James Price

published: 10 Jan 2014 in Q&A

The Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale - Summer Book follows on quickly from the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

The sale at the company’s Newmarket sale yards will be conducted on January 19 and 20.

Graduates from the Classic sale become eligible for a series of rich bonus races, which provides an incentive for owners, trainers and agents to buy.

In the lead-up to the offering Stallions questioned Inglis bloodstock consultant James Price about the entries, stallion representation, high profile lots, likely Asian support and other matters.


Q.: How is the catalogue for the Inglis Classic sale shaping up

A.: The coming year will be the second year of the revised two-day format of the Classic Yearling Sale – Summer Book. With a very busy start to the sales calendar, vendors and buyers appreciate the reduced number being offered, focusing more on quality than quantity.  In 2014, 240 lots will be sold on each day with selling at Newmarket starting at 10 a.m.


Q.: How would you rate the entries compared to previous years

A.: Buyers search for strong mature, well conformed yearlings at the Inglis Classic so when inspecting large numbers of entries the Inglis bloodstock team has made this a focus. Having inspected the entries over the last 10 weeks we are very excited with the stock selected for the sale, which will most certainly continue to produce outstanding racehorses.


Q.: Is there a wide spread of stallions represented

A.: Yes, the range of stallions in the sale includes proven and unproven, colonial and international sires. The sire index has 103 stallions with I Am Invincible with 22 heading the list followed by Nicconi with 18, Magic Albert with 16 and Al Maher with 15.


Q.: Are you expecting the first season sires to generate a lot of interest

A.: Each year, trainers and syndicators are excited as they inspect the stock of first season sires because they offer a fresh outlook and there is much anticipation about how successful their progeny might be. I predict the stock of Fastnet Rock’s sons Hinchinbrook and Rothesay, Blue Diamond Stakes winners Star Witness and Reward For Effort and Beneteau, a son of Redoute’s Choice, will rate highly with buyers.


Q.: Could you name some of the higher profile mares with yearlings

A.: Lot 96 is the first foal of stakes winning Invincible Spirit mare Conquering Queen; Lot 286 is out of the stakes winning Malagra Miss, who is already the dam of stakes winner Misstrum and stakes placed Cinecitta; and Lot 291 is the first foal of Mona Lisa Stakes winner Mary’s Grace.


Q.: Are there close relations to high class performers

A.: Lot 58 is a half-brother to Mourinho and Molto Bene, both group winners this season; Lot 193 is a half-sister to Russeting, winner of the Group 1 BRC Winter Stakes; Lot 245 is a half-sister to Direct Charge, winner of the Group 3 VRC Maribyrnong Stakes; Lot 277 is a half-brother to Boss Lane, winner of the ATC Brian Crowley Stakes; Lot 295 is a half-brother to Silversands, who won the MVRC Inglis Banner-RL and Lot 351 is a half-brother to Pitstop, a Group 2 winner in Singapore.


Q.: Do you have any indication of Australian buying strength

A.: This sale has a strong attendance of trainers from New South Wales. With so many yearlings BOBS eligible, trainers can find a horse to race for the extra bonuses throughout their career which includes BOBS Extra (bonuses for four-year-olds and up on races over 1800m). Aside from N.S.W. buyers, the sale attracts trainers from Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The trainers are joined by syndicators, who target the sale for its value and terrific record in producing winners.


Q.: Is Inglis expecting significant buying support from Asia

A.: With the Inglis Asia office based in Singapore and many trips by Australian based agents to Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Korea and Japan we can expect a healthy buying bench from Asian countries. Encouraged by the relationships being built with China, we are confident the Chinese will have a strong hand in the sale just as the Koreans have had over the last three years. . If you look for escort in Lugano try this site.


Q.: Will the easing of the Australian dollar help

A.: The peaks and troughs of the Australian dollar will always be an advantage for some and a disadvantage for others. History suggests the Inglis Classic is dominated by domestic buyers. However, you have to expect that the high level of the dollar might deter some international investment.


Q.: Is the list of graduates a booster for the sale

A.: This sale, which has an average under $35,000, continues to produce top class, Group 1 winning thoroughbreds, who very often are achieving heights far greater than their price tag would suggest.

This list features Group 1 winners Fiveandahalfstar, Sincero, Manawanui and Secret Admirer.


Q.: The company must be pleased with the Inglis Race Series

A.: From the outset, several horses such as Starspangledbanner that have won an Inglis Race have gone on to further stakes successes. With high profile horses winning bonus races, the Inglis Race Series has drawn the attention of owners and trainers to the lucrative bonuses on offer throughout the year. The success of the series was acknowledged this year with five races being upgraded to Restricted Listed status providing valuable black type to pedigrees. Only those horses sold at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale - Summer and Winter Books, are eligible for the $250,000 Inglis Classic-RL, to be held at Randwick in January of 2015 as part of the $5 million series.


Q.: Is everything falling into place for the Australian Easter Yearling Sale

A.: The Inglis Easter sale is the flagship sale in the southern hemisphere and there is even more anticipation than ever leading up to the 2014 sale on the back of the results in 2013. Whilst the $5 million half-brother to Black Caviar stole the show, the results by Inglis graduates have highlighted the tremendous value on offer each year. In recent times these feature Group 1 winners include Shamus Award (MVRC  W.S.Cox Plate), who was bought for $230,000, Samaready (MVRC Moir Stakes), who was a $150,000 purchase, and Atlante (New Zealand 2,000 Guineas), who was picked up for $170,000. So, taking a line through those purchases, buyers certainly do not need a massive budget to buy top class Group 1 winners at Inglis Easter.