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Inglis Broodmare 1: $3.4m Sale Smashes Record

Tuesday, 17th April 2007

A new record price for a broodmare in Australia & New Zealand was established at yesterday's Inglis Select Weanling & Broodmare Sale when Darley Australia purchased just retired sprinting mare Virage de Fortune (Anabaa-Virage, by Kenmare) for $3.4 million. In what was described as "one of the most exciting bidding duels ever seen in the Newmarket Sale ring, competition came from all corners of the auditorium and, it would seem, all corners of the globe, before William Inglis & Son Director, Jonathan D'Arcy, via mobile, fired the final shot on behalf of Darley." It comes on top of the 14 yearlings purchased by Darley (under the banner of John Ferguson Bloodstock) at last week's Easter Yearling Sale for a total of $14,290,000. Ollie Tait, general manager of Darley Australia, said they had been prepared to pay the price because, "Virage de Fortune is a beautiful type, she was fast and has a wonderful pedigree". The winning bid eclipsed Darley's own record Australasian price for a broodmare after paying $2,050,000 for the Danehill mare Mannington at the 2005 William Inglis & Son Australian Select Broodmare Sale. Tait also added: "It was a great result and Virage de Fortune enhances a rapidly growing broodmare band which includes Mannington, Serenade Rose and Golden Slipper placegetter Pure Energy. A decision on a (Virage de Fortune) mating will be made later, but she matches up very well with Elusive Quality and Bernardini."

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