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Records Tumble In Tassie

New records were established at the Magic Millions Yearling Sales, held at the Inveresk Showgrounds in Launceston.

Unprecedented interest, and the biggest buying bench, saw records shattered, with the average price being $23,250, up 34 per cent on last year’s record figure, while the gross soared 51 per cent on the back of an 83 per cent clearance rate.

Demand for the two colts by Written Tycoon was at a premium, Manny Gelagotis secured the first Lot 105, a chestnut, like his sire, for a cool $100,000.

The colt was out of Edikeni, a New Zealand mare by Johannesburg, at one stage of his career he was rated as the best two year old in the world.

The sale was in its closing stages, with just eight lots to sell, when Lot 118, by Written Tycoon from Kandy Korn, entered the ring from the draft of Armidale Stud at Carrick.

A striking bay youngster there was a lot of quality about him; he caught the eye of John Blacker who parted with $115,000 for the youngster.

Blacker had previously won the Magic Millions Three Year Old Classic on the eve of the sale, he had to outbid Mornington trainer, Mark Riley, to secure his prized pick of the auction.

“The plan is to leave him a colt, he’ll start here is Tasmania and hopefully he can end up racing in Melbourne and Sydney.”

Magic Millions Managing Director, Vin Cox, was astounded by the massive rises across the board.

“We thought we could grow this sale further than the massive gains last year, but the results of this sale are out of this world.”

“With these sorts of numbers the Tasmanian breeding industry has a strong platform and confidence to go forward,” he added.

Sale Statistics (2015 in brackets) Lots Catalogued (126 (121) Lots Sold 100 (89) Lots Withdrawn 5 (14) Lots Passed In 21 (18) Top Price $115,000 ($100,000) Average Price $23,250 ($17,337) Medium Price $18,000 ($10,000) Sale Gross $2,325,000 ($1,543,000).


Magic Millions looking after vendors

In a great boost to vendors, Magic Millions have announced a new 3.5 % flat commission rate across all lots sold at the upcoming 2016 National Weanling and Broodmare Sale.

“These are the fairest across the board commission rates in the history of breeding stock sales in Australasia,” Vin Cox, Magic Millions Managing Director said, “also there is no pass in commission for Weanling and Broodmare sales.”

Magic Millions have a proven record of selling right across the board, from all spectrums of the market and more than anything attracting a buying bench that will participate at every level.

The Magic Millions National Weanling Sale will be held from the 29th to the 31st of May, and the National Broodmare Sale from the 1st to the 5th of June.

Following on, the attention turns to the National Yearling Sales, from June the 7th to the 9th before the series is completed, with the National Race horse Sale on June 10th.


Gingerbread Man has the pedigree

With the W A Magic Millions yearling sales commencing on 15th and 16th of next month, the finishing touches are being applied to what promises to be an interesting sale over the two days, and speculation as to the lot that will top the sale and the sire averages, with a lot of attention directed towards the first season sires.

These are the sires that will take the industry into the next decade and beyond, it is essential that they receive every opportunity; there is no point in making excuses for your own mistakes.

Never consider standing a stallion unless you have a strong support base of mares to draw on, you have to control your own destiny, you cannot rely on others, the thoroughbred is a tangible item.

With those points taken Gingerbread Man appeals most for obvious reasons, he has the more appealing pedigree, he has youth, well represented in the catalogue, a pedigree you can acquaint to and had brilliance when he raced.

Gingerbread Man certainly had the race ability, he was classified the champion two year old in Singapore, and the follow season as a three year old winning 11 races in all, with stake earnings of $1,080,820.

He won the major races at three, the Singpore Guineas , the Chairman’s Classic and Woodlands Classic, 10 of his11 wins were Black Type races.

Gingerbread Man is by Shamardal, a very good race track performer himself with a proven sire line, he stands at Yarradale Stud who is offering a draft of 39 lots by a variety of sires.

Sight unseen four yearlings that are sure to appeal are lots 60, 87, 193, and 329 are all well related. 

Gingergread Man CustomGingerbread Man standing at Yarradale Stud


Magic Millions In W.A

Magic Millions Perth yearling sale is shaping up to be among the best sales to be seen in West Australia, with an excellent catalogue.

The two sessions of selling on Monday, February 15 & 16, with 349 lots catalogued, featuring quite a number of eastern state sires strongly represented.

Mungrug Stud, at Narrikup, has a superb draft of 48 lots, while Yarradale stud, at Gidgegannup, is not that far away with 39 lots.

Victoria Derby winner, Blackfriars, has made a successful transition from the racecourse to become a prominent sire, with 35 lots to be offered over the two days.

Snitzel, a former brilliant sprinter, has six lots to be offered, he cracked the magic million twice on the Gold Coast.

It is a quality catalogue with a lot of well bred yearlings, and in particular a number of half relations to prominent winners, including Bel Sprinter, Choice Bro, Playing God, Conservatorium, Dances on Waves , Famous Roman, God Has Spoken, Good Serpent, Lord’s Ransom, Rohan and recent W A Guineas winner, Man Booker.

Among the first season sires, Frost Giant, by Giant’s Causeway, is represented by nine lots, he will need them, this business is all about getting numbers through the sales ring that is where success lies.

He won four races in the U S, including the 2000 metres Group1 Belmont Suburban Handicap, before going to stud in the US and Chile.

Gingerbread Man was the leading two and three year old in Singapore where he won 11 races, including the Guineas, he is by Shamardal, he has been well supported with a good quality book of mares.


Snitzel Steals The Show

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Snitzel Steals The Show

A pair of colts by former star sprinter, Snitzel, stole the show at the Magic Millions on Thursday, when each was sold for over one million dollars.

Lot 233, the brother to Sweet Idea, by Snitzel, was claimed by New Zealand bloodstock agent, Dean Hawthorn, for $1.1 million, offered by Arrowfield Stud as agent.

The youngster, a chestnut, will ultimately head to one of the country’s most respected stables.

Hawthorn described him as a lovely young horse, “He really did tick all the boxes.”

“We’re really happy to get him, we thought we might not have to go that high but we were ready and were well armed.”

“The Hawkes team are going to train him, there’s a big syndicate behind him, and he’ll go straight into John’s system and let’s wait with bated breath,” Hawthorn added.

The show was just about over when the third last lot of the day showed up, Lot 430 appeared on the scene, another Snitzel out of Mirror Mirror, if you missed the first one you could tag along here, except a deeper pocket would be required.

When bidding ceased a record for the sale had been eclipsed by half a million, he was knocked down to Damion Flower, a long time client of the Gerald Ryan’s stable, for $1.6 million.

“He’s a cracking colt,, “Ryan said “ Damion saw him on video, and in photos, about five weeks ago and said this is the horse we’re going to have to have.”

Ryan arrived on the Gold Coast on the Saturday evening; he wasted no time, the following morning inspecting the colt and declared he was the best colt he had seen in three years.

Magic Millions Managing Director, Vin Cox, said, “ it is fitting the day would be dominated by a former star graduate of the sale, who after winning at the elite level on the track was now establishing himself as among the best sires of recent times.”

The colt was offered by John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud at Mount White.

Snitzel CustomSnitzel - At Arrowfield


Magic Millions Sales

First day of the Magic Millions Sales on the Gold Coast went off free of incident, good horses with pedigrees made their value, strong competition for what was considered to be the prime lots of an exciting catalogue.

Gai Waterhouse hit the scene early, purchasing a neat colt by Medaglia D’oro, out of a daughter of Hosannah, maybe the youngster reminded her of last year’s Golden Slipper Stakes success, Vancouver, when bidding halted at $240,000.

She was not done with by a long shot; she claimed another seven lots before the sun went down.

Top of the day was achieved by Lot 123, when Gary Moore had to part with $800,000 for a real racy colt by Exceed And Excel, from Common Smytzer, she being by Snippets, there is a lot of Black Type in the pedigree, he was offered by Ampulla Lodge at Bunyip.

Paul Perry couldn’t resist Lot 168, he trained her sire, Fastnet Rock, she was out of Dream Play, an American mare, she changed hands at $750,000.

Peter Moody was active still with a smile on his face, purchasing two yearlings, Lot 83, a filly by Redoute’s Choice, and a All Too Hard colt from Exquisite Art, both lots were offered by Raheen Stud.

Melbourne trainers buying on the first day included Cairon Maher he claimed Lot 64, an I Am Invincible for $210,000, and it was Maher again this time Lot 82, a filly by Sebring for $120,000.

Matt Cumani, a son of Luca, who has settled in to train at Ballarat, is wasting no time, he purchased the first Lot in the sale, a Foxwedge filly from A Material Girl for $105,000, and he struck again when he bought the Pierro Lot 119 from Cloud Song, for $230,000.

Darren Weir put his hand up for $190,000 for a Fastnet Rock filly from Evolve, she was offered as Lot 203 for $190,000.

Henry Dwyer was included into the action when purchasing a Sebring filly from Elegant Jewel; she has had five foals to race for four winners, the filly Lot 182 for $45,000.



Magic Millions

The stage is set, all is in readiness for the Magic Millions yearling sales, commencing this week, followed by a bonanza day of racing on the Gold Coast, with $10 million offered in stakes.

The sales have long lost their image as a local sale; this is now a worldwide event, an International sale with interest from all over the globe those that cannot attend in person employ agents to act on their behalf.

Magic Millions is more than just an experience, it has become a way of life, everyone is in holiday mode, it is simply the atmosphere it generates.

The Magic Millions can boast a proud record, and whilst there can be doom and gloom about in some industriesm M M continues to march forward.

Yearling sale series in 2015 achieved an overall increase of 15.6 % in gross sale, up a staggering $17.4 million on 2014.

Over the last financial year Magic Millions has auctioned $264.4 million in bloodstock, the most of any thoroughbred sales company in the Southern Hemisphere

The sale is widely accepted as the best in the world, with the strong support out of the major studs of the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.

With six sessions of selling and 1016 yearlings too be offered, including the progeny of 13 first season sires, which is always interesting, in this case three of the stars of the 2012 spring racing season are well represented with excellent crops of young horses .

Of the first season sires, All Too Hard heads the list, with 47 lots followed by Pierro, 41 lots, whilst Cox Plate success, Ocean Park, has the one solitary lot, understandably as he stands in New Zealand.

Baramul Stud, in the lush Widden Valley, once the home of Star Kingdom, has a huge draft of 79 lots.

Yearlings by All Too Hard and Pierro are certain to be well sought after, if the select weanling sale in May of last year is any barometer, when eight weanlings by All Too Hard averaged $173,125, and Pierro with 11 lots averaged $190,909.

Final Field $2 Million Magic Millions 2 YO Classic

1 Capitalist 2 Claro De Banco 3 Dieters 4 Sundance 5 Nikitas

6 Niccolance 7 Just Orm 8 Punishing 9 Highland Beat

10 Zelady’s Night Out 11 Candika 12 Faraway Town

13 Conchita 14 Slunber Party 15 Mooshakissa

16 Rare Occurance 17em Rainy Day 18em Zafina

19em Party Paree 20em Par Oneri 21em Heart Skip a beat .    


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Presents A Quality Draft

Lot 6 Colt   Medaglia d Oro—Agnus Dei

“   50 Filly Hinchinbrook – Believe ‘n Achieve

“   93 Colt Sebring – Charm’s Honour

“ 124 Colt Wanted --Conduce

“ 270 Filly Fastnet Rock—Goody Two Shoes

“   363 Colt--Savabeel—Lacara  

“   374 Colt –Magnus –Le Bel Away

“   464 Filly – Your Song –Music in the Park

“   600 Colt—Magnus –Shirl Pegasus

“    656 Colt –Dalakhani—Sweet Nothings

“   666 Colt Wanted --Tantalized

“   699 Colt –Love Conquers All --Vassar

“    728 Colt –Statue of Liberty --Wonderer

“  788 Filly --Rothesay – Multiple Wins

“  875 Filly—I Am Invincible –Winaura

“    945 Filly—Foxwedge – De Lago Lass

“  1008 Filly – Sweet Cry – Isabelino


Quality in Tasmanian Yearling Catalogue

Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Catalogue is really taking shape, with the promise of a quality sale at Launceston’s Inveresk Showgrounds, on Thursday February 18.

The one day sale will feature 126 lots of well presented young horses, closely related to winning families reared on prominent studs.

Recent graduates of the sales that have performed with honours on the mainland include The Cleaner, Palentino, Banco Mo, Like a Carousel, Kenjorwood and Valiant Warrior.

Among the yearlings catalogued for 2016 at least half are relations to stakes winners, including Banca Mo, Braequest, Brakim Lass, Dailin Miss, Grand Tycoon, Jadescent, Lake Sententia, Packing OK, Palentino and Triple Asset.

Included in the sale are 21 lots from Black type performed mares Abbadena, Coupe, Gehenna, Stage Hit and Wavishing.

Among the highlights of the sale are 22 first crop yearlings by Encosta de Lago Group winning son, Needs Further, he is located at Armidale Stud.

Armidale has had a long and successful history of breeding sound bloodstock, the stud at Carrick was established by the late David Whishaw and is the oldest stud still operating in Tasmania. .

On the death of David, and his son Dennis, a few years later his daughter in law, Robyn, carried on the stud, successfully producing numerous winners; she has since been joined by her son David.

Graeme McCulloch’s Grenville Stud at Whitemore is well represented with a nice draft, 27 lots of quality horses as has always been the case.

Hidden in the draft could be another Mongolian Khan, the Caulfield Cup winner, trained by Murray Baker.

“We’re delighted by the step up in the calibre heading to the 2016 Tasmanian Yearling Sales,” Magic Millions Tim Brown said.

“The sale always presents quality individuals and value prices and this will go to another level in February,” he added.


Jeep Magic Millions Two Year Old Classic

First acceptances (or Late Entries) close this Friday the field will be beginning to take shape.

When entries were taken on the 1st of October 789 two year olds were received.

In the interim 22 horses in order of prizemoney earned (less breeder bonuses) are listed Star Turn is unlikely being targeted towards the Golden Slipper while Criquette has suffered an injury and is spelling.

Prizemoney       Horse Name    Trainer

Less Bonus

$120,000          Claro El Banco    J Petch

$96,800             Star Turn             M,W N&J Hawkes

$90,000             Capitalist               P & P Snowden

$65,500             Faraway Town     M Smith

$57,200           Emtevee Queen     K Kemp                                                  

$50,000             Bullion Wolf         L. Kennewell

$48,750             Conchita                P. Perry

$48,100             Punishing              L. Birchley

$41,600             The Last Kiss       S. O’dea

$41,600             Zelady’Night Out T.Gollan

$41,600             Dieters                  J McLachlan

$41,600             Candika                 S. O’dea

$41,600             Criquette               K. Wood

Rare Occurrence   S. Kendrick

$36,000             Preferito                 G. Waterhouse

$32,000            Greyt Start             M. Nolan

$30,000             Detective              P & P Snowden

$29,400             Rainy Day Woman L.Ross

$25,200             Party Paree           A. Suli

$25,000             Mr Markou           T McEvoy

$24,000             Zafina                   G. Portelli

$23,025             Thyme for Roses  G. Waterhouse


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