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Inglis pushes Ready2Race date to October 26

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Inglis has opted to push the date of its Ready2Race Sale back by two weeks until Tuesday, October 26 in a bid to maximise attendance at Riverside Stables, as New South Wales plots a path out of COVID-19 lockdowns over the next month.

The sales company has undertaken significant discussion with the New South Wales Government, and in consultation with vendors and buyers, has opted to push back from its original date of October 12.

Mark Webster

It sees the Ready2Race Sale retain its position as the first of the Australasian breeze-up sales season, with the Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale to be held on November 8 and 9 and the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale to follow at Karaka on November 19 and 20.

Inglis’ Managing Director Mark Webster said the change in dates made sense given the levels of public vaccination in New South Wales were expected to edge towards the crucial threshold of 70 per cent by mid-October, which would allow some restrictions to be lifted.

“We have been in regular conversation with Deputy Premier John Barilaro, his department and NSW Health officials the past couple of months regarding this Sale and the continuity of our business operations to keep our industry on foot, but rest assured all activities are being conducted with the health and safety of our clients and staff as our paramount priority," Webster said.

“Thoroughbred racing has continued throughout this pandemic and it’s important that sales like this one continue to supply horses to support race fields, syndicators and training stables into the future.

“With the NSW Government set to ease restrictions once the double vaccinated population reaches 70 per cent by mid-October, we believe that the new date will allow us to maximise the number of buyers in attendance at the Sale."

"We believe that the new date (October 26) will allow us to maximise the number of buyers in attendance at the Sale." - Mark Webster

The New South Wales Government confirmed its roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions recently, with the 70 per cent double vaccinated milestone to enable public events, with mandates in place around density and mask wearing.

On current projections, New South Wales is expected to reach 70 per cent of the adult population being fully vaccinated by October 14, with 80 per cent expected to be achieved by October 27.

As things stood on Tuesday, 78.76 per cent have had their first vaccination, and 46.48 per cent have been double vaccinated.

Inglis has confirmed it will be guided by public health directions surrounding vaccination status of attendees at the Sale.

“Regardless, the Sale will be held as a COVID-safe event with the backing and support of the NSW Government and we can’t wait to have people back on the grounds at Riverside for what will be one of the first events in Greater Sydney to be held post lockdown," Webster said.

Catalogue highly anticipated

The 185-strong Inglis Ready2Race catalogue was released last month, with the sales company claiming it as one of the strongest-ever breeze-up catalogues.

"I think primarily the strength of the catalogue comes from the calibre of people which have presented horses for the Sale. We work with a broad spectrum of very competitive horse people, who are experts in talent spotting and development of elite athletes," Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Sales and Marketing, Sebastian Hutch, said at the time.

"We have got a very strong group of vendors for the Sale and I think that's exciting for people who are looking to buy."

"We have got a very strong group of vendors for the Sale and I think that's exciting for people who are looking to buy." - Sebastian Hutch

There are 2-year-olds on offer from all of Australia's leading stallions, such as I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Exceed And Excel, Capitalist, Fastnet Rock, Pierro, Written Tycoon and Zoustar as well as first-season stallions such as Russian Revolution, Merchant Navy, Almanzor (Fr), Hellbent, Invader, Pariah, Highland Reel (Ire), Caravaggio (USA), Churchill (Ire) and Impending.

There are 66 2-year-olds in the catalogue which cost $50,000 or more as weanlings or yearlings, with 15 horses out of stakes-winning mares and 14 siblings to stakes winners.

The first breeze-up session took place at Seymour last Friday, with a colt by Russian Revolution out of Fiery Jest (Testa Rossa), offered by Valiant Stud, recording the fastest breeze-up time of 10.22s.

The next sessions will take place at Eagle Farm on Wednesday and Hawkesbury on Friday, while Cambridge will host New Zealand-based 2-year-olds on Monday, September 20.

The final breeze up session will now be held on Friday, October 22 at a venue to be confirmed in coming weeks.

The Sale has produced graduates such as dual Group 1 winner Nettoyer (Sebring), Group 2 winners Allibor (All Too Hard) and Lightsaber (Zoustar), multiple stakes winner Trumbull (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}) and Group 2 winning-Hong Kong sprinter Wishful Thinker (I Am Invincible).

Inglis Ready2Race Sale
Mark Webster
Sebastian Hutch
New South Wales Government