Premier the place for a Showdown

Inglis Melbourne Premer Sale at Oaklands Junction complex, 3-6 March 2019

The 2019 Inglis Premier Sale, which kicks off next Sunday 3rd March, continues to present itself as a fantastic opportunity for trainers and owners to support the Victorian breeding industry and chase lucrative VOBIS incentives.

Past Victorian-bred graduates of this sale include Black Caviar, Ringerdingding, Rock’N’Gold, Tropezina and Cliff’s Edge, as well as Sunday’s Hong Kong Classic Cup winner Mission Tycoon.

This year’s edition features 786 lots from 79 vendors, 57 of those being Victorian farms. Established Victorian based stallions represented include Written Tycoon, Artie Schiller, Brazen Beau and Turffontein. Furthermore, five of the 22 first season sires are Victorian based – Rich Enuff (Woodside Park), Ready for Victory (Sun Stud), Trust in a Gust (Swettenham Stud), Night of Thunder (Darley Northwood) and Nostradamus (Rosemont Stud). 

Victorian based farms also take up the Top 5 spots for leading vendors by numbers – Supreme Thoroughbreds (44), Maluka Thoroughbreds (31), Blue Gum Farm (30), Erinvale Thoroughbreds (27) and Rosemont Stud (25).

Not only are all lots eligible to enter the $8 million Inglis Race Series,436 lots are nominated for VOBIS, including 229 eligible lots for VOBIS Sires. VOBIS Gold nominees are eligible to participate in $4.45 million worth of prizemoney, with the Showdown being one of those races. Racing Victoria’s announcement this time last year of the inaugural Showdown saw a flurry of buyers keen to pick up those eligible Victorian sired yearlings. With an additional $500,000 1600m VOBIS Sires racefor 3-year-olds being introduced in 2020, there is little doubt this sale will also see the same level of participation.

Trainer Tony McEvoy may already have a number of VOBIS horses in his stable, however he will no doubt be looking to secure a few more to chase next season’s riches.

“I do it (the inspection process) back to front. I will look at all the lots, find the athlete first then the page tells me how much it will cost,” said Tony.

“I buy because I like the horse but it is a comfort to know they are eligible for the VOBIS bonuses.” he said.

Warrnambool based Symon Wilde is another trainer ready to open the chequebook next week. And whilst he will not have a runner in this year’s Showdown, he will still be on the lookout for VOBIS eligible yearlings. 

“Being predominately Victorian based, our stable clients who are interested in buying yearlings this year admit that the VOBIS scheme is a big incentive, a real added bonus. They are pleased with the results achieved by Victorian bred, sold and raced horses,” said Symon.

“They (Inglis) have built up an excellent book, the quality has been maintained, and there are genuine prospects on offer, over the right number of days. Let’s hope I find a few good ones to take home.” He said.

Running from 3rd to 6th March, the Premier Sale will be held at the new-look Oaklands Junction complex, which is currently undergoing an $8m renovation. Yearling inspections commence as early as Tuesday for some drafts. Please visit for more information and to download your catalogue.

Inglis Oaklands Complex (Racing Photos)

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