Elzaam (nearside): Coventry Stakes second is one of a handful northern hemisphere-bred runners by leading Australian sire Redoute's ChoicePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Inglis to offer northern hemisphere-breds
INGLIS have announced plans to stage a session for yearlings bred to northern hemisphere time at their Easter Yearling Sale from 2012.
The move, which comes as the result of the increasing globalisation of the industry, was welcomed by Arrowfield Stud owner John Messara as it "acknowledges the global recognition and success of Australian stallions, racehorses and breeders".
In addition, while Australasian buyers were particularly prominent at last year's Tattersalls December Sale, several will not ship their mares back to the southern hemisphere until they have foaled in Europe.
"This will provide an opportunity for local breeders to mate to highly commercial sires with international appeal during their off season," said Mark Webster, managing director of Inglis.
"The new concept also gives Australian breeders who have purchased mares in foal from the northern hemisphere to sell here in Australia.
"Instead of leaving the mares north of the equator to foal down, they can bring them back to Australia immediately and then offer those yearlings for sale here."
He added: "The growth of racing in Asia and the international appeal of Australian bloodlines provides genuine market opportunities for yearlings bred to northern hemisphere time."