Virus Outbreak Taking Toll on Australian Auctions

Australia’s leading sale company, William Inglis & Son, has postponed the 2- and 3-year-old Breeze Up sale and the October Racehorse sale scheduled for Oct. 28 because of the equine influenza outbreak. 

Earlier, the company announced postponement of its Spring Thoroughbred sale, which had been scheduled for Sept. 28.

The company was projected to earn about $6 million (Australian dollars) from the October sales, which had been rescheduled for the same weekend given the EI problems in Australia.

“William Inglis & Son has taken this step in order to try to eliminate the possibility of the EI virus making its way into Victoria through the movement of industry participants,” said Peter Heagney, the Victoria representative for Inglis. “With buyers from interstate set to attend the sales, it was felt in the best interest of the industry as a whole that the indefinite postponement of these sales was the correct option.

“Further notification will be made at a later date once more is known regarding the current situation.”


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