(Edited William Inglis & Son press release)
The Australian select broodmare sale concluded at Newmarket Tuesday with 474 lots achieving an average price of Aust$53,668 and a total aggregate of Aust $25,438,650. The clearance rate concluded at a very healthy 76%.
"We are very pleased with the results" said William Inglis & Son managing director Reg Inglis. "The majority of vendors have walked away from the sale with their expectations well and truly surpassed. The buying bench included bidders from South Africa, Japan, America, Europe, Korea, New Zealand, and the Philippines as well as every state of Australia. Commercially bred young mares have never been in stronger demand than at Newmarket over the last few days. Mares with black-type performance or closely related to quality group winners met with feverish bidding".
Day three's top price was the well-performed race mare Battle Maiden, who fetched Aust$625,000 to the bid of Victorian breeder Ultra Thoroughbreds. The same buyer followed up later in the day by acquiring the VRC Maribyrnong Trial winner Fashion Victim for Aust$460,000.
Kieran Moore followed up his sale topping purchase of mare Our Egyptian Raine ($900,000) by giving Aust$460,000 for the juvenile stakes winner Chic Choice.
2004 Inglis Classic winner Commands Nothin' has proven a great money spinner for connections who purchased the daughter of Commands for Aust$24,000 at the 2003 Classic sale. After winning Aust$346,000 on the race track she was sold to American-based agent Newmarket International for Aust $360,000.