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04/04/02 Easter 2002: Strong Finish to Easter Sale
Three million dollar horses during today's final session has boosted the figures to a "successful" level at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney this afternoon.

William Inglis & Son's managing director Reg Inglis was upbeat after the final yearling had been sold at about 5.30pm today.

"Well it's been a very successful sale," Inglis commented.

"It's a wonderful result considering the other sales around the country, with the exception of Melbourne, all experience a drop."

"Our figures this year slipped a little, and I was expecting us to come close to those levels and we did," he added.

The highlight during today's final session was the sale of Stratheden Stud's Danehill filly half sister to Assertive Lass and Assertive Lad for $1.5 million - a record for a filly in Australia and an equal record overall. She was knocked down to Demi O'Byrne acting as agent for Coolmore.

The other feature sales today included a Danehill-Verocative colt for $1.4 million to Gooree and a Sunday Silence-Tinaca colt to New Zealand based Rob McAnulty for $1.1 million.

The average for today's final session was an impressive $168,892, boosting the overall average to $160,780.

Of the 550 horses catalogued there were 404 sales, 49 withdrawals and 97 youngsters failed to reach their reserve giving a clearance rate of 80.5%. The sale grossed some $64,955,000, down on last year's of just over $67 million.

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