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Samantha Miss breaks Australian filly record

Inglis Easter broodmare sale:
select session comparative figs
2009 587 492 372 21,810,000 58,629
2008 546 483 394 44,911,700 113,989

AS the champion filly Samantha Miss proved yesterday on the last day of the Inglis Easter broodmare sale when selling for an Australian record price for a filly, whatever might be troubling the world economically, good horses will always be in demand.

She was bought from Widden Stud for A$3,850,000 by Duncan Grimley, who was acting on behalf of Magic Millions as agent. He held off underbidder Tony Bott.

The filly will join the Strawberry Hill broodmare band either under John Singleton's sold ownership or in conjunction with his Magic Millions partner Gerry Harvey. She is likely to visit leading Australian two-year-old sire, More Than Ready, who stands at Vinery Stud and is sire of the last two winners of the Golden Slipper.

"She was probably a little bit more than I thought but you don't get too many chances ... she's a one and a half million dollar yearling who's won three Group 1 races. From that point of view, what more can you ask for? She's got a great temperament, she's a great type," said Grimley.

"I think the market has been outstanding," he added. "We've all come in expecting the worst and we're selling 80 per cent of the horses and most people are happy, so I think we might have dodged a bullet."

Samantha Miss was sold in the supplementary catalogue that also saw the Royal Academy mare Interfere make A$325,000.

The Select Session, including the supplementary catalogue, fetched an aggregate of A$21,810,000for 372 horses sold at an average A$58,629 and a clearance rate of 74 per cent.

On the down side, the aggregate fell by over half compared with 2008 and the average by 49 per cent. The clearance rate in 2008 was 82 per cent.

"We are very grateful to Ron Croghan and the Samantha Miss team for entrusting Inglis with her sale and it was wonderful to see her set a new record for a race filly off the track," said Inglis's managing director Mark Webster.

"The results achieved at this sale for well credentialed mares, particularly stakes fillies off the track, should give those looking to sell ahead of the breeding season the confidence to put them on the market."





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