Buying a Yearling

Buying at auction can be just as exciting as winning a race! You will be duelling with other bidders for the horse of your choice - imagine the thrill when the auctioneer accepts your bid.

More than 5,000 yearlings are sold at auction each year around Australia. The horses are old enough to be assessed by your advisers (vet, trainer, bloodstock agent) for conformation etc, but have not been broken in, so their racing ability has not been exposed.

There are major yearling sales in all capital cities and sales at country venues. The average price at yearling sales around Australia vary from sale to sale, but prices can start at a few hundred dollars or reach as high as $3 million plus.

Some good buys

Auction / Sale

WI 2003 Winter Thoroughbred
MM 1999 Perth Yearling
WI 2001 Classic Yearling
WI 2001 Classic Yearling
WI 2001 Classic Yearling
MM 2002 Premier Yearling
MM 2001 Tamworth Yearling
WI 2002 Adelaide Yearling
MM 2001 Perth Yearling
MM 2002 Winter Yearling
MM 2001 Adelaide Yearling
MM 2000 Premier Yearling
WI 2001 Classic Yearling Sale
WI 2001 Easter Yearling Sale

Horse

Takeover Target
Old Fashion
Royal Purler 
Sportsman
Bel Esprit 
Regimental Gal
Private Steer
Rinky Dink
Hardrada
Polar Success
Mummify
Excellerator
Choisir
Helenus

Price

$1,250
$7,000
$8,000
$8,000
$9,000
$16,500
$18,000
$25,000
$30,000
$32,000
$41,000
$50,000
$55,000
$80,000

Earnings

$206,400
$705,650
$322,510
$688,250
$2,073,600
$1,537,350
$3,407,290
$609,200
$818,080
$2,171,505
$3,075,600
$2,228,495
$2,230,033
$2,114,680