The 2013 chapter of the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale has proven, yet again, that quality will find its measure.
Inglis is to be applauded for assembling a diverse buying bench – both domestic and global … with the South Africans in particular being most active.
Eliza Park was, for the second year running, the leading vendor by aggregate ($2,444,000) and also supplied the topper for the second session with the Holy Roman Emperor colt from Exact fetching $110,000.
Eliza Park based stallions also fared well with two Written Tycoons selling for $220,000 apiece, the Wanteds sold to $220,000, a Bel Esprit went for $280,000, Statue of Liberty was again popular, while Magnus averaged over three times service fee.
However, perhaps the most pleasing aspect of Melbourne Premier ’13 was the clearance rate: while the overall average was 79%, Eliza Park’s was over 85% - a tribute to both the quality on offer and our clientele’s willingness to meet the market.
Congratulations are also in order to Yearling manager, Jenny Saunders, Smithfield manager, Frank Oliver, and their team for presenting a team that lived right up to record inspections in the five days preceding and four days of the actual sale. Ultimately, there were over 3,500 inspections throughout the week – Sunday alone was incredible.
Encouragingly, draft members have found new homes in leading stables, with buyers from every state, along with purchasers from New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa.
And now we’re ready to do it all again with 24 youngsters up for grab at the Adelaide Magic Millions which kicks off on Monday, followed up by consignments for QTIS next weekend and then on to Sydney for the Easter Yearling Sale.