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Phenomenal Day’s Trade Lights Up Newmarket

2nd May 2016

The much talked about 2016 Inglis Broodmare catalogue brought out a red hot buying bench with 90% of lots sold on Day Two of the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale, headlined by the unreserved dispersals of Bell View Park Stud and Bell River Thoroughbreds.

192 lots were sold through the Newmarket ring today at an average of $74,321, with the aforementioned unreserved dispersals and the reductions from Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud adding to the strong results recorded.

Andrew Ferguson oversaw the dispersal of Bell River’s breeding stock from the auction box with their 23 mares netting $3,203,700 in gross sales, headed by top producer Extremely (Lot 311) (pictured), the dam of Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice.

Extremely was sold carrying a full sibling to Extreme Choice and after competition from Aquis Farm and Newgate Farm, eventual buyer YuLong Investments landed the final bid of $735,000.

“The sale has been unbelievable, I really am speechless. Our results have way exceeded our expectations,” said Andrew Ferguson.

“I think we get can an even better caravan for our travelling now!” Ferguson quipped.

Extremely was one of three mares purchased by YuLong Investments, with Farm Manager Scott Williamson saying “mares like Extremely don’t come up very often, and with the Bell River dispersal sale we thought it was a great opportunity to buy a mare of that quality that has produced arguably the best two-year-old of the year.”

“We’re thrilled to get her and we’re happy to be buying a mare of that sort of quality at Inglis, as YuLong Investments have a great relationship with the company,” Williamson said.

Bell View Park Stud’s mares were hotly inspected over the weekend and spirited bidding from a wide range of buyers saw the strong draft of 24 young mares in foal to commercial stallions average $125,354 and record three of the top ten Lots of the day.

“Overall the sale went really nicely, and many of the mares recorded fantastic results,” said Bell View Park Stud’s Adam Mackrell.

The unreserved reductions of Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud also drew plenty of interest from the sale’s buying bench, headlined by champion Faint Perfume (Lot 274), Sweet Talk (Lot 233) and Idyllic Mood (Lot 238).

The best filly of her generation, Faint Perfume (Lot 274) was offered in foal to Redoute’s Choice and was secured by David O'Callaghan on behalf of Sun Bloodstock for $700,000, fetching the second-top price for the day.

“She was obviously a really talented mare in foal to a great stallion, so we’re delighted to be able to buy her,” said David O'Callaghan.

“She’ll head straight to Victoria and will visit one of Sun Stud’s resident stallions this season,” O’Callaghan added.

The day finished as strongly as it began with Newgate Farm selling the day’s penultimate lot, Group 3 winning and Group 1 placed mare Pane In the Glass in foal to Deep Field, for $600,000 to James Harron Bloodstock. Pane In The Glass’ first foal was sold for $480,000 at the recent Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, highlighting the commercial appeal for her offspring.

“On behalf of Inglis I would like to thank the principals of Bell River Thoroughbreds, Bell View Park Stud, Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud for entrusting Inglis to sell their breeding stock in Sydney today,” said Inglis National Bloodstock Director Jonathan D’Arcy.

“Today may mark the end of an era for some, but it is also the beginning of the next cycle for many of the new owners, whom we wish the best of luck with their purchases,” said D’Arcy.

Complete vendor, buyer and sire statistics for today’s session can be viewed at

Photos of the sale's Top Lots are available on the Inglis Facebook page, InglisBloodstock

The third day of the auction will kick off again at 10am with Select Broodmares (Lots 443 to 532), Select Race Fillies and Mares (Lots 533 to 564), and a further group of Select Broodmares (Lots 565 to 659).

The remaining two days of the 2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale will be broadcast on Inglis Sale Day Live, plus Online Bidding and Make-An-Offer will again be available. Horses passed in during today’s session are available for sale via the Inglis Make-An-Offer Service.

2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale | Day Two
Select Broodmares and Stallion Shares (2015 in brackets)

Catalogued: 228 (197)
Offered: 214 (180)
Sold: 186 (136)
Clearance: 89% (76%)
Gross: $13,735,650 ($6,527,100)
Average: $73,847 ($47,993)
Median: $32,000 ($18,000)
Top Price: $735,000 ($605,000)