Major Gains for Inglis Weanling Sale

With a third of the horses remaining, select sale gross up 38% over 2009 total.

The select session of the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale in Sydney on June 24 posted a 44% increase in average, with Aust$4,840,500 traded during the opening select session.

The sales company reported a 84% clearance as the average for the 157 horses sold soared to $30,831. The first-day gross was up 38% on the entire select sale gross from last year, despite only being two-thirds of the way through the select catalog. according to a release from the sales company.

Dean Hawthorne went to $220,000 to secure the day’s highest priced lot, a full-brother to the stakes winning Sharkbite. The Redoute's Choice-Back Pass colt was sold by Bellerive Stud.

A Fastnet Rock filly from the Select Bloodstock Unreserved Dispersal went the way of New Zealand’s Curraghmore Stud for $170,000.

Completing a clean sweep for New Zealand buyers on the top three weanlings soldy, Lyndhurst Farm secured the Lonhro-Silver Success colt from Attunga Stud for $150,000.

The select session was scheduled to continue June 25 with another 110 lots, before the sale concludes with the General Weanling Session.

"This year’s catalog has been our best yet, not just in terms of numbers but quality as well," said Inglis director Jonathan D’Arcy.

"It’s great to see the vendors being rewarded with excellent results. We’re extremely pleased to have such a large contingent of New Zealand buyers who have been very active with inspections on the grounds here over the past few days."