ALMOST 150,000 visitors from 99 countries spread across six continents tuned in to the Inglis website when Australia’s oldest horse auctioneers conducted Day 1 of this year’s Easter Yearling Sale on Tuesday.

More than $32 million was grossed at the first totally on-line offering by Inglis, brought on by the coronavirus crisis that has virtually shut down the world.

“It’s been one of the most extraordinary days on the job for me as Managing Director, to oversee Day 1 of an Easter Sale with no horses and no people,” Inglis’s Mark Webster said.

“It’s certainly something out of the box.

“Our website traffic figures have been quite phenomenal. We have had people watching our Sale Day Live coverage from 99 different countries on six continents around the world and buyers coming from all across the globe as well, as well as almost 150,000 visitors to the website today alone.

“That side of things has been very satisfying because our vendors put in a tremendous amount of work under arguably some of the most challenging conditions of their lives and to be able to even conduct a sale under the circumstances for them has been a great team effort.”

The gross of $32,537,500 incorporated an average of $306,958 at a clearance rate of 62 percent.

-Full report on Racing.com.

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