Sun shines on Melbourne Premier Sale

Inglis Director Peter Heagney is brimming with confidence ahead of the Melbourne Premier Sale.

There’s a positive vibe around the Oaklands sale grounds just 48 hours before the auction gets underway this Sunday.  And, after a wet week, the sale grounds were bathed in sunshine as inspections gathered pace on Friday morning.

Heagney confirmed numerous off-shore buyers have arrived in Melbourne including groups from South Africa, China and Singapore.  “Any buyer worth his salt is here,” Heagney said.  “And the quality of the yearlings presented to us during the on-farm inspections has been fantastic.”

The Fastnet Rock numbers are down, however, Heagney believes that’s been balanced out by the overall rise in quality.  “Not having more Fastnets is disappointing but that’s been compensated in other areas.  There are substantial drafts by Exceed And Excel, Encosta de Lago and young sires like New Approach and Wanted.”

The Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonus schemes are an added attraction for local buyers.  “I’m sure our vendors will be realistic with their reserves,” Heagney added.  “And, as always, the good types will make good money.”

Fastnet Rock dominated the Gold Coast Magic Millions and the NZB Karaka Sale, however, opinion is divided as to a possible sale topper in Melbourne.

Lauriston Thoroughbreds, located in Barn D, has a Redoute’s Choice – Glimmers colt (Lot 405) that’s been very popular.  The dam foaled Group 1 filly Gold Edition to another Danehill sire in Lion Hunter and her latest yearlings is tipped to make top money.

– Karl Patterson