Easter Sale figures comparable to 2011

The average and median prices headed upwards on Day 2 of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. The average ($238,583) and median ($180,000) were comparable to last year’s overall figures.

“The Redoute’s Choice – Helsinge filly was the jewel in the crown at $2.60 million, but Wednesday’s session was strong throughout,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said.

“On the back of Pierro’s win in the Golden Slipper, it was certainly pleasing to see his sire Lonhro being recognised at the Easter Sale,” Webster added. “Two of his colts topped half a million to George Moore and James Bester.”

They might have been the under bidders on Black Caviar’s half-sister but buyers from Japan were not deterred taking home six yearlings for $1,435,000.

Buyers from Hong Kong were also strong, purchasing seven lots for $2,085,000, while UK agent David Redvers added another two fillies to the three he purchased on Tuesday for Melbourne Cup winning owner Sheikh Fahad al Thani of Qatar.

James Bester also had a successful day, purchasing three lots for $340,000, $510,000 and $600,000.

Coolmore Stud head the vendors list after two days having sold 21 lots for just over $5 million, while Yarraman Park Stud, Edinglassie Stud and Kia-Ora Stud have all managed a 100% clearance rate so far, netting $7,892,500 for the 32 they have sold between the trio of Hunter Valley operations.

The sale continues from 11am on Thursday with the remaining Session 1 yearlings to be offered as Lots 381 to 451, before the Session 2 offerings from Lot 452 to 579.