Strong Finish to Great Southern Sale

Group placed mare Swampland stole the limelight on the final day of the Great Southern Sale on Wednesday.

Swampland
Swampland  Picture: Racing and Sports

Swampland, a G2-placed mare, was sold by her owners and trainer Henry Dwyer to Douglas Stutt for $125,000.

"We're really happy with the result, it's a great group of owners in the mare and she goes on to the next phase of her career," Dwyer said.

"She was incredibly unlucky not to have won one, if not two, black type races.

"She no doubt goes to one of the upper-level stallions being the type of mare she is. I'll be eagerly awaiting her babies at the sales.''

The 2019 Great Southern Sale saw 644 lots sell for a gross of $17,698,550, a rise of 11 percent and almost $2 million on last year's figure.

The average rose by $8000 to $27,482 with the top price being $360,000.

The select weanlings offered on the first two days averaged $32,388 (33% increase) with a median of $18,000 and a clearance rate of almost 80%

A total of 22 weanlings sold for $100,000 or more, up from 15 in 2018.

The broodmares average of $25,063 was up 27% from a gross of $5,107,250, up 15%.

A total of nine horses sold for $200,000 or more during the four days.

2019 MELBOURNE GREAT SOUTHERN SALE STATISTICS

(2018 in brackets)

Lots Sold: 644 (798)

Clearance Rate: 78% (82%)

Average Price: $27,482 ($19,897)

Top Price: $360,000 ($380,000)

Gross: $17,698,550 ($15,877,473)


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