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Racing Connections Hosts Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Tour

Racing Connections hosted its first official event last weekend, with a group of racing enthusiasts joining us at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for a tour.

The group enjoyed a great morning at the sale, meeting a number of prominent industry identities and listening to them speak on a range of topics including physical conformation, training regimes, the sale process and ownership.

The morning kicked off with coffee and light bunch at the Widden Stud marquee. Internationally renowned bloodstock agent, James Bester, was the first cab off the rank, addressing the group on the topic of pedigrees and how to read a sale catalogue.

James then produced a yearling and proceeded to conduct a master class on physical conformation, discussing what he looks for when inspecting horses.

Following on from Bester, the group was introduced to Group One-winning trainer and grandson of the late Bart Cummings, James Cummings. James gave great insight into the training process and how horses are conditioned for the track.

Next was Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager, Simon Vivian, who discussed the sale process and the importance of x-rays, post-sale scoping and insurance, all of which offer buyers a level of protection when purchasing a horse.

The final speaker of the day was Sydney-based syndicator, Denise Martin. Denise’s business, Star Thoroughbreds, has been in operation for over 20 years and she has been responsible for a number of Group and Listed winners.

Aushorse CEO, Tom Reilly, conducted a Q & A session with Denise where she explained the syndication process and entertained the group with a number of amusing anecdotes.

With the sale season well and truly underway and the Autumn Carnival just around the corner, Racing Connections will be hosting a number of other events aimed at educating owners and helping them connect with industry identities.

Keep an eye on our website and make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook for further details.



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