Local, interstate and overseas buyers spent over $13 million on 152 lots during Day 2 of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
Monday’s trade also featured the inaugural ‘Blue Riband’ Session which averaged $116,564 at an 85% clearance rate. “It was great to see so much competition on yearlings bred to excel over middle and staying distances,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said. “Athletic yearlings by both proven and young sires have been extremely popular.”
The overall average price after two sessions has risen to $80,888 which is a 5% increase on the corresponding figure at the end of Day 2 last year. The clearance rate so far is 75%.
Fastnet Rock has topped the last two Melbourne Premier Sales and Coolmore Stud’s super stallion is in the box seat to make it three in a row after his colt from Bird of Fire (NZ) made $450,000 on Monday. Esker Lodge sold him to Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock and McKeever Bloodstock.
Lindsay Park Euroa trainer David Hayes also snapped up two yearlings by Fastnet Rock; Coolmore Stud’s colt from Arborea (Lot 188) for $340,000 and Musk Creek Farm’s filly from Sarah Vee (Lot 176) for $300,000.
Hayes heads the buyers’ list having signed for 6 yearlings totalling $1.07 million. Other buyers to have purchased 5 or more yearlings over the past two days include Triple Crown Syndications, Ricky Yiu, Form Bloodstock, Mick Price, Heritage Bloodstock and McDonald Racing.
Three Bridges heads the vendors by aggregate having sold 14 yearlings for $1.40 million. Eliza Park, Supreme Thoroughbreds and Swettenham Stud have each also sold more than $1 million worth of yearlings at Oaklands over the last two days.
Day 3 of the Melbourne Premier Sale continues on Tuesday at Oaklands.