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Magic Millions

Magic Millions Sales

How I remember those regular jaunts around yearling time in Tasmania, visiting the various studs, inspecting the yearlings and returning for the sales a couple of months later.

Tasmanians are very hospitable people; sometimes we would arrive before breakfast, yet were always invited to sit down with the family.

Armidale, at beautiful Carrick, was high on the agenda, the late David Whishaw never failed to make us welcome.

That was the time when Armidale was home to the sires, St.Briavels, a cracking sort of horse, he was a chestnut by Sovereign Path, who predominantly sired grey horses, St Briavels was the exception.

Poachers Moon was a great back stop for Armidale, he was a very consistent sire, while Blessington by Bletchingly, was the new kid on the block.

Bert and Colleen Walker, of Hillstead Stud at Sheffield, stood Lord Helpus, and the former good two year old Pacifica, he was by Red God.

The last port of call was always John Lyne’s Leighton Stud where Sand Hawk was located; he was by Grundy, the 1975 English Derby success.

It is sale again in Tasmania with the Magic Millions selling out of the Inveresk Showgrounds in Launceston, on Thursday February12.

Again, an interesting sale, as quite a few sires are appearing on the scene that was featured in the Magic Millions Sales catalogue on the Gold Coast.

A wide variety of nice horses are being offered that are sure to appeal, 121 lots have been catalogued, the progeny of 66 different sires.

A lot of interest and sentiment is sure to centre on Lot 44, with his close relationship to The Cleaner, the pride and joy of Tasmania, he could be the sale topper, he has type and pedigree.  

Armadale Stud is well represented with 23 lots and Graeme McCulloch’s Grenville Stud, at Whitemore; also have 23 lots to be offered.

Lot 7 from Armidale, by the first season sire Master Of Design, makes appeal, the grand dam had a lot of ability, there is depth even though it is over four generations.

Lot 1, a filly consigned by Ambergate Farm at Scone, is by Zizou, she is the second foal of her dam, her first foal, Hizou, is a winner of three races.

Lot 2, the colt by Zoffany, makes a lot appeal, his progeny on the Gold Coast sold up to $180,000, averaging $93,750 for four lots sold.


Lot 3, another colt by Master Of Design, looks good, although he may be a trifle inbred to Danehill.

Yearlings by Helmet and Sebring, in particular, will create interest, Sebring is a Golden Slipper success and proving very much a versatile sire, getting progeny at the classic distance of 2400 metres.

The only colt in the sale, Lot 93 by the ill fated Beneteau, seems sure to claim attention, reports are positive about him, his yearlings averaged $135,700 at the Magic Millions Sales on the Gold Coast.

Tasmania has a record of breeding sound horses and there is a wide variety of nice horses at the sales on February 12, commencing at 1pm.


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