Sons of Galileo brought the two highest prices at the Inglis Melbourne select racehorse sale, which enjoyed a 99% clearance rate May 23 at the Oaklands sales complex.
Australian group II winner Tanby sold for the day's top price of $140,000 ($129,185 in United States funds) to Bulla Thoroughbreds. The 7-year-old gelding by Europe's leading sire has a 9-3-5 record from 34 career starts, including a victory in the 2012 Sandown Classic (Aus-II) and a third-place finish in the Darley Australian Cup (Aus-I) for trainer Robert Hickmott. An Australian-bred, he is out of Australian group III winner Dane Belltar, by Danewin, and is a half brother to group I winner Fawkner.
Tanby was offered as part of a reduction sale by Lloyd and Nick Williams' Hudson Conway Racing, which also consigned the day's second-highest price horse, Marksmanship, another son of Galileo who sold for $120,000 ($110,733) to Ciaron Maher Racing. The 6-year-old horse was group III-placed in his native Ireland and twice placed from five starts in Australia for Hickmott. He is out of the stakes-winning Danehill mare Maroochydore.
The Williamses sold nine of the day's 10 top-priced horses. Their 25-horse consignment brought total receipts of $804,500 ($742,742).
Overall, 74 of 75 horses offered changed hands for total sales of $1,242,350 ($1,146,435). The average price was $16,789 ($15,492) and the median was $8,000 ($7,382).