Mike Fleming’s Bhima returns to Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale with an outstanding draft. Once again Bhima will showcase the Kick Sales Platform allowing buyers unprecedented access to information about its offering.
Returning to Inglis Melbourne Premier was an easy decision to make,” said Bhima’s owner Mike Fleming. “There are more yearlings being offered for sale this year and a lot of our Melbourne horses are by proven sires, so it seemed a logical choice. I like the fact that Melbourne Premier has tightened their first session this year, while other sales have expanded in numbers.”
Bhima’s draft includes yearlings from a variety of different sires, from first crop sires such as Vancouver and Scissor Kick to the established More Than Ready and Not a Single Doubt. When deciding which horses to target toward Melbourne, Fleming and his clients were in agreement that the best type were those who will be later 2-year-olds or 3-year-old classic types.
A few of the horses in the draft include an All Too Hard colt from Group 1 Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential, the first foal from Group 2 placed Define, and a Vancouver colt from a half-sister to Group 1 winner Snitzerland. Selling for a variety of clients, all the yearlings from the draft were prepped in Bhima’s program outside of the Kia Ora Stud yearlings, who were prepared on their farm by Alex Kingston.
“We will be selling yearlings for several of our permanent clients and we also have a number of Kia Ora Stud’s yearlings from the Hunter Valley, Fleming said. We sell Kia Ora Stud’s Inglis Classic yearlings and when we said we were heading back down to the Inglis Melbourne Sale, they decided to consign their yearlings with Bhima. We have a great relationship with Kia Ora Stud and look forward to selling their horses.”
“The Kick Sales Platform was the brainchild of, and developed by Vicky Leonard of Kick Collective. She first pitched the idea to me last year as she felt the need to make the buying process easier and more transparent. I saw a huge advantage in making the buying process easier and decided to be her guinea pig,” Fleming explained. The platform was launched earlier this year to universal acclaim from buyers.
For Fleming, the biggest positive to the platform is the transparency it provides and the feedback from buyers with some even using it while bidding on horses in the ring. “The positive feedback from the industry as a whole has been overwhelming in its support of both the platform and the transparency on a whole,” he said. “I would like to think that in two or three years, we will see everyone using this platform to deliver the information that buyers both want and desire.
Our recent buyers were very impressed with the easy, quick and convenient way to access vital information that provided them with the confidence to buy a horse from our draft.” There is one thing you can count on this sales season: Bhima isn’t only looking to make waves in the sales rings this year. The operation is also taking the level of confidence buyers have in consignors to the next level both in the ring and at the farm. n