Victorian trainer Mick Kent led a diverse buying bench during Day 1 of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale on Sunday.
Kent secured the top priced lot of the opening session when paying $250,000 for Tyreel Stud’s Teofilo – San Cristobel colt. He is a half-brother to recent Melbourne winner Donna Madeira.
Peter Moody was next best on the leader-board when securing the $220,000 Written Tycoon – Soorena colt that was bred at Gilgai Farm. Moody purchased Gilgai-bred world-champion Black Caviar for $210,000 at the 2008 Inglis Premier Sale.
Spicer Thoroughbreds has also enjoyed great success buying from Premier, having purchased champion colt Starspangledbanner in 2008 for $120,000. Brad Spicer signed over $190,000 for the Commands – Royal Lineup colt from the draft of Yallambee Stud.
Local trainers had plenty of competition throughout the afternoon from interstate and overseas buyers from South Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu, who bought Group 1 sprinter Sacred Kingdom at Oaklands, finished Sunday as the leading buyer after spending $345,000 to secure colts by Thorn Park, Starcraft and Not A Single Doubt. Tyreel Stud finished the day as leading vendor by aggregate and average, selling 3 for $520,000.
“It was solid start to the sale with a similar average, median and clearance rate recorded to last year,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said. “There are plenty of attractive yearlings still to be offered and we look forward to the next three days of the sale, including the new Blue Riband Session.”
Day 1 turnover reached $5.89 million, the average price was $73,133, median $60,000 and clearance rate 74%. The Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale continues from 11am on Monday.