More Than Ready-Emaurismo, by Redoute's Choice) unleashed a devastating sprint to outclass his rivals in the $70,000 Gr3 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Xbox & The Great Southern. Racing in the green and red livery of Hermitage Thoroughbreds, Spring Heat improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $50,250 in earnings. A $240,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Sledmere Stud, Spring Heat is out of the unraced mare Emaurismo and hails from the family of Gr2 ATC Pago Pago Stakes winner Deferential and Gr2 ATC Silver Shadow Stakes winner Katima.
The record price for a Victorian-sold weanling was equalled just 24 hours after the mark was set to cap a strong second day of the 2017 Melbourne Great Southern Sale at Oaklands. On the final day of the select weanlings catalogue, the $310,000 price tag was hit for a second consecutive day when Newgate Farm and China Horse Club teamed up to buy Lot 383, a Written Tycoon x Many Facets colt consigned by Bombora Downs as agent for breeder Lynn Alderson. The colt hails from the family of Gr1 winners My Brilliant Star, Shot of Thunder and Surdurka. The top Lots helped the select weanling sale’s aggregate to a strong $8,838,250 with an improving clearance rate of 76%. For Christoph Bruechert of Bombora Downs, it was the farm’s second-best result ever, behind only a $350,000 Written Tycoon colt it offered at this year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. “I don’t generally get a lot of feedback but I had a lot of people telling me the past few days that this is the nicest horse they’ve seen here, or one of the best they’ve seen anywhere this year,” he said. Burnewang North claimed leading vendor honours, selling all 12 of their offerings for an aggregate of $747,500, while Milburn Creek ended with the highest average of $77,857 – also with a 100% clearance rate - from their seven sales. The leading buyer by number of purchases was Sheamus Mills Bloodstock with nine, and the biggest buyer by average was Randwick Bloodstock Agency with seven Lots at $67,929. Victorian stallion Written Tycoon was a clear leading sire, topping both the aggregate ($1,090,000) and average price ($155,714) for three or more sales. Day 3 of the Great Southern Sale starts at 10am today where 316 broodmares and one stallion have been catalogued.
117 supplementary entries have been added to the 2016 Inglis Great Southern Sale (19th -22nd June), taking the total number of lots to be offered at the four day auction to an extensive 904. 416 weanlings will be offered across the first two days of the sale, Sunday 19 and Monday 20 June, including a Pierro weanling colt from Call Me Pretty in the supplementary entries. The colt is a half-brother to stakes winners Born To Rock and Prettyhappyaboutit, and will be offered by Erinvale Thoroughbreds. Other supplementary weanlings to be sold include the progeny of Epaulette, Equiano, Exceedingly Good, Kuroshio, Polanski, Starspangledbanner, Testa Rossa and Written Tycoon. Broodmares will be sold from 10:00am on Day Three of the sale, Tuesday 21 June. 29 supplementary mares take the total broodmares to be offered that day to an immense 285. Supplementary Broodmares include mares in foal to Choisir, Deep Field, Dissident, Reward For Effort, Star Witness, Stratum, The Factor, Toorak Toff and Wandjina. Stallions Astronomer Royal and Witherwings will be offered immediately after the supplementary broodmares, followed by two stallion shares in Stratum. The fourth and final day of the Great Southern Sale is packed with Yearlings, Unbroken Stock, Race Fillies and Mares, plus Race Colts and Geldings. All four days of the sale start at 10:00am. Click here to view the online catalogue.
The annual Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne will play host to the weanling progeny of over 100 individual sires. Representing the largest weanling catalogue in the Southern Hemisphere, where over 400 weanlings are set to go under the hammer, the Great Southern Sale will also include 93 weanlings by 18 individual stallions' whose progeny will be showcased to the buying bench. Ten of those sires are Gr1 winners, including Declaration Of War, Shamus Award, Zoustar, The Factor, Sizzling, Epaulette, Dundeel and Unencumbered. The sale will be held from 19-22 June inclusive.
Entries to Victoria's major breeding stock sale, the 2016 Inglis Great Southern Sale, are closing at 5pm today, Friday 22 April. "The Great Southern Sale, on 19, 20 and 21 June in Melbourne, is an outstanding opportunity for owners and vendors to trade their breeding stock, and as part of Inglis' ongoing support of breeders and vendors in Victoria, we are delighted to offer new incentives in 2016." said Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian, who also noted: "Any proceeds of a horse's sale price in excess of $100,000 will be commission-free, and travel rebates of up to $10,000 are available to farms with three or more horses in their draft."
A weanling colt from the first crop of Fastnet Rock's Gr1-winning son Foxwedge from the family of Snippets topped the opening day of the Inglis Melbourne Great Southern Sale on Sunday when selling for $175,000. Attractive colts and fillies from a wide range of proven and exciting young sires were well received by a competitive buying bench throughout the day. A strong clearance rate of 85% saw 149 weanlings sell at an average price of $14,884 – a 33 per cent increase on Day 1 in 2013 and a massive 61 per cent higher than 2012. "We are seeing a very strong market for weanlings. There was good competition from both the domestic and New Zealand buyers in attendance, particularly on the better quality types," said Peter Heagney, Inglis Director. A long term client of Inglis' from Queensland purchased the top priced weanling (Lot 63), a colt by Foxwedge from Ekleel, for $175,000 from the draft of Donnybrook Estates. They also secured the top priced filly for $78,000, a weanling by first season sire Helmet from Lindy Lets Go that was sold by Supreme Thoroughbreds as Lot 127. Other first season sires represented with weanlings at the Great Southern Sale include Moshe (sold up to $54,000), Toorak Toff (to $50,000), Master Of Design (to $35,000) and Skilled (to $26,000).
Following Day-1 of the Inglis Great Southern Sale, statistical rises across all key barometers from the corresponding 2012 figures were driven by more fervent participation from both local and international buyers. The gross of $1,558,050 showed a 17 per cent rise from the 2012 mark of $1,334,400, the average rose from $9,203 to $11,129 (up 21 per cent), while the median jumped by 43 per cent from $3,500 to $5,000. 78 per cent sold against 76 per cent in 2012. Inglis Melbourne director Peter Heagney commented, "Pinhookers from New Zealand have been particularly strong at the top of the market, while it has also been great to see plenty of Australian trainers getting involved in purchasing weanlings." The Great Southern Sale continues today with a further 101 weanlings catalogued for sale.
Mount Barker's Frost Park racecourse is set to really embrace the festive season this Sunday when fine wine, fashion and the Great Southern's richest race, the $90,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint (1000m) combine in what is touted as the biggest event on the Mount Barker Turf Club's calendar. The carnival setting features wine tasting from the region's leading producers, various gourmet food options and fashions on the field. Plus some racing! A quality 9-race card is programmed and Mt Barker Grapes & Gallops chairperson Kim Tyrer enthused, "It is a fantastic community event with the atmosphere of a good old-fashioned country race day… Get dressed up, find a fabulous hat, come along and try a glass of award-winning wine, some delicious gourmet food and enjoy a great day of country horse racing."
Champions, the Australian Racing Museum & Hall-Of-Fame will move from its current location at Melbourne's Federation Square to become part of an extension to the National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (subject to a feasibility study for the refurbishment of the Great Southern Stand). Museum chair Barbara Saunders said: "The move to the NSM will be a staged process, commencing with the inclusion of a display into the existing NSM gallery in March 2009." However the ARM will remain at Federation Square until 2010; it officially opened in 1981 at Caulfield racecourse & moved to the current Federation Square site in 2004.
Overall during the Inglis Melbourne sale, 345 lots sold for $4,509,250 at an average $13,070 & a median $3,500. The clearance rate was 92.5%. Inglis director Peter Heagney summed up: "This was an exceptionally strong sale & certainly stronger than we could have anticipated. We had a brilliant response from vendors, which forced us to extend it over 2 days & that format has worked very well. This follows on from the success of the Great Southern Sale & it means vendors & buyers now have 2 great opportunities in Victoria to trade stock before the beginning of the breeding season."
The 2-day Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale begins on Sunday (May 11) in Melbourne & offers a 360-lot catalogue including progeny by 1st-season stallions Danbird (7), Delzao (6), Denon (7), Elvstroem (3), Kempinsky (3) & Refuse To Bend (4). Inglis director Peter Heagney noted an extra incentive for buyers this year: all graduates of this year's sale are eligible for a $100,000 2YO race to be run in Melbourne's autumn next year, restricted to graduates of this sale. The Great Southern Sale will follow on Thursday commencing with weanlings (May 15-16) & concluding with general bloodstock on May 18-19.
At their Oaklands property near Melbourne last Friday, Inglis' Great Southern Sale concluded with "a record overall sale gross of $11,915,000" after a pleasing clearance rate of 92% was achieved. Peter Heagney, William Inglis & Son Director, and manager of the company's Victorian division, commented: "The Great Southern Sale scaled new heights this year, firmly establishing its position within the Australia Bloodstock Calendar. The weanling section of the sale signified the strength of the current market place, while the thoroughbred section of the sale, highlighted by 11 lots selling for over $100,000, was indicative of the quality supplied by vendors." Almost twice as many lots sold for over $100,000 this year than compared to last year.
Eliza Park will stage a "massive reduction" as part of the Inglis Great Southern Sale at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne on June 24-29. Eliza Park general manager Shane McGrath explained: "The purpose of this reduction is 3-fold. First, it frees up some of the traffic at our 3 divisions & our focus on the preservation of these properties is paramount, particularly coming into what is again going to be a very busy breeding season. Second, we feel the Great Southern Sale warrants the support of Victorian farms. And finally, it's a wonderful opportunity for Eliza Park to showcase its weanling talent & disperse some outstanding breeding stock." The weanling section (which commences on Sunday 24 June) features 47 Eliza Park youngsters including 7 by Bel Esprit, 7 by Danbird, 6 by Desert Sun, 5 by Clangalang & a Black Hawk, plus weanlings by Grandera, Happy Giggle, Iglesia, Jeune, Lion Heart, Lucky Owners, Magic Albert, Niello, Not a Single Doubt, Octagonal, Planchet, Reenact, Rubiton, Show a Heart, Strategic, Testa Rossa and Umatilla. McGrath declared: "I can assure you it will be pin-hookers heaven out there on the Sunday & Monday!" The Eliza Park sale continues on the Wednesday with 52 broodmares up for grabs, followed by 5 racing stock on the Friday. McGrath noted: "An important feature of our broodmares (which include Hurry Up Dear, dam of stakes-winners Ebony Night & Hurry Upel) is that many are in-foal to Eliza Park stallions &, as such, are subject to an added bonus for potential buyers. If the mare is in-foal to an Eliza Park stallion & fails to produce a live foal, a free return will be provided based on that stallion residing at Eliza Park in the 2007 breeding season."
Victoria's Inglis June Weanling & Thoroughbred Sale (commencing on Sunday 24 June in Melbourne) has been re-named the Great Southern Sale (offering weanlings, broodmares, yearlings, unbroken stock & racehorses) & commission has been waived on any lots sold for $100,000 or more. Inglis director Peter Heagney commented: "The Great Southern Sale presents an ideal opportunity, in terms of timing & venue, for owners to sell their prized race fillies or race mares. Late June is really an in-between period as far as our racing carnivals are concerned & the zero commission is a tremendous incentive for owners wishing to utilise an auction that attracts such a solid buying bench. It's also well worth remembering there is no pass-in commission on weanlings & broodmares. And the most encouraging aspect of the Great Southern Sale is its growth in recent years: in 2003 the sale was conducted over 3 days, while last year it ended up being 5-days. From the feedback I'm already getting, don't be surprised to see it stretch to 5 days again this year."