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Premier expectations after catalogue release

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The catalogue for the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale has been released and both vendors and buyers are excited by the 786 lots on offer.

Buyers and vendors will bring big expectations to Inglis' Melbourne Premier Sale in March after the catalogue was released with a total of 786 lots.

With 73 siblings to stakes-winners including eight Group 1 winners - such as Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time (Flying Spur), Melbourne Cup winner Shocking (Street Cry {Ire}) and Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker (Reset) - there is plenty of quality in the catalogue.

There is also progeny of 84 stakes-winning mares including six Group 1 winners, with 120 sires represented in total, including 22 first-season sires.

“The breeders and vendors have shown outstanding support by backing the Premier Yearling Sale yet again and for that we are, as always, extremely grateful,’’ Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian said.

The 2019 Inglis Premier Catalogue will feature a sibling to G1 Caulfield Cup winner, Boom Time

“This sale has produced some outstanding horses in recent times and I have no doubt there are many more like them among the 2019 catalogue."

“The breeders and vendors have shown outstanding support by backing the Premier Yearling Sale yet again." - Simon Vivian

The sale starts on Monday March 3, with Book 1, which features 514 yearlings, to be conducted until March 5. Book 2, with 272 lots, then takes place on the conclusion of Book 1 on March 5 and runs into March 6.

The Oaklands site is undergoing an $8 million renovation which attendees at the Premier Sale will get a first look at.

"The Oaklands renovation is coming along nicely and everybody will see the stunning new-look development at Premier next year," Vivian said.

Supreme quality to match quantity

The biggest draft of the sale will come from Supreme Thoroughbreds, with 44 in total across both books.

General Manager Brent Grayling said with a sole focus on the Premier Sale this year for their yearlings, Supreme will have the quality to match the quantity.

"We’ve got some really good support from the Hunter Valley, from the likes of Segenhoe, Coolmore and Aquis, who are all sending us yearlings by really well-bred horses." - Supreme Thoroughbreds General Manager, Brent Grayling

"There is probably a few more than normal, but we are doing Premier (Book) 2s this year so. We’ve got 30 Premier 1 horses which is what we usually have, and then 14 Premier 2 horses, which we haven’t done the last couple of years," he said.

'Team Supreme' ready to go at the 2018 Inglis Premier Sale

"We’ve got some really good support from the Hunter Valley, from the likes of Segenhoe, Coolmore and Aquis, who are all sending us yearlings by really well-bred horses, Snitzel, Fastnet Rock and some really well-credentialled stallions."

"Plus we've got a really good draft of our own. We are really strong on paper and on type really strong as well."

"We are really strong on paper and on type really strong as well." - Brent Grayling

Grayling expects the yearlings from the Hunter Valley farms to arrive in the next fortnight but is very excited by what Supreme has to offer themselves.

He highlighted Lot 360, by Brazen Beau out of On The Loose (Strategic), making him a half-brother to stakes-placed pair Wazzenme and Free of Doubt as well as Lot 280, an I Am Invincible colt out of Love Ends, who is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Red Dazzler.

Brent Grayling is particularly excited about a colt by Brazen Beau

He is also excited to be offering Lot 141, a colt by Written Tycoon out of Demasheen (Fastnet Rock).

"He's a screamer. Inglis rated him right up the top of all the horses they’ve seen this year." - Brent Grayling on Lot 141

"He's a screamer. Inglis rated him right up the top of all the horses they’ve seen this year," Grayling said.

Supreme Thoroughbreds are all-in on Premier this year, sending their best yearlings to the sale having split their offering in previous years.

Written Tycoon

"We went to Classic last year for a couple of reasons. We had the horses to suit and we knew it was the first sale at that complex and knew there would be a bit of hype around it," Grayling said.

"We really wanted to support the Victorian sale and we are bringing all our good horses here. It’s important for us, given we live in the state, that we are seen to support the sale here."

Blueblood back for more

G1 Champagne S. winner Seabrook (NZ) (Hinchinbrook) has been the poster child of the Melbourne Premier Sale over the past 12 months.

Blueblood Thoroughbreds paid $85,000 for her in 2017 and understandably will be back in 2019 with plenty of enthusiasm.

"It's a great sale. There's always plenty of quality there and plenty to go around for everyone and it’s good value buying," Blueblood's David Mourad said.

"It's a great sale. There's always plenty of quality there and plenty to go around for everyone and it’s good value buying." - David Mourad

"Given that good quality, it makes an even playing field for everyone. It's an even bunch of good thoroughbreds."

Seabrook winning the G1 Champagne S.

Seabrook seriously came onto Blueblood's radar at the 2017 Premier Sale after a discussion with trainer Mick Price.

"We've got our own boxes we like to tick when buying horses. She ticked those boxes. One thing was that Mick Price really loved her a lot. When Mick says he loves a horse, we really listen," he said.

"She was a well put-together filly, nice big girth on her. I think that's one thing that stood out, plenty of quality there. She had a good nature and passed the vets test. She was correct in conformation. All the things they need to be to be able to syndicate."

"Mick Price really loved her a lot. When Mick says he loves a horse, we really listen." - David Mourad

"She was a bargain buy in hindsight. At that time, paying $85,000 for a filly by Hinchinbrook wasn't a huge amount, I wouldn’t say we stole her. She was a good buy still."

Seabrook as a yearling

The 2019 sale features a half-brother to Seabrook, Lot 310, by Rich Hill's Proisir being offered by Maluka Thoroughbreds and he is likely to come onto Blueblood's radar ahead of the sale.

"We'll definitely look at him. Being the half to Seabrook, we'll have a look and if he can be secured for the right price, naturally, you are going to get a lot of our current owners interested. A lot of our clients know her and know what she is capable of," Mourad said.

"I spoke to Bjorn Baker about the older brother by Proisir. He had good comments about him, not as precocious as Seabrook was, but he's trialled once or twice and is having a break now."

"I think the dam throws nice types. Bjorn likes that one. If this one is anything like the others, we will certainly have our eyes on him."

Blueblood bought three lots at last year's Premier Sale, including a $110,000 filly by Dissident out of stakes-winner Rock Robster (Fastnet Rock), called Resident, who is now with Price.

Resident as a yearling, one of three lots Blueblood Thoroughbreds purchased at this year's Inglis Premier Sale

"Resident, she's a lovely filly, not overly big. There are similarities to Seabrook. The way they broke in, the reports are that she's very smart," he said.

"She's a nice mover, a good solid filly. We've found she's a little immature in her knees. We had to pull up stumps and give her a good holiday."

"She's probably got a couple of months out. That's one thing you have to pinpoint in the young ones if you need to. We are just looking after them and they'll have their time."