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Bluebloods : Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale 2013
SUCCESS breeding success MELBOURNE PREMIER YEARLING SALE 32 February 2013 AT the centre of Australia's strongest racing region, the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale recorded a world bloodstock feat when it posted an average increase for the third consecutive year in 2012. The sale is also the only major thoroughbred sale in the world to have achieved an increase in average in seven of the last eight years. These are amazing feats, but they are dwarfed by the racetrack success that horses sold at the sale have recorded in the same period, numerous outstanding racehorses led by $210,000 Premier purchase Black Caviar, who was recently rated the Champion Sprinter in the World for the third straight year by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. "It confirms her position as the greatest sprinter and the greatest female equine athlete world racing has seen in the modern era," said Greg Carpenter, Australia's representative to the World Thoroughbred Rankings Committee. The $A6m earner has been strongly supported, for Melbourne Premier graduates have won 49 Gr.1 races in Australia, South Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Malaysia and Macau in the last six racing seasons. Other star graduates include Hong Kong Horse of the Year Sacred Kingdom, South African Horse of the Year Igugu, Australian and European Champion Sprinter Starspangledbanner, globetrotting sensation Ortensia, previous Australian Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, plus W.S. Cox Plate winners Fields Of Omagh and Pinker Pinker. Not complacent with the current overwhelming success of the sale and its graduates, the team at Inglis is keen for the Melbourne Premier to continue growing. As such a few positive additions have been made to the 2013 sale. Premier will commence with a new afternoon session on Sunday, March 3 and continue on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5. Premier II will follow on Wednesday, March 6. An additional feature this year will be the introduction of a 'Blue Riband Session', to be conducted on Monday, March 4. This session of 50 yearlings is dedicated to those yearlings which on pedigree and type suggest they are suitable for classic races and in due course Australia's very lucrative cup racing. "We are committed to continually improving Premier, with the 'Blue Riband Session' to complement the increase in the quality of entries the sale has garnered over the past few years," Inglis Melbourne Director Peter Heagney said. "Breeders have been very keen to join the upward spiral of Premier, so this year we will see well-renowned vendors such as Coolmore Stud selling under their banner at the sale for the first time," Heagney points out. Eliza Park Stud, the home of Black Caviar's sire Bel Esprit, will have the largest draft set for the 2013 Melbourne Premier Sale with 60 yearlings. Swettenham Stud and Three Bridges have 29 each, while Supreme Thoroughbreds (28), Yallambee (26), Basinghall (25), Rosemont (23), Blue Gum (22) and Coolmore (21) are all very well represented. Bel Esprit has 25 yearlings catalogued in the March sale. Other proven sires represented include Choisir (27), Commands (15), Domesday (22), Encosta de Lago (17), Exceed And Excel (17), Flying Spur (18), High Chaparral (28), Not A Single Doubt (14), Rock Of Gibraltar (9), Snitzel (12), Starcraft (21), Statue Of Liberty (25), Tale Of The Cat (14) and Testa Rossa (10). Seven yearlings by Australia's Champion Sire in Fastnet Rock will grace the Oaklands Sale ring, just as his Gr.2- winning son Hvasstan did in 2011. There is an exciting line up of 20 first season sires, including Wanted (21), All American (9), Big Brown (8), Denman (12), Duporth (6), Manhattan Rain (11), Medaglia D'Oro (2), Nicconi (18), O'Lonhro (7), Onemorenomore (8), Turffontein (14) and Von Costa de Hero (8). "Australians are acknowledged as the pre-eminent producers of tough, precocious sprinter/milers. With increasing investment in the world's best bloodlines, veterinary science and husbandry techniques our breeders are in an enviable position to produce the world's best middle-distance performers and stayers as well," said Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster. "The number of Australian bred horses to rate 120 or greater in the World Rankings continues to grow with a record number of nine in this elite category in 2012, up from seven the year prior and five in 2009. "We welcome all local, interstate and overseas buyers to Melbourne in March in pursuit of the next Inglis sold champion," Webster said. All horses sold at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale are eligible to be nominated to the $5 million Inglis Race Series, which is set to include more 1600m to 2400m events in future years. The catalogue for the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales is available online at www.inglis.com.au and on the new Inglis Sales iPad app. For hard copy catalogues or more information on the sale please contact a member of the Inglis Melbourne team on +61 3 9333 1422.
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