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Inglis Classic Firmly in Spotlight
Australia’s fastest growing yearling sale - The Inglis Classic – has become the focus of buyers as the inaugural Gold Riband session takes centre stage on opening night. Over three days starting at 6pm on Saturday, 11 February, 600 Lots will be offered as buyers search for the next Extreme Choice, Yankee Rose or I Am A Star – all 2015 Classic graduates – or She Will Reign, the early 2016 star attraction. The exclusive Gold Riband has been introduced as a session for select yearlings with the pedigree and conformation to exceed in the elite 2YO races. “We introduced the Blue Riband at our Premier Sale in Melbourne four years ago, specifically for staying types, and our vendors and buyers love the concept so with the Gold Riband being for precocious two-year-olds, we’re boisterous this will be the next big thing,’’ Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said. Between 2014 and 2016 alone, the sale gross has more than doubled to over $27,000,000, with the average jumping almost 40% to more than $57,000. Popular third-season sire Smart Missile tops this year’s Classic stallion list with 30 progeny entered, ahead of Epaulette and 2006 Classic graduate I Am Invincible with 28 apiece. The catalogue consists of 43 relations to Stakes winners, 42 relations to Stakes placegetters, 58 yearlings from Stakes-winning mares and 52 from Stakes-placed mares. Click here to view the online catalogue.