Inglis Easter Sale Day 1 Hailed a Success

Inglis Easter Sale Day 1 Hailed a Success

Almost 150,000 visitors from 99 countries spread across six continents tuned in to the Inglis website when Australia’s oldest horse auctioneers conducted Day 1 of this year’s Easter Yearling Sale on Tuesday.

More than $32 million was grossed at the first totally on-line offering by Inglis, brought on by the coronavirus crisis that has virtually shut down the world.

“It’s been one of the most extraordinary days on the job for me as Managing Director, to oversee Day 1 of an Easter Sale with no horses and no people,” Inglis’s Mark Webster said.

“It’s certainly something out of the box.

“Our website traffic figures have been quite phenomenal. We have had people watching our Sale Day Live coverage from 99 different countries on six continents around the world and buyers coming from all across the globe as well, as well as almost 150,000 visitors to the website today alone.

“That side of things has been very satisfying because our vendors put in a tremendous amount of work under arguably some of the most challenging conditions of their lives and to be able to even conduct a sale under the circumstances for them has been a great team effort.”

The gross of $32,537,500 incorporated an average of $306,958 at a clearance rate of 62 percent.

Joint top lots, at $1.1 million, were Lot 134, a colt by So You Think and Pinocchio, who is a half-

brother to Classique Legend and Aethero, and a brother to three-time Group 1 winner Sunlight (Lot 212 – Zoustar x Solar Charged).

A filly by I Am Invincible out of Group 1 winner Srikandi was the day’s other seven-figure lot, selling for exactly $1 million, while there were 16 other youngsters fetch at least $500,000.

Among them were an I Am Invincible colt out of a half to Russian Revolution ($875,000), an Exceed And Excel colt from the family of Satin Shoes ($760,000) and a filly by Frankel from former star Kiwi mare Princess Coup ($670,000.

“Looking back on it, it’s been a very good start to a sale under very challenging conditions for everybody in our industry,” Webster said.

“I hope to see the buyers back online tomorrow as we offered another 200 or so yearlings and, as today showed, there is plenty of value to be found.

“I urge people to register to bid and to get involved because these horses are the best of the best and will prove that on the race track in months and years to come.’’

Day 2 commences at 10am Wednesday and, like Day 1, will be a solely on-line offering accessible via inglis.com.au