Australian Broodmare Sale Posts Strong Numbers

By Ric Chapman

Big crowds continued to turn up Tuesday for the second day of the Inglis Australian broodmare sale in Sydney. And plenty of money was spent too.

Monday's top of $700,000 (U.S. $522,081) for the barren Dehere mare Galapagos Girl was matched on the second and final day when the New Zealand bred mare One Under was picked up for that price by Alan Osburg.

One Under (Volksraad--Reg's Lady) was a prodigy as a juvenile winning four times and performed well at group I level also. Osburg sold his champion racehorse Exceed And Excel last month for $22 million to Darley.

In foal to first season Coolmore sire Rock of Gibraltar, One Under will be served by the very much in demand Redoute's Choice this coming season and will eventually go to Exceed and Excel upon his racing retirement next year.

The best juvenile filly in Australia this year was the Encosta de Lago monster Alinghi. When her full-sister entered the ring, all in attendance looked to see if she was as well put together as Alinghi. She wasn't but she was certainly an impressive creature on her own.

Known as Slice of Paradise this daughter of the Monde Bleu mare Oceanfast was sold as a racing and breeding prospect. She has already won in the city and been stakes placed. She was eventually knocked down to the bid of European agent Grant Pritchard-Gordon for $375,000 ($279,686).

Renowned buyer James Bester was also busy. He bought the full sister to former brilliant galloper Excellerator. Her racing name was Orderly but she couldn't win a race when competing. As a producer she has a Redoute's Choice yearling on the ground, a Gilded Time weanling and is in foal to the popular Anabaa. Bester paid $360,000 ($268,499) for the 6-year-old.

The momentum from yesterday continued at the final session with the Inglis Co. posting overall sales to $19,103,750 ($14,248,150) at an average price of $41,172 ($30,707) and a buy back rate of just 16%.

"It was a particularly strong sale for the better bred mares with a very diverse group of buyers from South Africa, America and a large number from New Zealand together with buyers from all over Australia," commented Reg Inglis.