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Inglis Premier Day-1: $560K For Snitzel Filly
A diverse buying bench purchased 112 yearlings for $10,581,000 on the opening day of the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne yesterday. Buyers from Victoria bought over half the lots sold, but had healthy competition from interstate buyers (28 lots) and overseas guests (27 lots). "It is very satisfying to see the diversity of buyers who assisted our Day One average to increase 20%, and especially pleasing was a 33% increase in today's median price," commented Inglis Victorian Director, Peter Heagney. Topping the session early in the day was Lot 44, a filly by Arrowfield sire Snitzel which sold for $560,000 to multiple Group 1-winning South African trainer Brett Crawford. The bay filly is out of the Bel Esprit mare Belle Of the City and hails from the family of Golden Slipper winning sire Stratum. She sold for only $10,000 less than the record price for a filly set at the 2006 edition of Inglis Premier. Yallambee Stud finished Day One as leading vendor having sold 10 Lots for $1,550,000. The support from South African buyers continued throughout the day, including the purchase of Lot 67, a filly by freshman sire Foxwedge from Carlton Show. Bred and sold by Supreme Thoroughbreds, the filly sold to Champion South African trainer Joey Ramsden for $340,000. The four yearlings by Foxwedge that sold on Day One averaged $190,000, an incredible return on his 2012 service fee of $33,000. Other highly anticipated freshman sires represented on Day One of Inglis Premier included Sepoy ($165,000 avg), Pour Moi ($123,500), Smart Missile ($113,333) and Helmet ($85,000).