Dates confirmed for Ready2Race Sale

20th Jan 2021

The schedule for the 2021 edition of Australia’s most successful 2YO auction – the Inglis Ready2Race Sale – has today been confirmed.

Off the back of a record-breaking sale in 2020, the sale will take place as a physical auction at Riverside Stables on Tuesday October 5, making it the first 2YO auction of the season.

Breeze ups will again be held at Seymour, Eagle Farm, Warwick Farm and Cambridge throughout September before the auction in Sydney three days after Epsom Day on the October long weekend.

“The Ready2Race market in Australia is very progressive, as evidenced by the involvement of a lot of the major domestic buyers in the 2020 renewal of our sale,’’ Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Sales and Marketing Sebastian Hutch said.

“More and more good horses are graduating from the sale – Nettoyer, Wishful Thinker, Allibor, Trumbull, Stageman and Malkovich among others – and the confidence in the format, thanks to the professional work of the preparers and consignors, just grows and grows.

“James Harron, Guy Mulcaster, Andrew Williams, Bjorn Baker, Bevan Smith, Matthew Smith, Mick Price & Michael Kent, Busuttin Racing, Gerald Ryan, First Light Racing, Duncan Ramage, Bluebloods, Roll The Dice, Mark Pilkington, Wattle Bloodstock and others were amongst the leading domestic buyers at the sale in 2020, while there were significant buyers like Waterhouse/Bott and Darby Racing who bid hard but just couldn’t land a horse such was the competition for horses.

“Combine that with the fact that international involvement in the sale through the likes of Bon Ho, Caspar Fownes, Shane Baertschiger, Aramco Racing, Bridle Bloodstock and Macau Jockey Club to name a few, was incredibly strong, and there is every reason to be optimistic about the market going forward.

“We are very much looking forward to our Classic Yearling Sale at Riverside in little over two weeks time and that sale provides one of the best opportunities of the year to purchase a yearling to then breeze up and trade through the Ready2Race Sale.

“We have brought the sale date forward slightly at the suggestion of buyers to allow them to target more of the Spring two-year-old races with their purchases, but the breeze up schedule remains the same to last year.

“A number of the leading horse people and consignors have already committed their support to the 2021 renewal and we are optimistic that the sale can be the ‘best ever’ in terms of the quality of horses that will be offered and the results.’’

Despite the challenging conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which severely limited attendance at the sale, the 2020 Inglis Ready2Race Sale was an enormous success.

Not only was the record-breaking gross of $11.6m 83% greater than our nearest Australian competitor, the auction set a new record top price of $610,000 (pictured) – the highest price at an Australian 2YO Sale in over a decade – and saw 39 lots sell for $100,000 or more to 32 different buyers.

The sale average of $97,017 was up 22% year-on-year and was the highest of any of the southern hemisphere auction houses – 84% higher than our nearest Australian competitor and 13% ahead of our nearest NZ competitor.

2021 Inglis Ready2Race Schedule

Friday September 10 – Seymour breeze ups, Victoria (Synthetic)

Tuesday September 14 – Eagle Farm breeze ups, Queensland* (Dirt)

Friday September 17 – Warwick Farm breeze ups, NSW (Synthetic)

Monday September 20 – Cambridge breeze ups, NZ* (Synthetic)

Friday October 1 – Warwick Farm alternate breeze ups, NSW (Synthetic)

Tuesday October 5 – 2021 Inglis Ready2Race Sale, Riverside Stables

*TBC, subject to entry numbers

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