Jonathan D'Arcy

published: 11 Jan 2013 in Q&A

Following on quickly from the Gold Coast Magic Millions the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, to be held at Newmarket on January 20 and 21, is steadily picking up an avid following.

Following on quickly from the Gold Coast Magic Millions the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, to be held at Newmarket on January 20 and 21, is steadily picking up an avid following.

As well as being a source of high class winners at value prices the sale has the added attraction of qualifying graduates for the Inglis race series, which features the $250,000 Inglis Classic at Rosehill Gardens.

In the lead up to the sale Stallions questioned Inglis director Jonathan D’Arcy about the catalogue, the stallions and first year stallions represented, likely buying strength and other matters.


Q.: How is the Classic sale shaping up

A.: Classic 2013 is looking in great shape. We have some cracking individuals coming into the sale and the support we have received from breeders across the country has been outstanding. Our bloodstock team had a hard job selecting a catalogue of 467 from over 1,000 entries so the standard has never been better


Q.: How do you rate the catalogue compared to previous years

A.: No doubt the decision to hold the sale over two days this year will be of great benefit to all our clients. This has led better catalogue of mature types ideally suited to two-year-old racing here in Australia


Q.: There is a widespread of stallions represented

A.: Yes, we have almost 100 different stallions with yearlings in the catalogue with good drafts by proven stallions like Al Maher, Casino Prince, Choisir, Dane Shadow, Domesday, Magic Albert, Not a Single Doubt, Sebring, Snitzel and Starcraft


Q.: The first season sires should also generate a lot of interest

A.: I believe this crop of first season stallions is as good as we’ve seen for five or six years. Top class Group 1 Australian performers such as All American, Denman, Duporth, Manhattan Rain, Nicconi, Onemorenomore and Turffontein are joined by overseas stars of the calibre of Mastercraftsman and Big Brown as well as some outstanding young sprinters like I Am Invincible, Dreamscape, Krupt, Raheeb, Time Thief and Von Costa De Hero


Q.: Are there many close relations to high class performers

A.: The catalogue has been selected, first and foremost, on type. Some of the stakes winners that we have siblings to include Sirmione, Grout, Fibrillation, Master Harry, Testacana, Imana, Spinnawatch, Keen Commander, Blizzardly, Vitner, Hairy, Balmont, Ain’t Seen Nothin’, Das Machen, Sweetest Melody, Super Lacuna as well as progeny from over 25 stakes winning mares


Q.: Do you have an indication of the Australian buying strength

A.: Any yearling buyer worth their salt knows that the Classic sale is one not to be missed. We have assembled a great selection of good types by a wide range of stallions. Our travel team has reported plenty of bookings down at Coogee for the sale period and anyone looking to take advantage of the Inglis rate at our partner hotels only has to contact  HYPERLINK "" and we can look after them


Q.: Has Inglis been promoting the sale in Asia

A.: Peter Twomey, who runs our Asia office from Singapore, has reported good interest in the Classic sale. We have conducted marketing trips to Malaysia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Africa in the last six weeks


Q.: Is the value of the Australian dollar likely to be a problem

A.: The Australia dollar is a little higher than we would like it. However, the value of Australian horses is still outstanding by world standards. Most of our friends racing horses in south-east Asia realise that Australian horses are the most dominant force in places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau


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

A.: The list of Classic graduates proves every year that the Classic outperforms most other sales when it comes to results on the racetrack. Despite averaging around $30,000 the Classic has managed to produce horses of the ability of Fiveandahalfstar, Hurtle Myrtle, Ilovethiscity, Secret Admirer, Sincero and Whobegotyou


Q.: The company must be seriously pleased with the Inglis race series

A.: The Inglis race series is very popular with trainers and yearling buyers around Australia. They realise that our bonus races are run over a two year period, so if a horse is not ready for a race in January you have not done your money cold. With our race series you have $50,000 and $100,000 bonuses on selected two and three-year-old races in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and several country centres. There are over 20 races that Inglis yearling sale graduates can target during their first two racing seasons.