04/19/2006 11:00PM

Inglis sale sets records all across the board

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Australia's Inglis Easter sale got the select yearling auction season off to a promising start this week. The three-day sale in Newmarket, Sydney, broke records for top price, top filly price, gross receipts, and average price.

The sale-topper, a $3 million Australian Redoute's Choice-Deja Slew colt, soared past the previous Australian yearling record of $2.5 million Australian, set at this sale in 2005. Trainer Charles Laird bought the colt from Yarraman Park's consignment. In American currency, the colt's record price was approximately $2,240,849.

Yarraman Park also sold the auction's most expensive filly, a $2.6 million Australian daughter of Encosta de Lago and Oceanfest. Coolmore agent Demi O'Byrne's final bid for her topped the third and final session Thursday. In U.S. dollars, the filly's price was approximately $1,917,240.

Yarraman Park completed a top-price trifecta, selling the auction's third most expensive lot, as well. That was a $2.3 million Australian Redoute's Choice colt out of Exact that Tim Stakemire purchased.

Overall, the auction sold 406 yearlings for approximately $86,371,662 U.S., an average price of about $212,738 U.S. The top of the market was especially buoyant, with 14 lots selling for seven figures this year, up from eight last season.

The engine driving the upper-market gains was Redoute's Choice. A 10-year-old son of Danehill, he had 35 lots in the auction and was responsible for six of the auction's 14 millionaires. The average sale price for his offspring was approximately $524,435 U.S.

Redoute's Choice stands at Arrowfield.

Inglis's managing director, Reg Inglis, credited Redoute's Choice for adding considerable sizzle to the auction and called the sale "amazing."

"It is the greatest sale ever held in this part of the world," Inglis declared. "After the first day, it was so successful we knew it would continue."

A number of prominent international buyers - including American Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stables, Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's agent John Ferguson, and Japanese trainer Hideyuki Mori - attended the auction.

Tattersalls has gains also

The Inglis Easter sale wasn't the only overseas auction enjoying gains. The two-day Tattersalls juvenile sale in Newmarket, England, also ended Thursday with increases.

A Green Desert-Alexander Three D colt topped the auction on a final bid of 625,000 guineas, or approximately $1,168,125. A Japanese owner and breeder, Katsumi Yoshida, purchased the colt, who is out of a Group 3 winner and is from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Golden Apples. Irish-based Mocklersville Stables was the consignor.

In all, the two days of selling saw strong gains over last year's figures. The auction's 2006 edition sold 147 juveniles for approximately $20,065,584 and an average price of approximately $136,501. In the local currency of guineas, gross receipts shot up by more than 60 percent over last year, when 124 lots sold, while the average price increased by 43 percent.

Filly posts Ocala under-tack mark

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April juvenile sale is set for April 25-28 at the Ocala, Fla., auction house, and the 2-year-olds already are being put through their paces.

On Wednesday, at the first of four preview days for the sale, a Yonaguska-Readout filly breezed three-eighths in 32.80 seconds, the fastest work ever recorded at OBS at that distance. Sescan, agent for Paul King, is offering the filly as Hip No. 10.

The fastest quarter-mile time was 21 seconds, posted by a Seacliff-Star Julia colt. Nick de Meric, agent, has the colt in his consignment. The colt will sell as Hip No. 186.

The fastest workers over an eighth of a mile were Hip No. 49, a Yes It's True-Rue de la Play filly, and Hip No. 237, a West Acre-Telling Tales colt. Both covered the eighth-mile in 10.20 seconds. Hip No. 49 is in the Off the Hook agency's consignment, and Hip No. 237 is offered by Double H Stables, agent.

The workouts were to continue through Saturday, starting daily at 9 a.m.