The Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale got off to a flyer on Tuesday with a closing average of $135,748 for the 133 lots sold.
The decision to revamp the sale to catalogue a Super Select Session on Day 1 was an instant success. Last year’s Day 1 average was $66,953.
Starting at 10:30am, it didn’t take long for the bids to start flowing in on the young fillies and proven producers catalogued. Group 1 winner Response just the sixth offering for the day selling for $840,000 to SF Bloodstock.
It was her second visit to the Newmarket sale ring having been purchased for $50,000 from the 2008 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale by Barrie and Midge Griffiths. The Charge Forward filly amassed $836,575 in prizemoney.
Just 20 lots later, USA Group 2 winner Sharp Susan was sold in foal to Street Cry to Badgers Bloodstock for $1,050,000. Offered by Tyreel Stud as agent, she will be exported to continue her breeding career in South Africa.
The other mare to pass seven figures was G2 winner Mimi Lebrock. The daughter of Show A Heart was purchased from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud in foal to Exceed And Excel by Baramul Stud for $1,025,000.
New Zealand Champion 2YO Anabandana was earlier offered by Broadwater Thoroughbreds as agent and was snapped up by James Bester Bloodstock for $720,000. Bester also signed for young stakes winning mare Lisson Grove in foal to Fastnet Rock for $575,000.
Other mares to make $500,000 or more on Day 1 were Custard ($575,000 in foal to Fastnet Rock), Just Dancing ($540,000 in foal to Commands) and Valdemoro ($500,000 in foal to Choisir).
The 2012 Inglis Easter Broodmare continues on Wednesday with the next selection of Select Session mares from Lot 224 to 456. The sale concludes on Thursday April 18 with the General Session mares from Lot 457 to 668.