A striking Fighting Sun colt took individual honours on top of across-the-board records at Sunday’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.
The Fighting Sun – Sinuous colt offered by Werribee vendor Harvey Park was purchased by Sydney agent Anton Koolman for $110,000. It was a record for the VOBIS Sale.
Anton’s son Oliver declared the colt from the first crop of Sun Stud sire Fighting Sun was a standout. “I was lucky. I came here to buy a horse and found one,” he said. “I was actually here looking for a trade horse but we’re going to race him.”
Condensed to one session for the first time since its inception in 2013, the VOBIS Sale average increased 33% to $22,593 while the clearance rate finished at an very healthy 88%.
Only Super VOBIS qualified horses were catalogued for the Sale. “There’s really no doubting this is the best-ever edition of the Inglis VOBIS Sale,” Inglis Victorian manager Simon Vivian said. “There was plenty of positive and aggressive bidding and the atmosphere was right up there with a Premier Sale.
“The support of the buyers was extraordinary and vendors produced extremely healthy and well-prepared yearlings. The combination of those two things led to a fantastic overall sale.”
Blue Gum Farm sold 14 of its 15 lots to lead the aggregate at $453,000 while Harvey Park was leader by average with three lots at $67,000.
The leading stallion by aggregate was First Season Sire Kuroshio ($289,000) and by average for three or more sold was Fighting Sun at $48,000.