PERTH’S State Equestrian Centre played host on Sunday to the last of APG’s 2019 round of yearling sales, with 122 quality Westbred yearlings going under the hammer.
Western Australia’s commercial breeders have really stepped to the fore in recent years, with APG’s 2017 crop of Perth Sales graduates including champions like Its Rock And Roll, To Fast To Serious, Shockwave and Patrickthepiranha, whilst the current crop of Perth Sales Graduates already includes the brilliant filly Double Expresso and fellow Group One winner, Major Martini.
Buoyed by a renewed confidence in the local product, Western Australian buyers showed their support on Sunday, bidding strongly throughout the day to set new records for both sales average and turnover.
In total, Sunday’s sale saw 94 of the 122 lots sell at an average of $18,253, an increase of 13.1 per cent on the prior year. Gross turnover was $1.715million, up by over 28 per cent on the prior year, whilst the clearance rate of 76.4 per cent was healthy enough, but was around five per cent down on the prior year, no doubt due to the large increase in the number of yearlings that went under the hammer this year.
Steve Johnson had a day to remember, breeding and preparing both the top priced colt and the top priced filly. The colt, a Somebeachsomewhere brother to Group One winner, Red Hot Roxy, was knocked down to Rob Tomlinson for $87,500, whilst the filly, a Bettors Delight sister to Group One winner, Bettor Reward, went to Justin Prentice for $70,000.
APG’s General Manager, David Boydell, was thrilled with the sales results, explaining “We’re delighted with the way buyers have supported the local product at this year’s sales.
“There is no doubt that local breeders have invested heavily to lift the quality of the stock that they are presenting at the sales, so it is really satisfying to see buyers reward their efforts.
“Whilst it was pleasing to see the progeny of the ‘Big Five’ stallions sell well, it was equally exciting to see some strong sales from other stallions, with Hes Watching, Four Starzzz Shark, Tintin In America, Rock N Roll Heaven and Follow The Stars all siring progeny that sold north of $30,000.
“The bottom line is that we’re really pleased with the growth of our Perth Sale over the last three years, which has seen sales averages rise by over 34 per cent. We’re proud of the way our Perth breeders have supported the sales with quality horses, and we’re extremely appreciative of the way our Perth buyers have supported the sales and rewarded our breeders for their hard work.
“I’m confident that this year’s crop of graduates will prove their worth when they start to hit the track in twelve months’ time, which will provide further proof to breeders that they are on the right path, and will further convince buyers of the benefits of supporting the local product.
“Thank you to all the breeders and buyers who helped to make this year’s sales a success, and also to RWWA for their continued support of the WA Sales Classics and Westbred Bonus Scheme.”
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- APG Media