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A fifth consecutive sale gross in excess of $3m has seen the first six months of 2020 trade on the Inglis Digital online platform eclipse the entire 2019 earnings.

The June (Late) sale realised $3,053,950, bringing the overall tally of the twice-monthly online auctions so far for 2020 to $22,217,650 in just six months, surpassing the gross for the entire 2019 of $22,129,633.

The sale was topped by stakes-placed 2YO filly Jemss (Exosphere), offered by her trainer David Payne and purchased by Tom Nikolic Racing for $155,000.

Nikolic, who regained his trainers’ licence three weeks ago and will train out of Cranbourne, described Jemss as “a largely untapped filly’’. He said, “She’s only had the five runs and is already stakes-placed, she’s got a lot of potential and I can’t wait to get her down here.”

The sale’s second-top lot was Dance (Not A Single Doubt), formerly of the Peter and Paul Snowden stable. The 2YO colt, offered by Newgate Farm (as agent) sold to A Value Consulting Limited for $135,000.

The Inglis Digital June (Late) Online Auction finished with a clearance rate of 76%, while Jemss, Dance and Agassi ($115,000) are three of 54 horses to sell for $100,000 or more on the Inglis Digital platform since 2018.

Photo: Jemss as a yearling. Photo courtesy of David Payne Racing