The emerging influence of Yulong and the burgeoning strength of Victoria’s stallion offering is front and centre in the catalogue of 800 yearlings to be offered for sale at the 2024 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

While there are yearlings by 126 sires among the catalogue, there is especially strong representation from two of Victoria’s leading stallions, Rosemont’s Shamus Award (32) and Yulong’s Written Tycoon (30).

Rosemont’s first-season stallion Hanseatic also has 30, while Swettenham Stud’s Toronado has 29. Yulong pair Tagaloa (first crop) and Alabama Express (second crop) have 26 and 21 respectively.  

Yulong, which has emerged as Victoria’s, if not Australia’s biggest breeder over the past two years, has by far the biggest representation of any vendor with 76 yearlings on offer, while Widden Stud has 43 and Rosemont Stud 41.

Stallion representation in Inglis Premier catalogue

Stallions Numbers Stallions Numbers
Shamus Award 32 Doubtland 16
Hanseatic 30 Nicconi 16
Written Tycoon 30 Russian Camelot 15
Toronado 29 Dirty Work 14
Tagaloa 26 Earthlight 14
Alabama Express 21 Capitalist 14
Blue Point 19 Trapeze Artist 14
Ole Kirk 18 Brazen Beau 13
So You Think 18 King's Legacy 13
Lucky Vega 17 Hellbent 13

All in all, there are 69 vendors offering yearlings across both the Premier Session, which has 540 catalogued, and the Showcase Session, which has 240 in the book.

“A tremendously broad cross section of leading Victorian breeders are represented in the sale and it is particularly pleasing to have strong representation from two of the most exciting young stallions in Australia at the moment, Alabama Express and Blue Point, both of whom are Victorian-based,” Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager James Price said.

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There are 24 first-season sires represented in the Premier catalogue, including the two above plus Wootton Bassett, Farnan, Bivouac, Ole Kirk, Fierce Impact, Ghaiyyath, King’s Legacy, Lucky Vega, Peltzer, Prague and Russian Camelot.

The average price at the Premier Sale increased from $96,992 in 2018 to $130,080 in 2022, but took a step back to $110,961 last year as market demand cooled.