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Inglis Chairman's Sale Confirms Easter Placement
The inaugural Chairman's Sale proved that it has a permanent home on the Australasian thoroughbred sales calendar with Friday night's Session II (Elite Breeding Prospects) continuing a stunning week of action at Newmarket with three lots selling for $1 million or more. The sale ended with an average of $329,786, median of $265,000, gross of $23,085,000, and a clearance rate of 86%. Victorian stud Three Bridges was active as both a buyer and vendor at the top end of the market on Friday when buying Queensland Oaks winner Provocative (Zabeel) in foal to Tavistock for $1.2million, and offering the second-top lot Don't Doubt Mamma (as agent), which was knocked down to Arrowfield for $1.1million on behalf of Katsumi Yoshida. She will visit Arrowfield's recent Japanese stallion acquisition Maurice this season, according to the stud's Jon Freyer. "It's a family that we love and she's by Not A Single Doubt who has started nicely as a broodmare sire,'' Freyer said. Meanwhile, Newstar Partnership, a newly formed partnership comprising Newgate, WinStar and Kingstar Farms, paid $1million for Flame Of Sydney (Lot 51), the dam of recent Gr1 Inglis Sires Produce winner Invader and star Australian and Hong Kong sprinter Not Listenin'tome. Flame Of Sydney will likely be mated with Newgate's recent stallion addition Capitalist this season. "She's got all the attributes of a blue hen mare and I thought she was fabulous buying at $1 million on a global scale,'' Newstar Partnership's Henry Field said. Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster was in awe of the support and success of the inaugural The Chairman's Sale. "You can't progress without innovation and it's been proven with both the Elite Racing Prospects last week and now tonight's Elite Breeding Prospects session, that this type of sale absolutely belongs in the Australian market,'' Webster said.