Proudly supporting a landmark industry event, Young Professionals in Racing (YPR) were hosted by leading bloodstock powerhouse, Inglis, at their annual Sydney Classic Yearling sale held yesterday.
Gathered for an early breakfast on the balcony of the Inglis Newmarket Restaurant (Randwick), more than 50 YPR racing enthusiasts met to gain insights into the up-and-coming talent to be sold over the course of the two-day sale.
Inglis managing director, Mark Webster, said it was great to see so many new faces attending the Classic sale which is known as a fantastic “bang for your buck” event, annually producing some top-performing winners at Group One level.
“What Young Professionals in Racing is doing to help broaden and promote the thoroughbred racing industry is truly wonderful for our sport – we’re pleased with their attendance and support of the Classic Yearling Sale and hope to see them at future industry events,” Mr Webster said.
“We’ve had some of our experienced bloodstock agents present to the YPR group today during breakfast, providing an introduction to what bloodstock sales are all about, the purchasing process, inspecting the horses – all a fascinating part of the industry. The more educated the next generation of racing become, the more opportunities there will be for future horse ownership and support the sport.”
During the breakfast, YPR members received a briefing conducted by young Inglis bloodstock agent James Price, who explained the basics of a bloodstock sale from sourcing the yearlings at stud, right through to the sale ring.
In co-ordination with Inglis, Young Professionals in Racing subsequently hosted tours of the world class Newmarket complex, with bloodstock agents, trainers and vendors providing private inspections of the horses to be sold.
Young Professionals in Racing chair, Kathryn Thomson, said it was a first-time event for YPR, providing an opportunity for members of the group to experience the “behind-the-scenes” aspect of racing.
“Bloodstock sales are a great way to get to know the racing industry away from the track, with the opportunity to mingle with trainers, vendors, bloodstock agents and buyers – it’s fantastic and really sets the scene for what’s in store for the season ahead,” Kathryn said.
“There was great action in the sale ring today with lots of keen bidders – I think our members really got a lot out of witnessing this process first-hand. Inglis has provided wonderful support and hospitality for this event and we hope that the 2013 sales prove to be hugely successful for them.”
In the past two years the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale has produced seven individual Group One winners including Fiveandahalfstar (winner of the 2012 VRC Derby Day) and million-dollar earners such as Sincero, Manawanui and Secret Admirer. Other Group One winners include Ilovethiscity, Hurtle Myrtle and The Verminator.
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Source : Racing NSW