A fifth consecutive sale gross in excess of $3m saw the first six months of 2020 trade on the Inglis Digital Online platform eclipse the entire 2019 earnings.
The June (Late) sale realised $3,053,950 on Friday, bringing the overall tally of the twice-monthly online auctions so far for 2020 to $22,217,650 in just six months, surpassing the gross for the entire 2019 of $22,129,633.
Friday's sale was topped by stakes-placed two-year-old Jemss (Exosphere), who was purchased by Tom Nikolic Racing for $155,000.
Consigned by her former trainer David Payne and catalogued as Lot 88, the filly is out the unraced More Than Ready (Southern Halo) mare Carbon Tax, making her a half-sister to three time winner Emissions (Mossman).
The filly's third dam is Listed winner Leica Jewel (Best Western), the dam of 1992 Victoria Derby winner (Gr 1, 2500m) Redding (Nassipour).
Nikolic, who regained his trainers' licence three weeks ago and will train out of Cranbourne, expressed his delight at being able to secure the filly.
"She's only had the five runs and is already Stakes placed, she's got a lot of potential and I can't wait to get her down here,'' Nikolic said.
"I really like her sire, I think Exosphere throws a great type and Jemss is certainly that, she's a very strong and progressive filly and being lightly raced she has no issues, seems a pretty straight forward filly.
"She's rising three so if she can perform on the track as we hope then she'll have really good residual value as a broodmare as well.
"I'm very happy with that price, she's a nice filly who will let down into a beautiful mare,'' the trainer said.
"She's got black type which is a big plus too down the track."
Dance (Not A Single Doubt) was the next most expensive lot sold online on Friday, after he was purchased by A Value Consulting Limited for $135,000.
Offered by Newgate Farm and catalogued as Lot 1, the colt was trained by Peter and Paul Snowden for whom he placed for on three occasions.
A Value Consulting Limited's Director Dr Alan Lee – who also purchased Esperance (Bernardini), the top lot at the June (Early) Online Auction - said Dance would be gelded and initially trained by Bjorn Baker at Warwick Farm, before ultimately being sent to Hong Kong to finish his career.
"Being by Not A Single Doubt, Dance can race for a long time and he's very suitable for long-term racing life in Hong Kong,'' Dr. Lee said.
"According to his pedigree and conformation he should be a miler or middle distance in Hong Kong, we just need to be patient with him.
"Our original budget was $100,000 but we advised our client to increase the budget for this beautiful colt.
"Bjorn Baker is A Value Consulting Limited's loyal partner in Australia and we have worked with many pretty horses before. He helped us to manage the inspection before bidding.
"Our research team will study all horses including broodmares in each Inglis online sale to find some bargain choices for our clients.''
The colt is out of unraced Starcraft (Soviet Star) mare Tango, who is herself a sister to Group 3 winner Lunar Rise and a half-sister to Listed scorer Crafty (Manhattan Rain).
Further afield this is the same family as Group 1 winner and top-class sire Peintre Celebre (Nureyev). Henry Field from Newgate Farm was pleased with the result.
"We're very satisfied with the price and to be fair we sell the majority of our tried horses through Inglis Digital – mostly unreserved - and we feel we consistently get a fair price with plenty of positive surprises thrown in,'' Field said.
"We take pride in the stock we offer and we've sold a lot of future winners off the platform which is something we have wanted to do from the outset, to be known as sellers of winners.
"It's a super transparent marketplace and that's what I really like about it.''
Another happy participant of the sale was Nick Williams, who sold all four of his offerings – Group 3 winner Venice Beach (Galileo), Spanish Steps (Galileo), Sir Edwin Landseer (Galileo) and Baritone (Camelot) – in the Hudson Conway Racing draft.
"We're thrilled they've all been sold and have all found quality new homes. They'll win plenty of races between them,'' Williams said.
"The Inglis Digital platform is fantastic, so user-friendly and it's great to see the bloodstock world come into the 21st century with Inglis leading the way online.''
Entries are now open for the July (Early) Online Auction, which is scheduled to run from July 10-15.