A third successive Inglis Digital auction has resulted in a mare selling for seven figures as Jamaea stole the show in the July (Late) Sale, realising $1,025,000.

Offered by managing owner Bruce Noble on behalf of the ownership group, the Robert and Luke Price-trained Jamaea was always going to attract significant attention, given her outstanding credentials.

But not even Noble saw $1,025,000 coming, with the mare eventually selling to powerhouse Yulong, who persevered following a protracted bidding duel.

“Once she hit her reserve, I decided that every $50,000 I’d have a beer. Let’s just say I’ll sleep pretty well tonight!’’ an elated Noble said.

“You always dream of selling a $1m mare but when it comes down to it, there really aren’t that many people walking around with that sort of money to spend so you never genuinely expect to reach those heights, but we’ve done it today and it’s bloody amazing.

“For a $130,000 filly who won over $1m on the track and now sells for over $1m, we just can’t believe it.

“I’ve been around a long time and I know it’s bloody hard to get seven figures for a horse of any kind so I thought if she could hit $900,000 it would be huge but the $1,025,000, it’s really just the icing on the cake.

“She’s sold so well, we’re just all ecstatic. The Inglis team has been excellent to deal with, we all kept in touch the past few weeks, it’s been a really personable experience and we’re privileged to have been involved.’’

Yulong’s Sam Fairgray confirmed Jamaea would be served by the newest first season sire on the Yulong stallion roster, Diatonic.

“We want to give Diatonic some really nice mares in his first season to give him the best possible chance and we think Jamaea is perfect for him,’’ Fairgray said.

“She’s an attractive race mare with a great record, a multiple Group 2 winner and performed at both two and three so we’re delighted to have her.

“The bidding certainly wasn’t easy – it’s getting harder and harder to buy these top-level mares but Mr Zhang wants to keep putting together an elite broodmare band so it’s great that Jamaea will be joining the group.

“We knew her price would be at the pointy end, these mares are attractive to a lot of people and bring top prices, it’s certainly not easy being a buyer of these elite mares at the moment.’’

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