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Records Tumble at Magic Millions

Records were made to be broken, that was never more evident than at the Magic Millions yearling sales, on the Gold Coast, that concluded last Sunday.

The Magic Millions is now the premier thoroughbred sales company in the southern hemisphere, records have continued to rise under the directorship of Vin Cox as Managing Director, and his dedicated staff.

Vin leaves the company after seven successful years, that has seen the Magic Millions rise to the pinnacle of success

He takes up a position as Managing Director with the global giant, Godolphin, controlling their thoroughbred breeding interests and racing empire.

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Vin Cox

Book 1 showed a significant rise of $ 21 million from last year’s sale, with a final figure of $155,952,000, against last year’s sale of $134,292,500.

The average kicked in at $228,000, while the clearance rate equalled the best on record.

Highest priced lot was 373, the colt by I Am Invincible, from Tai Tai Tess, by Magic Albert, the youngster topped the sale at a cool $2 million.

Purchased by Reg Inglis, JonKelly and Paul Frampton USA, he will ultimately be trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott at Randwick.

I Am Invincible has enjoyed an outstanding season on the track, he is a most sought after sire, he had 43 lots, 37 were sold realising $17.7 million.     

He topped the million twice when the colt, lot 624, halted bidding at $1,450,000, again by I Am Invincible, he looked the real racehorse, he had an exciting presence, he had a great pedigree, the first foal from the Group 1 winning mare, Commanding Jewel, the half sister to Atlantic Jewel.

When John Moore from Macau Racing put in his final bid, of one million dollars for the colt by Redoute’s Choice from Cat By The Tale, lot 591, it was the sixtieth yearling by Redoute’s Choice, sold by public auction that had realised a million dollars or more .

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 Redoute's Choice - Champion Sire



Magic Millions Sales

Magic Millions

Selling 1062 Quality Yearlings

Over Five Sessions On The Gold Coast

January 10 --11 -- 12 --13 –14


Selling on the first three days, at 10am sharp, when756 lots will have been sold, fourth day is the $10 million dollar race day, with selling again, from 6.00 pm, with 96 lots to sell, and the following day, Sunday, the sales wind up at 11 am, with the final 208 to go under the hammer.

The best sons and daughters, of the best stallions and mares, are sold at the Magic Millions.

The Magic Millions have gone from strength to strength, this is the third year in succession the sale has catalogued over one thousand yearlings.

Last year was a stellar year for the Magic Millions with a record aggregate of $146,125,300, which is an increase of $17 million on the previous year.

The top colt changed hands at $1.3 million, and top priced filly sold for $1.2 million dollars, neither has raced as yet.

The sale is represented by the progeny of 104 sires, which includes 24 first season sires, with three standing in New Zealand.

Baramul Stud, where the great Star Kingdom stood for his entire stud life, has the largest draft with 92 lots by a variety of notable sires.

Aquis is selling 27 lots, with three nice youngsters by I Am Invincible, Arrowfield, with 52 lots, is a proven source of winners by the flagship Redoute’s Choice, a stallion who has stood the test of time, like few sires have.

As expected leading sire, Snitzel ,with winners last season of $16,220,135, is well clear on the sire’s list again this season with $13,554,456, he is well represented with 47 lots catalogued for the millions

Coolmore, with 45 lots, Kia Ora 16 lots, Musk Creek 14 lots, Newgate with 43 lots, is the sleeping giant of the future, with an excellent group of young sires such as Dissident, with his oldest progeny he has 42 lots, there is no doubt he has received every opportunity, it is reflected in the catalogue, he has covered a wide variety of very good mares.

 Newhaven, established all those years ago by John Kelly senior, when Wilkes reigned supreme in the early sixties, he was champion twice, the tradition is still there, a draft of 29 yearlings raised at Boorowa.

 Segenhoe, with 19 lots, and Sledmere, 30, are well established studs that seemed to have been there for generations, both studs have stood the test of time having bred a number of successful horses over several years.

 There are some nice horses in the draft from Vinery as always, overall All Too Hard has 32 lots, from various vendors.

 Villermont, by All Too Hard, is a highly promising colt after winning the Sandown Guineas Group 2, he is being set for the Australian Guineas, and the Australian Cup would not be beyond him.  

 More Than Ready deserves a good son at stud, and he may have him in the form of Better Than Ready, his weaners looked pretty good, they are all good types and have plenty of bone about them.

 Better Than Ready stands at Lyndhurst Stud at Warwick on the Darling Downs where The Buzzard saw service, the finest sire of stayers we have known.

 Eureka Stud struck a bonanza when Scott Mc Alpine discovered Spirit of Boom, he was a very good racehorse and as tough as old boots, there was no doubt he did have a busy racing career having had 11 starts as a two year old.

 Overall he had 52 starts, winning nine times and placed 20 times, he was a dual Group 1 success and was placed numerous times in Group races.

 Eureka Stud at Cambooya was founded by Andrew McAlpine nearly a hundred years ago, he handed the stud over to his son, Colin, with his best wishes, sometime in the forties.

 Colin was a popular figure, he did a lot for racing and breeding in Queensland, he stood a number of sires over those years, but just failed to get a precocious horse that can get those early two early two year old winners.

 Scott McAlpine has cracked it with the aid of his son Angus, a young man of 24, they have the horse, Spirit of Boom, the current leading sire of two year olds in Australasia by winners, he has 11 lots to be offered at the Magic Millions.

 Barry Bowditch, current Bloodstock Manager, will take over as Managing Director after the January Sales, replacing Vin Cox, who has taken a similar role in Sydney with Godolphin.

 Vin Cox has seen records tumble since he joined the Magic Millions, as the sales have gone from strength to strength, he leaves the company in good shape.  

 Barry comes from Wagga Wagga, the capitol of the rich Riverina of New South Wales, a very strong racing area.

 The name Bowditch is familiar in racing circles around Wagga; his father also christened Barry, was a leading jockey in Wagga and the southern districts of New South Wales.

 While Barry junior never rode in racing he was a keen student of breeding, he began work as a junior with a bloodstock company in Sydney.

 He studied pedigrees carefully, how certain matings worked and others didn’t, he rapidly became what is known as a breeding buff.

 When the racetrack closed for a time at Wagga, the family moved to the Gold Coast with their racing team, he became a Queenslander.

 He recently travelled with Vin Cox to America for the Breeder’s Cup, looking to buy mares for clients, and promoting the forthcoming January yearling catalogue.

 ‘’Asia is playing a major role in our bloodstock industry, they are constantly buying breeding stock, and are investing heavily in buying up land,” said Barry Bowditch

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Barry Bowditch.




Magic Millions 2 Y OS IN Training Sale

Selling Schedule with 293 lots to be offered over two sessions

0ctober 10 &11 with 147 lots on the first day, 146 lots on the second day.

Most of the entries have been broken in; the majority would have trialled and are near ready to race.

Baramul Stud, in the Widden Valley, has the largest draft with 36 lots, 15 lots by Congrats, a son of A P Indi.

The draft includes 7 lots by All Too Hard, he is now making his presence felt with two crops of racing age, he is leading the way in that division now that his progeny are maturing, he is on the fringe of really getting a good horse ,he is represented in the sale by 12 lots overall.  

Afraah, by Danehill, was quite a handy mare, putting six wins behind her, including the Frank Packer Plate Group 3, she has left two winners to date, her colt, by Harbour Watch, is an interesting youngster.

Lot 11 has a nice family to support him, he is by Redoute’s Choice, from the American bred Ailalea, she won at Group level at Churchill Downs over 1600 metres, he has a close up double cross of Mr. Prospector on the female line of his pedigree.

If the current Ailsa, is as good as her name sake, she will do no harm to this pedigree, the colt, by Dundeel, is well related, he stems from the family of Snitzel,Australia’s c urrent leading sire, and Hinchinbrook, you could take a punt on this fellow.

Love Conquers All is currently on a roll with 50 per cent winners to runners, Lot 23, out of Ashkaleta, she won at two over 1000 metres, it is a good family raced by the late Bruce Gadsden, he raced Natural Tycoon and Sentimental Lady from that family.

Lot 25, a colt by Lope De Vega, the third dam in the family is Triscay, she was by Marscay, she won 15 races from 1,000 metres to 2400 metres, of her 15 wins 7 were Group 1 status, 7 were either Group 2 or 3, she was raced by Geoff and Beryl White, and trained by Jack Denham.

Golden Archer is represented with 17 lots, his oldest progeny are three year olds, he holds a prominent position on the first season’s sire’s list.

He was a former good two year old when trained by Peter Moody, winning eight races. and has made a successful transition as a sire .

Lot 67 is an interesting colt, he is either black or grey, and is inbred to Danehill in the third generation, he does have quite an impressive pedigree, his dam is an unraced sister, Lovely Jubly ,the dam of Chautaujua.

Nolan Racing, at Benalla, has supported this sale with another strong draft this year, 12 lots by a variety of sires.

Included in their draft is Lot 188, the black or brown colt by Zoustar, his progeny are ready to race, he looks like an early comer.

Woodpark, at Mittagong, will present an interesting draft, Lot 224 is another Zoustar out of Rosebrook, he carriers a double cross of Danehill 3X4, his dam ,Rosebrook, is by Danzero.


Magic Millions Breeze Up Sale

Magic Millions breeze up sales will be conducted at the Gold Coast Sales on October 10 and 11

Breeze ups will be held at Seymour Friday September 22 – Monday September 25, Gold Coast –Tuesday September 26, Warwick Farm – 9th October Gold Coast

Entries for the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale Close on Friday 11 August 2017.


National Sale Grosses Record $144 Million

Records tumbled as the curtain was drawn on a spectacular, what could only be described as one of the most remarkable sales in the history of bloodstock, seen in this country.

The final selling comprising Book 2 Yearlings and Racehorses, grossed over $1.56 million to post a new record for the Southern Hemisphere premier breeding stock sale.

The total gross at the end of selling sat on $144,344,750, for 1636 lots sold.

This is a overall record smashing last year’s gross by $37 million, or 35 per cent.

The overall average for every lot sold, the National Weanling, Broodmare, Yearling and Racehorses Sales, is $88,230, up almost 15 per cent on last year, when fewer lots were offered.

Among the top sellers was an untried three year old filly by Stratum, from Melbourne Rose, who sold for $100,000, to recent Champagne winning trainer, Paul Perry.

Stock from Godolphin proved extremely popular at the National Racehorse Sale, with that draft’s top sellers including Saxophone, $65,000 to Rosemont Stud, Divine Sanction to $65,000 to Australian Bloodstock, and Fanforon, $50,000 to Rosemont Stud.

“It is great to see such strong competition today, it proved that live auction is the most effective way to market racehorses, “said Vic Cox, Magic Millions Director.

“The overall event has been an incredible success, with records tumbling across the board,” he added.

“We starting selling 15 days ago and in that time we’re seen many people come and go, everyone has played a significant role in the success of the sale,” he said.

Cox didn’t miss anyone, he paid compliments to the vendors and their staff, the Magic Millions team, bar staff, those attending to the grounds, including night crews, and a special mention to the transport companies and their staff, it was an unprecedented logistic exercise, to turn the place around three times is a fantastic performance he added.

The Magic Millions focus now switches west for the Perth Winter Yearling Thoroughbred and Racehorse Sales on June 25.

Entries are also open for the Gold Coast Two Year olds in Training Sale, to be conducted on October 10 and 11.


Magic Millions 2nd Yearling Sale

Magic Millions opened the first yearling sale for 2017 in January, and it will close it tomorrow when 583 lots will be offered on the Gold Coast over three days.


The stage has been set for another exciting sale; those yearlings that were not ready in January will be there in what promises to be an excellent sale, with most of the major studs well represented.


A second sale is a great advantage and welcomed by breeders that may have had late foalings and horses that are not ready in January, it is convenient for clients, otherwise they would have no other option but sell out of the paddock, which is a drag to say the least.


Baramul have a big draft of 51 lots, it suits them as the horses have to be sold, there is no other alternative, all the bigger studs are in the same position.


Baramul are well represented with a few Fastnet Rock’s that will create attention, he can certainly get a horse, the colt from Palacio de Cristal by Encosta de Lago has had five wins to Group level, she has had four foals but obviously she has been unlucky, as only one foal has raced.


Leading sire, Snitzel, is sure to create a lot of interest, as he always does, the colt of interest is Lot 2078, a colt out of Fluffy Duck, she won seven races and there is a fair amount of speed within the family.


Another Snitzel, Lot1806, is closely related to Snitzerland, she won eight races in the very best of company.


Former champion two year old Pierro is well represented with 14 Lots, he had a nice winner at Ballarat in Levendi, he was a first starter, it was a very promising debut.,There are 14 Lots in the sale by Pierro, there are some very nice horses that should make pretty handy money if Levendi is any example.


Four Fighting Suns are included in the sale, they are making into very nice horses, he only had the two starts and remained unbeaten.


There are a lot of well bred horses in the catalogue, they have been given extra time in the paddock, that works wonders.


Fiorente is well represented with three lots, he can make it as a sire, he was a very good racehorse if patience is used. For the best results his progeny should not be hurried, he was a staying bred that could get a mile.  



Deju Vu on day two of National Weanling Sale

It was a case déjà vu on the Gold Coast on Friday when the sales topper, a colt by Exceed and Excel, changed hands for $320,000, to the call of Julian Blaxland of Blue Sky Bloodstock.

The colt, from Doctrine, was presented by Rothwell Park, who offered an interesting draft over the two days, a half sister to Rain Affair.

Last year on the corresponding day the colts full brother was sold for $350,000.

Both colts were the first two products of the unraced Artie Schiller mare, Doctrine, a half sister to five winners, including the $1.55 million earner, Rain Affair.

“I thought he was a lovely horse, he is by one of the world’s great sires, Exceed and Excel, he had not only done the job here in Australia but also up in the Northern Hemisphere,” he said.

“Rothwell Park sell their stock as weanlings, usually as a rule, he’s a really nice horse, we could bring hlm back in January to re-sell, or just to race,” Blaxland”added.

The demand for quality stock by first season sires continued, with the Brazen Beau colt out of Flute of Bubbly, the colt from Cornerstone Stud Farm selling for $300,000.

A half brother to stakes winning juvenile, Shigeru Sendan, was purchased by Hilldene, in association with Victorian based bloodstock agent Peter Ford.

“We love the stallion, Hilldene’s Nicholas Wakim said, we love the look of them, we bought one yesterday for $270,000,” he said.

“He was a very nice type and we’ll probably send him back here for the Magic Millions Yearling Sales in the New Year,” Wakim added.

Blue Sky Bloodstock rounded out the two day sale as the leading buyer, with 11 purchasers, spending $1.594 million, as well as the top seller, Blaxland for Blue Sky, also purchased the day’s top filly, the So You Think Miss Shamardal youngster for $250,000.

James Bester Bloodstock purchased 12 lots for $1.252 million, the partnership of Hilldene and Peter Ford Thoroughbreds purchased 7 seven lots for $1.18 million, and David Lucas, as agent for Phoenix Investments, bought 3 lots for $1.01 million, were the others to outlay over a million dollars.

While Exceed and Excel had only one lot catalogued it sold for $320,000, while Coolmore Stud’s champion sire, Fastnet Rock, had three lots averaging $303,750.

Former Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate, Snitzel, averaged $293,333 for three lots sold, while Brazen Beau took the honours of leading first season sire with four lots averaging out at an impressive $201,250.

The second day continued in much the same vein as the first day, Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox commented, “the six figure horses, and there were a number of them, were prolific and that was fantastic from that point of view.”

The sale rounded out with a gross of over $19.69 million, which was $2.3 million up on the corresponding sales last year, the average price was over $52,000, and the clearance rate climbing past 81 per cent.

“Overall it’s been quite a good sale, we had a much bigger catalogue than we have had in previous years, when you get the bigger numbers it’s hard to keep the market engaged as long, or as high,” said Vin Cox.

“There was very strong competition of those very good horses, and one of the pleasing aspects was that a lot of the higher end money, and the bigger spenders, were largely domiciled overseas.”

“It’s great to see we are getting overseas investors into the Australian industry, and the fact they are investing in weanlings suggests they have a lot of confidence in the Australian domestic market,” he added.

Sale Statistics (2016 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued 540 (370)
Sale Gross $19,500 ($17,38,250)
Average Price $52,097 ($59,412
Top Price $525,097 ($400,000)
Lots Sold 378 (292)
Lots Passed In 88 (39)
Lots Withdrawn 74 (39)
Sold % 81 (88)


Fastnet Rock filly tops Magic Millions

A filly by Coolmore Stud’s champion sire, Fastnet Rock, topped day one of the 2017 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast yesterday.

The filly, a three quarter sister to the AJC Oaks winner Gust of Wind was purchased by Segenhoe Stud Australia for $525,000 the highest price for a weanling in Australasia this year.

“I love Fastnet Rock,” Segenhoe’s Peter O’Brien said, “He’s a champion stallion,” he added.

“She was my pick of the sale on type, she’s a three quarter sister to an Oaks winner and I think she was the best foal I’d seen in a couple of years.”

“We didn’t want to leave without taking her home with us; she’s a beautiful mover, a lovely loose action filly with plenty of scope”.

“She’s not really going to be a two year old that’s the way she is bred; we’ll be hoping she’s an Oaks filly down the track, “O’Brien added.

The top priced filly is from the Black Type performer, Starrystarrynight, a mare that will go under the hammer at the upcoming National Broodmare Sale.

A daughter of Saddlers Wells, Starrystarrynight has earned Black Type at The Curragh before being exported to New Zealand, where she was a winner before retiring to stud.

Her daughter, Gust of Wind, is the last horse to beat Winx when successful in the Group I AJC Oaks at Randwick, she also finished fourth in a Caulfield Cup.

The second top priced lot of the day was Arawata, Bloodstock’s Snitzel colt from Cariad, who was knocked down for $460,000, to the bid of Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland.

The colt was catalogued as Lot 233, he is the fourth foal of his dam Cariad, a winner of five races, including a pair of stakes events the Bright Shadow Handicap and Nudgee Handicap.

“It was a little bit over what I thought we would have to go to,” Blaxland said, “ I thought he was the colt of the sale”

He’s by Snitzel who is the incumbent Champion Sire this season, and he’s broken the two year old winner’s record.

“Yes, he’s a lovely colt out of a stakes winning mare, we actually purchased the mother, Cariad, about three weeks ago.”

First season sires proved popular, with a colt by Dissident leading all the way, when selling to David Lucas, on behalf of Dubai’s Phoenix Investments, for $300,000.


A colt by Brazen Beau sold for $270,000, youngsters by first season sires, Deep Field, Rubick, Shooting To Win and Toronado, sold for six figure amounts on day one.

During the opening day’s session over $10.5 million was traded, 194 lots sold at an average price of $54,307, the clearance rate of 79 per cent.

“It’s been a very good start to the sale,” Magic Millions Managing Director, Vin Cox, said “It was a very even balanced market”.

“You wouldn’t say it’s been overheated, and is hasn’t been a disappointing market, on the other side as well, it’s a good market where people can operate and trade”.

“Those (lots) that struck out sold extremely well, it was a very strong market,” Cox added.

Sale Statistics

(2016 Day One in brackets)
Lots Catalogued 290 (200)
Lots Passed In 15 (29)    
Lots Withdrawn 45 (19)
Sale Gross $10,535,500 ($8,303 5000
Top Price $525,000 ($400,000)
Average Price $54,307 ($54,625)
Median Price $30,000 ($30,000)


Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale

With 1054 lots plus a supplementary catalogue

Over four sessions, from May 30 to June 2.

A lot of hours will be spent pouring over what is a select group of brood mares, the sales topper last year was in the supplementary catalogue when Lister Here, by Elusive Quality ,the dam of the sires Deep Field and Shooting To Win, was sold for $3.4 million, naturally that was a record.

Both of her sons are full brothers, Deep Field stands at New Gate and Shooting to Win is standing at Darley.

Maybe the top priced mare could again be hidden away in the supplementary catalogue, in the form of the brilliant filly Petits Filous.

She won at her first four starts, however, the stable may have been carried away when she faced up to open company and at weight for age, she was never in the hunt, finishing 10th in a field of 13 against Buffering and co.

She was never ready for open company, she was obviously out of her depth, she won another race at Caulfield but lost form thereafter.    

However, her pedigree cannot be questioned, just the two dams on the page and lots of Black Type from the immediate family of La Bella Dama, her seven wins were all at Group level.

Whilst she is listed in the supplementary as Lot 1687, she will be offered after Lot 774.

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Petits Filous 

Lot 1123, Comprende, by I Am Invincible, fourth on the current sire’s list, with 122 winners of $10,303,274, and in foal with an early service to Snitzel, with 140 winners to his credit $14,022,711, she is lightly raced having won twice at a 1000 and 2100 metres.

She comes with a bonus as when she was covered by Snitzel the service was $110,000, it has since been increased to $176,000 inc. GST.

Comprende is rising five, with her breeding life ahead of her, she is lightly raced with her breeding life ahead of her, and with limited racing is stakes placed.

Her dam, Zelady by Zeditave, won seven races and has since left eight foals, all are winners, three foals earned Black Type including besides Comprende, Excites Zelady and Zelady’s Night Out.        


Supplementaries on line for National Sale

The oncoming 2017 National Magic National Sale has been further enhanced with the supplementary catalogues, released for the weanling and broodmare auctions.

Thirteen youngsters have been supplemented to the National Weanling Sale, boosting that auction to 567 catalogued lots.

Incredible opportunities will flow through to the National Broodmare Sale, with 54 lots joining the catalogue.

Among the late entries are stakes winning race fillies and maiden mares ,Kebede, Samara Dancer, Scarlet Rain, Petits Filous , Rocket Commander, Replique and Shakespearean Lass.

Also featuring in the supplementary for the National Broodmare Sale, are Group 2 winners Zurella, Lankan Rupee’s three quarter sister, Inspired Estelle, and broodmares covered by sires including Brazen Beau, Deep Field , I Am Invincible, Kingman, More Than Ready , Savabeel, Tavistock, Vancouver, and Written Tycoon.


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