Good stock: a half-brother to Samaready drew plenty of interest on the Gold Coast. Photo: Jenny EvansWizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
The Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale on Tuesday followed hot on the heels of last week’s Inglis Ready2Race Sales and once again had a phenomenal result thanks again to the powerful presence of international buyers.
The Inglis sale grossed $6 million with 115 lots selling. Of this number, 35 will head overseas, predominantly to Asian countries. The Magic Millions sales achieved a similar result.
A total of 134 lots sold on the Gold Coast with a turnover of $8,443,500, up a massive 71 per cent on the previous year and producing an average of $63,151.
The internationals were spearheaded by Singapore buyers, who purchased 18 of the 66 juveniles which, overall, represented almost half of the catalogue after 49 withdrawals were taken into account
A total of 32 two-year-olds fetched six-figure sums. Sydney-based agent David Raphael came away with the sales-topper at $300,000 for a colt by the deceased stallion Northern Meteor.
A Foxwedge colt came in second at $270,000 to Gary Moore’s son Nicholas on behalf of leading owner Lai Chan Chong with a brother to dual group 1 winner Samaready selling to the Queensland based Aquis Farm.
This colt was initially passed in at $240,000 by Gerry Harvey who later on-sold the two-year-old for his reserve price of $250,000.
Singapore trainer Theo Kieser followed on from the Inglis sale signing for another three lots for a total of $397,500 while former champion jockey Mick Dittman, who is now based in Singapore, bought four lots for $360,000.
The top-priced colt will enter Gerald Ryan’s Rosehill stables with Raphael glowing in his praise of the Northern Meteor colt and the success of the sale.
“I think this breeze up sale will continue to grow and more breeders will aim at a sale like this with nice horses as their first point of sale.” he said.
Waterhouse produces two divine winners
Randwick played host to two two-year-old barrier trials on Tuesday and Gai Waterhouse produced a pair of highly exciting winners. Both have brilliant pedigrees and are endowed with tremendous ability which is bound to win them city races in the not-to-distant future.
El Divino is a Snitzel half-brother to the super mare Winx and has been retained by breeder John Camilleri, a decision he will surely find a rewarding one judging on his all-the-way win in the 737-metre heat.
Thyme For Roses won the next heat in a terrific speed display giving jockey Tim Clarke an armchair ride. She is a Redoute’s Choice filly from the Magic Millions winner Augusta Proud and was bought by American Jon Kelly for $450,000 at the Magic Million Sales in January.
There is a tremendously interesting two-year-old trialling at Rosehill on Friday for Chris Waller. He is named Comin’ Through and is the half-brother to Criterion by Fastnet Rock who is raced by the champion’s owner-breeder Sir Owen Glenn.
His dam, Mica’s Pride, currently has a colt by Pierro and was covered by Fastnet Rock last year.
Previous Magic Millions produces three winners
Speaking of the Magic Millions sales – the three two-year-old races conducted on the east coast last Saturday were all won by graduates of the Gold Coast sales last January.
Conchita started the ball rolling at Randwick with the Uncle Mo filly, a $130,000 buy for Paul Perry, followed by Melbourne trainer Robbie Laing producing the last-to-first Caulfield winner Missrock, who looked to be worth every cent of the $500,000 which he paid for the Fastnet Rock filly.
Criquette, a daughter of I Am Invincible, had an effortless win at Doomben for Kelso Wood. She was bought by agent John Foote for $240,000 last January. The filly was bred by Ron Quinton who has a full brother entered for next year’s Gold Coast sale.
Godolphin in record $1.6m bid for yearling at Newmarket
Godolphin’s racing manager John Ferguson wasn’t going to miss out on the sole lot by champion sire Dubawi in the Tattersall’s Book 2 Yearling Sale at Newmarket on Tuesday.
Ferguson showed no signs of stopping as he outbid a number of hopefuls at 725,000 guineas ($1,607,927) which was to establish a record price for a yearling at the Book 2 sale.
Dubawi had the top-priced yearling to come out of Book 1 last week with the Coolmore team paying $4.66 million for a beautifully credentialled filly.
Ferguson had signed for 16 yearlings after the second session of Book 2 for $5.94 million but was in second place with Shadwell Estates leading the way with 24 youngsters for just under $6.65 million.
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