(Edited William Inglis & Son press release)
Samantha Miss set an Australasian auction record for a filly off the racetrack when she sold for Aust$3.85 million (approximately $2,774,810 in U.S. funds) April 16 during the final session of the William Inglis & Son Easter broodmare sale in Australia.
Duncan Grimley, acting on behalf of the Australian auction firm Magic Millions, was able to hold off the challenge of underbidder Tony Bott, to secure the 4-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice and the Zabeel mare Milliyet. Samantha Miss has won three group I events in Australia – the Crown Oaks, the Visa Entertainment Champagne Stakes, and the Arrowfield Stud Flight Stakes.
Grimley indicated Samantha Miss would be retired immediately and enter Strawberry Hill Stud’s broodmare band, either under John Singleton's sole ownership or with his Magic Millions co-owner Gerry Harvey in partnership. She probably will be bred to More Than Ready.
"She was probably a little bit more than I thought but you don't get too many chances ... she's a one and a half million dollar yearling who's won three group I races,” Grimley said. “From that point of view, what more can you ask for? She's got a great temperament; she's a great type.”
According to Grimley, the overall market was stronger than expected.
"I think the market has been outstanding," he said. "We've all come in expecting the worst and we're selling (close to) 80% of the horses and most people are happy, so I think we might have dodged a bullet."
Widden Stud consigned Samantha Miss.
"That's in line with expectations and an amount you would expect a horse of her calibre to make," Widden's Antony Thompson said. "She's a once in a lifetime mare, and this cements Widden's reputation for selling the best race fillies that come on the market."
The supplementary section also saw the Royal Academy mare Interfere sold for Aust$325,000 ($234,237).
The select session’s final figures were 374 horses sold, a gross of Aust$21,935,000 ($15,809,213), and an average price of Aust$58,649 ($42,270). The clearance rate was 74.8%.
Inglis managing director Mark Webster said that even though the overall results were down as expected, race fillies and mares off the track sold extremely well.
"The results achieved at this sale for well-credentialed mares, particularly stakes fillies off the track, should give those looking to sell ahead of the breeding season the confidence to put them on the market," he said.