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Inglis Great Southern Day-2: Weanling Average Soars 37%
13 weanlings have sold for over $100,000 at this year's Inglis Great Southern Sale, a considerable jump from four lots last year. The average price of the 222 weanlings sold in the Platinum Session has finished at $31,140, up 37% on last year's record figure of $23,392. "There is no doubt that this is the best collection of weanlings ever offered for sale in Victoria," said Inglis Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian. "We have been privileged to catalogue a fantastic draft of youngsters and this led to unprecedented interest from buyers. This Great Southern Weanling Sale was built on quality individuals with good pedigrees being professionally presented by our Vendors. The buyers came and were obviously pleased with the product on offer." Demand for weanlings by first season sires continued into Day Two with a colt by Australian Cup and Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente from Fiamarrosa (Lot 252) selling for $160,000 to Prima Park / Waterford Bloodstock. The final lot of the Platinum Session also created plenty of buzz in the sale ring with Two Bays Farm selling the colt by Epaulette from Loading Zone (Lot 794) for $140,000 to Paul Willetts. Other first season sires to have progeny sell for $80,000 or more at the sale included Dundeel ($130,000 ex Whitesails), Akeed Mofeed ($120,000 ex Video Star) and Unencumbered ($87,500 ex Vintage Quality). Three Bridge's have been delighted by the response to their exciting young stallion Unencumbered saying "it's always great when the market believes in your stallion, so it's fair to say that we went to bed last night very pleased with the response from all buyers from all corners of Australia. He is leaving correct, sound and tough looking horses, just like Unencumbered himself so there are some exciting times ahead." Day Three starts at 10:00am today with a big day of Broodmares, Supplementary Broodmares, Stallions and Stallion Shares. The sale concludes on Wednesday 22 June with Yearlings, Unbroken Stock and Racehorses.