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Starcraft - QEII - Newmarket 24.09.05

The New Zealand-bred Starcraft was responsible for the day's top lot



Inglis day three topped by A$300,000 Starcraft colt

Summary of day three figures from the InglisMelbourne Premier Yearling Sale (A$)
Year Cat Off Sold % Sold Agg Ave Med
2010 184 164 121 74 8,307,500 68,657 50,000
2009 193 174 128 74 7,329,500 57,262 40,000


THREE days into the Melbourne Premier Sale, the cumulative average stands 30 per cent up on last year. So far 396 horses have been sold for an aggregate of A$28.4 million, 21 per cent more than a year ago from 60 fewer horses.

Figures continue to stop short of 2008 levels however. Wednesday's average was 19 per cent lower than the same day two years ago, the median 17 per cent and the aggregate 33 per cent below 2008. Thursday's closing session comprises a catalogue of 170 horses.

Six horses sold for A$200,000 or more, with a top lot of A$300,000 (£166.667/€188.333) going to Leon McDonald. He bought the Starcraft colt out of Tayusu Run, consigned by Mill Park Stud.

Starcraft has made an encouraging start with his southern hemisphere first-crop including recent Blue Slipper Stakes winner Star Witness.

The colt's dam, Tayasu Run, is by a Japanese-bred son of Sunday Silence, Tayasu Tsuyoshi, and she won twice in Japan including at Listed level. She is out of a half-sister to the Australian Derby winner The Bukhra.

Form Bloodstock of South Africa signed for three A$200,000 plus lots, two sons of Fastnet Rockand a Rock Of Gibraltar colt. They paid A$200,000 (£111,111/€125,556) for the Fastnet Rock out of the Listed-placed mare Zakuro and A$230,000 (£127,778/€144,389) for a winning sister to Group 3 winner Brockman's Lass.

Coolmore's Fastnet Rock, who this year shuttles to Ireland for the first time, was the sire of four of the top ten lots of the day.

Inglis director Peter Heaney said: "The recordof Melbourne graduates speaks for itself and with that reputation growing all the time, there was plenty of incentive for buyers to be here at Oaklands this week to secure the stars of tomorrow.

"Vendors at this sale have continued to offer outstanding prospects and we are very pleased to see them rewarded with the results that have unfolded here over the past three days."

"It is worth noting that more than a third of the stakes winners from this sale in the past two seasons sold for A$50,000 or less and there are some very nice yearlings still to go through the ring tomorrow," he added.




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