Last start Group One winner Amanpour was the star of Day Three at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale when she sold for $1.5 million.
The daughter of Northern Meteor who won the Queen of the Turf Stakes during the Sydney Autumn Carnival, will return to the stables of trainer Gai Waterhouse after being purchased by Victoria’s Rosemont Stud in conjunction with Blue Sky Bloodstock.
Offered late in the day as part of a late eight lot supplementary catalogue from Gooree Park Stud, as agent, Amanpour attracted an opening bid of $500,000 and received bids from around the complex until Anthony Mithen for Rosemont and Blue Sky went head to head with Peter O’Brien of Segenhoe Thoroughbreds.
When auctioneer Clint Donovan dropped his gavel it was Mithen who held the bid at $1.5 million – becoming the sixth individual lot to sell for seven figures during the three day select part of the National Broodmare Sale.
“I thought it was enough to pay for her,” Mithen said. “We were pretty close to the knockout blow but it was nice that we were the last one standing.”
“She will spell now and stay with Gai and hopefully have a good spring racing in the red and white gatecrasher colours of Rosemont.”
Mithen indicated that the mare, when retired to stud, would most likely be mated with the farm’s leading international sire Starspangledbanner.
Amanpour’s dam Newscaster sold for $525,000 to the China Horse Club while her hafl sister Swing Dance was sold for $360,000 to Michael Wallace Bloodstock.
Sitting behind Amanpour as the day’s second top seller was the Coolmore Stud supplementary offering Sweet Sanette, a group winning daughter of Jallad, who was snapped up by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock Agency for $875,000.
“She’s a glamorous looking mare who was a group winner on the world stage in South Africa and Hong Kong,” Gabbedy said.
“She’s a gorgeous type and we saw her Fastnet Rock weanling here who was a star type and she’s in foal to the leading sire of the Southern Hemisphere in Fastnet Rock, so she’s a star.”
Another Coolmore Stud supplementary offering, the two-year-old stakes winning Invincible Spirit mare She’s Got Gears in foal to Fastnet Rock was purchased by Dermot Farrington for $700,000.
Beautifully bred mare Elusive Leone, a half sister to Star Witness and Nostradamus presented by Almavale Bloodstock, sold to James Harron Bloodstock with a $550,000 bid. The mare is carrying a three quarter relation to Nostradamus, being in foal to his and Vancouver’s sire Medaglia d’Oro.
The three day select section of the National Broodmare Sale rounded out with a sale gross of $62,294,000 for 527 lots sold at an average price of $118,205. The clearance rate when the last lot was sold this evening sat at 79% and is sure to grow over coming days.
“It was a great way to close out the sale,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. “It was unfortunate the circumstances that brought the second supplementary to us, but we were fortunate we were able to put the sale together for the estate of Mr Henry Cojuangco where we grossed something like $3.7 million over eight lots.”
“The stats aren’t far off last year, the Teeley year, we’ve got a gross of over $62 million which is just sensational. We’re only about $7 million off last year’s turnover and our average of $118,000 and that’s only $9,000 off last year’s average – it’s been a great sale.”
Day Four of the National Broodmare Sale, a general session, will be held from 10am on Sunday.
DAY THREE TOP SELLERS
$1,500,000 – Amanpour (Lot 1410)
Vendor: Gooree Park Stud (As Agent) / Buyer: Rosemont Stud/Blue Sky Bloodstock (Vic)
$875,000 – Sweet Sanette (Lot 1385) in foal to Fastnet Rock
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / Belmont Bloodstock Agency (Vic)
$700,000 – She’s Got Gears (Lot 1384) in foal to Fastnet Rock
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / Dermot Farrington (Vic)
$550,000 – Elusive Leone (Lot 1152) in foal to Medaglia d’Oro
Almavale Bloodstock (As Agent) / James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)
$525,000 – Newscaster (Lot 1406) in foal to Smart Missile
Gooree Park Stud (As Agent) / China Horse Club (HK)
$500,000 – Grand Daughter (Lot 1207) in foal to More Than Ready
Yarraman Park Stud (As Agent) / Twin Palms Stud (NSW)
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(ranked by total spend)
$4,375,000 – Rosemont Stud/Blue Sky Bloodstock – 15 lots
$3,260,000 – China Horse Club – 9 lots
$3,110,000 – James Bester Bloodstock – 3 lots
$2,426,500 – Belmont Bloodstock Agency – 16 lots
$2,300,000 – Katsumi Yoshida – 2 lots
$2,075,000 – Tom Magnier – 2 lots
$1,820,000 – Emirates Park – 3 lots
$1,775,000 – Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock – 8 lots
$1,620,000 – Dermot Farrington – 7 lots
$1,600,000 – Nick Vass Bloodstock – 1 lot