(Edited William Inglis & Son press release)
The two-day William Inglis & Son Melbourne August mixed auction ended Aug. 14 at the Oaklands sales complex with a gross of Aust$2,907,550 ($2,439,202 in U.S. funds) for the 366 horses that sold. The average price was Aust$7,944 ($6,664), and the clearance rate was 90%.
"We had a very big crowd in attendance, and there was spirited competition on all lots that had either shown some race ability or shaped up as potential breeding prospects," said Inglis director Peter Heagney."Once again race fillies off the track were in demand, but it was good to also see racing prospects so keenly sought after. It was one of the strongest sales we have conducted for some time."
The top price during the second and final session was the Aust$70,000 ($58,724) paid by Kevin Dagg Bloodstock for Wood Nook Farm's unraced Encosta de Lago filly Darkling, who is a daughter of Arrowfield Stud Stakes (Aust-I) winner Sixty Seconds.
The Testa Rossa mare Donna Rossa, a five-time winner, sold to Baramul Stud for Aust$55,000 ($46,141).