Four days of record trade concluded at Oaklands Junction late on Thursday afternoon with the close of the Melbourne Premier Sale. When the hammer fell for the last time, the sale had reached new heights with records in all departments for gross, average and median – not to mention the new sale record of $750,000 paid by Darley Australia for a son of Exceed And Excel on Tuesday.
The highlight of Thursday’s Session II trade came late on when a most attractive son of Danbird topped the day when selling for $80,000 to Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan. Eliza Park stallion Danbird has impressed many keen judges with his first-crop and the good looking lot 790 – a half-brother to Listed winners Ebony Night and Hurry Upel – is typical of his offspring.
Session II of the Premier Sale saw 127 horses sold for an aggregate of $2,821,500. The average was $22,217 and the median $20,000.
“The results this week are a ringing endorsement of the Victorian industry,” enthused William Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster. “We are very appreciative for the support we’ve received from the Victorian State Government, in particular the Deputy Premier Rob Hulls, for their commitment to racing and breeding in the state.”
“We were hopeful of a good sale,” said Webster, “but it is safe to say that this has exceeded expectations and we are delighted for everyone concerned. We are grateful for the unqualified support of so many vendors at the sale this year. Good horses attract buyers and in this case we’ve had interest from all over the world.”
Session II - Day 1 Statistics - Lots 603 to 818
Gross Value $2,821,500 Top Price - Lot 790 $80,000 Average Price $22,217 Median Price $20,000V
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