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Gunnison Fetches $1.4M at Chairmans Sale
Yesterday’s inaugural Inglis Chairman’s Sale - Elite Racing Prospects - has been hailed a huge success after unbeaten 2YO Gunnison became the highest-priced gelding ever sold at auction in Australia at $1.4 million. In front of a strong crowd in the Newmarket ring, the boutique sale exceeded expectations as all four horses that were offered for 100% of sale were sold. In total, nine Lots were offered, with Gunnison’s price tag of $1.4 million the sale-topper, ahead of stakes-placed 2YO Eden Roc ($900,000) and Sydney Cup-bound Chance To Dance ($260,000). Both Gunnison and Eden Roc (a three-quarter brother to Vinery Stud's just retired Gr1 performer Star Turn – see below) exceeded their yearling prices of $850,000 and $750,000 respectively. Gunnison was bought on behalf of a Hong Kong-based client by Chris McAnulty who confirmed the son of Not A Single Doubt would continue his racing career in Asia. “Gunnison is a lovely gelding, he’s proved in his short career already that he is loaded with ability and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on him and seeing what he can do in Hong Kong,” McAnulty said. Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster was thrilled with the success of the inaugural The Chairman’s Sale Session I (Elite Racing Prospects). “We wanted to present a concept to the market where they could be involved in purchasing elite-level racehorses, and I think tonight proved there is definitely a market for it here in Australia,’’ Webster said. The Chairman’s Sale Session II (Elite Breeding Prospects) takes place after the Easter Sale on Friday April 7 from 5pm.