melbourne If you’re sitting in Melbourne, Australia, right now, you’d be feeling psychologically battered by all the media hype about the “poorest corporate reporting period in a decade,” the “sub-prime” fallout, the impact on manufacturing, of the ever-strengthening “Oz Dollar” against its American counterpart etc.

Yet it seems at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale yesterday and today, that nobody is listening, not in the horse business anyway, where prices were up just short of 40%. That makes shopping for South Africans all the more difficult, especially when our team’s efforts are aimed at the Premium end in an effort to bolster the quality offerings at November’s Ready To Run extravaganza.

Nonetheless, patience rewards those that wait, and after a complete blank on day one, the Summerhill trio (the boss and two ‘judges’ in Annet Becker and Kerry Jack) had unearthed two jewels, a Galileo filly from the immediate family ofSummerhill Sire, Way West, and a smacking son of reigning Australian Champion Sire, Flying Spur.

For Ready To Run watchers, keep a lookout here. This show’s not closed yet.

Posted by Mick Goss