Dam of Shelby Cobra Breaks Inglis Digital Record

Media Release - Wednesday November 11

The dam of Saturday’s winner of the Listed The Amanda Elliott, Shelby Cobra (Toronado), has become the most expensive broodmare ever sold on Inglis Digital and the second highest lot ever, following a three-way bidding duel in the November (Early) Online Sale.

Sheamus Mills Bloodstock outlasted Paul Moroney Bloodstock and one other party, to secure Segenhoe Valley (Dane Shadow) and her Toronado filly at foot – a full sister to Shelby Cobra – for $325,000.

Segenhoe Valley

Mills purchased the 2-in-1 package on behalf of clients Newton Thoroughbreds Racing and Chesapeake Thoroughbreds.

“I was really impressed by Shelby Cobra’s win on Saturday and then I saw the ad in the ANZ which motivated me to go and inspect her and the filly at Riverbank Farm,” Mills said.

“It’s great buying when you look at the family, it’s current and I think it will keep exploding, I don’t know how many mares produce a Stakes winner from their first three foals.


“I said to my clients that they should recognise how rare it is for a full sister to a Stakes winner to come up for public sale like this and you get the 8YO mum as part of a package – it was too good of an opportunity to miss.

“Plans for both the filly and Segenhoe Valley are open at this stage, ideally she’ll be covered this weekend but by which stallion I’m not sure, I’m open to suggestions!”

Segenhoe Valley was offered on Inglis Digital by Queensland-based hobby breeder Laurelle Owen, who purchased the mare for a mere $5000 at the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

“The only reason I bought this mare is because I saw Shelby Cobra go through as a weanling at the same sale for $70,000 to Maluka Thoroughbreds,” Owen said.

“I’ve been following Shelby Cobra, I saw him make $130,000 at last year’s Inglis Premier Sale and started receiving reports that he was showing lots of promise in the stable, so I rang Russell Osborne at Riverbank and told him I wanted to send the dam to Toronado and everything since has just fallen into place.

“It’s a credit to Russell and Caroline Osborne at Riverbank Farm, they’ve done a fabulous job looking after my girls then ensuring we got the right certificates completed to upload to this mare’s listing, plus videos and photographs completed (by Digital Media Creations).”

It was Laurelle Owen’s background in real estate that motivated her to sell the mare and foal.

“I’ve worked at Boxsells Real Estate in Maleny since 2007 but have been involved in the breeding industry for 50 years, only with one or two mares for the most part,” Owen said.

“It’s been a punt with plenty of highs and lows, I’ve had a few lows this breeding season so when the mare foaled such a lovely filly in late October and then Shelby Cobra accepted for the Stakes race last Saturday, I felt the timing was perfect to offer her on Inglis Digital.

“I’ve bought some lovely young mares off the platform with the intention of breeding with them, two recently have been Drizzle ($25,000 September (Early) Online) and Boreas ($8,000 May Online) who has won twice from five starts with Barry Lockwood.”

The November (Early) catalogue grossed $1.57 million, the 27th consecutive Inglis Digital Auction to gross $1 million or more since 2018, and another outstanding clearance rate of 84%.

Other results included 3YO gelding I Am Swerving selling to Singapore-based Jason Lim Racing for $65,000 and Soul Mama and a full sister to Sunlight’s dam Solar Charged offered with a Better Than Ready colt, was bought by Kim Alderton for $60,000.

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