The Inglis Melbourne yearling sale continued its record-breaking momentum on Wednesday when the Premier II average rocketed 43% to $45,701.
The 147 lots on offer at Oaklands grossed $6.71 million and the clearance rate rose 7 points to 88%.
New Premier II records were paid for the top priced colt and filly smashing the old marks set in 2011.
The Teofilo – Alynya colt (Lot 708) from Yarran Thoroughbreds topped the leader-board after Ciaron Maher beat Paul Moroney with a bid of $220,000. “He’s a lovely athletic horse and really uses himself,” said Maher. “There’s been strong competitive buying and the results are a good sign for Victorian racing and breeding.”
A daughter of Written Tycoon out of She’s A Knockout (Lot 672) set a new benchmark for Premier II fillies when selling for $130,000. Owner-breeder Justin Lovatt consigned the filly through Hollylodge Thoroughbreds and she received an update last month when her half-brother Burning Front won the G3 Carlyon Cup.
Next Level Bloodstock’s Eric Pipersberg secured the filly and she will be trained by Leon Corstens. “I was impressed by the physical attributes of the filly,” Pipersberg said. “She’s a beautiful mover and filled my eye.
“Burning Front beat Leon’s smart galloper Del Prado at Caulfield and that really resonated with me. Written Tycoon is hot right now so I don’t think we will have any trouble syndicating the filly.”
Competition from local, national and international buyers was fierce during the fourth and final day of Inglis Premier. A total of 41 lots sold for $60,000 or more against 12 last year.
Premier II has truly come of age and it now occupies a significant position within the Australasian sales calendar,” Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian said “Vendors and buyers recognised the value of the products on offer, and we are delighted to have been able to match these expectations and facilitate four wonderful days of trade.”