The second session of the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale continued at a strong pace on Wednesday with total sales surging through the $60 million mark.
With 251 yearlings sold to date, the average of $241,394 represents a near 10% increase on last year’s overall Session I figure. “It’s very satisfying although Wednesday’s clearance rate was a little disappointing,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said. “But it can be expected to improve as post sale negotiations are completed.”
Makybe’s Casino Prince half-brother to Black Caviar topped Wednesday’s trade at $1,025,000. He was knocked down to Hawkes Racing after an enthralling bidding duel with Peter Moody.
“It seemed like $600,000 was going to do it but the two boys obviously wanted him,” Gilgai Farm vendor Rick Jamieson said. “I’m thrilled to bits.”
After being beaten on the session-topper, Moody spent $600,000 on the Redoute’s Choice – Lisheenowen half-brother to Private Steer and All Silent.
Mark Kavanagh proved strongest in the battle for the Street Sense three-quarter-brother to Shocking winning out with a $450,000 bid.
Ingham Racing continues to lead the buying list, securing 11 yearlings overall for $3.27 million, closely followed by Shadwell with 9 for $3.04 million.
Arrowfield is the leading vendor by aggregate having sold 24 yearlings for $6.95 million. Coolmore has 27 sold for $5.99 million followed by Widden Stud with 16 for $3.85 million and Yarraman Park next best with 11 yearlings for $3.53 million.
Day 3 continues at 11am on Thursday.