Aided by some good quality unreserved drafts, the opening session of the 2010 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale topped the $8 million mark on Tuesday. A total of 166 mares were sold during the opening session, with the Toorak Park Stud dispersal providing the day’s highlights.
Toorak Park’s Group 1 winner Serious Speed topped the session, selling to Patinack Farm for $900,000. Serious Speed (Royal Academy) was an outstanding filly, winning the G1 MRC Thousand Guineas, along with the G2 STC Hobartville Stakes and G3 Gerard Corporation Stakes. She retired to stud last year with earnings just shy of $ 1million and was sold in foal to Al Maher, sire of Saturday’s brilliant G3 Adrian Knox winner Speedy Natalie.
Other Toorak highlights included the outstanding Dehere producer Picholine, dam of Victoria Derby and SA Derby winner Rebel Raider (Reset) and G3 Norman Robinson winner Shamoline Warrior (Shamardal). Agent Adrian Hancock secured her, in foal to Reset, for $440,000.
Majestic Music has been another flagbearer for the Toorak Park team this season and her dam Regal Flute (Royal Academy) was knocked down to Steve Brem for $425,000. She is believed to be in foal to Al Maher. Group 3 winner Flying Object was sold for $300,000, in foal to first crop stallion Northern Meteor.
The Toorak Park Stud draft of 39 mares grossed $3.8 million at an average of $97,717.
“We appreciate the support of vendors, in particular Toorak Park, who afforded us the opportunity to offer some lovely mares,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said.
“But what the first session really highlighted is the great value on offer at the moment and I urge buyers to take advantage of that market over the remaining three days. Even if you can’t make it to the sale grounds, our Sale Day live and online bidding services provide everyone with the opportunity to be a part of the sale.”
Webster also pointed out that all mares passed in on Tuesday are available via the Inglis Make an Offer service.