The Australian auction firm William Inglis & Son has acquired Bloodstock.com.au, Australia’s leading online Thoroughbred classifieds website, Inglis managing director Mark Webster announced Feb. 6.
Since its launch in 2009, Bloodstock.com.au has attracted more than 8,000 listings from agents, trainers, breeders, and owners looking to trade horses in between auctions. The website currently has more than 2,000 listings, including large numbers of broodmares, tried racehorses, weanlings, stallion shares, and nominations for sale. The website, which attracts more than 60,000 visits each month, also contains hundreds of interactive stallion profiles, allowing studs to promote their stallions to a wide audience with up-to-date and relevant information.
“Bloodstock.com.au is an excellent online horse trading website that will complement our existing auction business extremely well,” Webster said in a release. “We recognize that people want to be able to trade horses outside of the traditional auction cycle and bloodstock.com.au allows this to happen. A good example is the recent sale of a 5% share in one of the world’s most exciting young sires, Starspangledbanner, via the website.”
When asked about Inglis’ plans for the website, Webster said: “Our focus is on continuing to innovate to meet our clients’ needs and we think bloodstock.com.au will be an extremely important part of the overall Inglis offering. In the coming months, we will launch a number of new services that will make the process of marketing and selling Thoroughbreds whether it be via auction or private sale, even easier and more compelling for our clients.”