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Sacred Kingdom: his brother was bought by trainer Dean Binaisse for A$345,000 on the third day of the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale

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Sacred Kingdom brother tops Melbourne sale

A BROTHER to Hong Kong champion Sacred Kingdom took centre stage on the third day of the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands on Wednesday when Session One closed with increases in the overall average and gross for the fourth consecutive year.

A high clearance rate of 80% helped push the average to A$73,616 (£50,078/ €59,377) and median to A$60,000 (£40,816/ €48,393), taking the gross past A$31 million (£21,088,428/ €25,014,174).

Four-time Hong Kong Champion Sprinter Sacred Kingdom has been a fantastic flagbearer for the Victorian breeding industry and the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale since being snapped up by trainer Ricky Yiu from the draft of Kornong Stud Farm at the 2005 Melbourne Sale for A$200,000.

The son of Encosta de Lago has recorded 17 race victories so far in his career and netted his lucky owner Sin Kan Yuk just under HK$46 million (A$5.75million) in prizemoney.

Kornong Stud offered his brotherfor sale this year with the strapping colt purchased by Victorian trainer Dean Binaisse for A$345,000 (£234,415, €278,235).

A Fastnet Rock colt from Crystal Choir realised A$330,000 (£224,223 /€266,138) to the bid of Segenhoe Stud while Ricky Yiu was again among the big spenders, going to A$340,000 (£230,921/ €274,087) to purchase the first foal of stakes placed mare Elusive Wonder, also by Fastnet Rock.

Singapore trainer Cliff Brown also pounced, going to A$260,000 (£176,586/ €274,087) to secure Tyreel Stud's colt by Pins from top filly Crossyourheart.

Swettenham Stud had the honour of selling Black Caviar from their 2008 Melbourne Premier draft and offered a Reset-Illusional filly this year, with the great type knocked down to Malua Bloodstock and Bahen Bloodstock for A$230,000 (£156,211/ €185,412).

"Like the graduates that have been purchased here such as Black Caviar, Sacred Kingdom, Starspangledbanner, Pinker Pinker, Weekend Hussler and Igugu, the Melbourne Premier sale keeps improving year after year", said Inglis Melbourne Director Peter Heagney.

"I would like to thank all our vendors for preparing such quality athletic yearlings to this year's sale, which has resulted in a very strong clearance rate and confirmation that MelbournePremier is one of the best yearling sales in the Southern Hemisphere.

"It has been very pleasing to see our bloodstock team working well to get private sales done on horses that passed-in over the past three days."

Private sales took the clearance rates for the first two days of the sale to 81% and 84% respectively.

"On Thursday we move into Session Two of the sale which has proven a very happy hunting ground for both trainers, pinhookers and agents in the past", Heageny said.

"75% of the 154 yearlings left for us to offer are Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold eligible and with the addition of increased prizemoney here in Victoria we lookforward to the final day of the Premier Sale for 2012."

An extra injection of A$18.7million into the Victorian industry was announced on Monday by RV Chief Executive Rob Hines, confirming that owners of a VOBIS Gold & Super VOBIS qualified horse will collect A$27,185 when winning a standard A$15,000 Victorian country race in the 2012-13 racing season.

In Melbourne the owner of a qualified horse winning a standard A$80,000 Saturday metropolitan race with a VOBIS Gold & Super VOBIS bonus attached will pocket A$78,900.

 

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