Perth’s inaugural Magic Millions yearling sale at the new Swan Valley complex proved an instant success with 23 yearlings fetching $100,000 or more from the 105 lots sold in the Book 1 session on Monday.
Not surprisingly, the stallion responsible for the sales topper was Yarraman Park’s mercurial I Am Invincible, whose colt from Jestceny sold for $260,000. The mare has had eight previous foals with five successful including the WA Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner The River.
The colt was knocked down to the training partnership of Daniel and Bruce Pearce, with leading Perth bloodstock agent John Chalmers bidding on their behalf. The Pearces were given a $300,000 limit by owner Warren Martin and were thrilled to gain him for $260,000.
I Am Invincible had two lots in the Perth Magic Millions sale with the other offering failing to meet his reserve price of $100,000.
However, the Yarraman Park super-sire’s Jestceny colt sold for $60,000 more than the second-highest-priced lots: fillies by Zoustar and Snitzel.
The Zoustar was sold to the father-and-son training duo of Robert and Todd Harvey. The filly’s dam Donna Intelligente has produced four winners including recent winners I Know That (Sandown) and Smart As, who won a Sydney Highway race.
Queensland’s Aquis Farm was the successful bidder for the Snitzel filly whose dam Belle D’Amour has black-type credentials high up on her pedigree page.
A first-time buyer at the Perth sales was Guy Mulcaster of Winx fame with the agent signing for a colt by local sire War Chant, who won the 2000 Breeders Cup Classic, in conjunction with trainer Chris Waller, for $100,000.
Buyers from Sydney and further included Gary Portelli, Kurt Goldman, who won last Saturday’s group3 Southern Cross Stakes with Eckstein, Boomer Bloodstock (Craig Rousenfell), Andrew Williams and Brian Nutt’s Attunga Bloodstock. The above five all purchased one yearling.
Melbourne players were more prominent with Lloyd Kennewell, Shane Nicholls, Mark Pilkington, Andrew Noblet, Joe O’Neill’s Prime Syndications, Matt Laurie and Patrick Payne all figuring in the result page.
Two yearlings by Dundeel proved popular with a filly fetching $130,000 to Durrant Racing and a colt $120,000 to the Noblet-Pilkington combination.
Magic Millions managing director Barry Bowditch was pleased with the Session 1 results. “With the commitment that has been made here in the Swan Valley we are hoping it encourages our vendors to continue to invest in quality product.’’
Bowditch added: ‘‘It was a historic day for the West Australian industry – there was a great vibe around the complex thanks to a huge crowd.”
The day-one sale grossed almost $7 million with a record average of $64,981.
The Magic Millions group continues its selling in Tasmania on Monday, with 142 lots catalogued.
Locally based stallion Needs Further is clearly the most popular sire with 21 lots scheduled to sell.
Needs Further is a son of Encosta de Lago bred by Gooree Park from a daughter of Danehill and has become Tasmania’s most sought-after stallion.
His three-year-old daughter Mystic Journey, who is prepared by top trainer Adam Trinder, has won eight of her 11 starts including black-type races at Caulfield and Moonee Valley late last year with earnings past $400,000.
The filly is firm favourite for the Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 2 after two excellent winning performances at Mowbray and Elwick this campaign.
The stallion stands at Tasmania’s major breeding farm Armidale Stud and there is a strong possibility of Mystic Journey heading to Sydney for the autumn carnival, with a nomination for the ATC Oaks pencilled in.
Two to watch
It was just another day at the office on Monday for the Team Snowden and Brad Widdup stables at the Randwick barrier trials, with both supplying super impressive two-year-olds which will be winning in the next month.
The Widdup stable provided the first winner in the shape of Sally’s Day, a filly by More Than Ready from the mare Sally’s Girl, who was raced by John Singleton and named after his daughter with former Miss World Belinda Green.
Sally’s Day has been to the races once and was galloped on at Canterbury last October and was spelled. She has won two barrier trials since and her effort on Monday was outstanding with Kerrin McEvoy giving the filly the easiest of runs.
Team Snowden’s winner was Strasbourg, an I Am Invincible colt which has shown great potential with a debut win at Newcastle on December 2 before finishing second to the classy Chris Waller two-year-old Accession at Randwick a fortnight later.
His trial win was also outstanding with Corey Brown bringing the colt with a great turn of speed in the final 50 metres to beat a more-than-handy field of youngsters in what was an eye-catching effort.
Strasbourg carries the China Horse Club colours and should become another two-year-old city winner for Team Snowden and should be around when the lead-ups to the Golden Slipper take place in March.