A record-breaking $320,000 Street Sense colt set the scene for across-the-board increases during Session II of the Inglis Easter yearling sale on Thursday.
Tony Bott paid top price for the Street Sense – Desert Ibis colt offered by Goodwood Farm. It eclipsed the previous mark of $275,000 set in 2008.
Session II closed with an average of $78,203 which was up slightly from last year. “It was very satisfying to see a new mark set during Session II,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said. “This section of the sale continues to produce great results and vendors with quality horses have been amply rewarded.”
International buyers once again were a driving force behind the sale with Ireland, United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau all appearing on the results sheet.
“A pleasing aspect was the depth of the buying bench,” Webster added. “We are not relying on one or two major buyers to boost the figures and it was pleasing to see so many different names among the top buyers.
“Similarly, the broad strength of the stallions also has to be viewed as a positive sign for the industry. While Redoute’s Choice and Encosta De Lago are still the benchmarks, others like Fastnet Rock and More Than Ready have also emerged, along with exciting new stallions like Street Sense and Bernardini, providing top end buyers with more options.”