The opening session of the Inglis Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sale got off to a flyer at Oaklands yesterday.
A Written Tycoon filly topped the opening day at $80,000 which is well up on last year’s highest-priced lot, reports ANZ Bloodstock News.
The first lot through the ring was also by Written Tycoon and sold for $36,000, setting a positive trend that prevailed through the day with the clearance rate a very sold 81.8%.
The 156 lots that sold grossed $1,838,000 at an average price of $11,633 that is down on the final sale figure of $12,228 from last year
Eliza Park stallion Written Tycoon is currently the leading first-season sire by earnings in Australia and New Zealand.
The day’s highest priced lot, from the Bluebird mare Turtle Dove (Lot 206) [below], was prepared for sale by Eliza Park and the final price of $80,000 is well up on last year’s top price of $65,000
Purchased by EBA Victoria, the filly is a half-sister to five winners, including Queensland Derby-G1 runnerup Lords A Leaping, from the family of New Zealand Derby-G1 winner Coniston Bluebird.
Written Tycoon’s yearlings have sold up to $100,000 in 2011 and have averaged over $50,000 – almost 10 times his 2010 service fee.