|With 104 individual stakes winners of 154 black type races, Magic Millions graduates had another 12 months to remember during the recently completed 2015/16 racing season
The high class performances were led by champion mare Winx, the highest rated Australian racehorse and highest rated mare in the world.
During the season Winx remained unbeaten in seven starts – a streak which included five Group One victories – the Epsom Handicap, WS Cox Plate, Chipping Norton Stakes, George Ryder Stakes and The Doncaster.
Bred by the Camilleri family’s Fairway Thoroughbreds and sold through the draft of Coolmore Stud for $210,000 at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Winx boasts a career record of 13 wins and three seconds from 19 starts with earnings of over $6.6 million.
The clear favourite to be crowned Australian Horse of the Year, Winx is out to make it back to back wins in racing’s major award after the crowning of fellow Gold Coast Yearling graduate Dissident a year earlier.
Magic Millions’ 104 stakes winners during the season ranged in purchase price from $1,800 to $720,000 and emerged from 14 different auctions the company stages each year.
Tarquinn Shadow, winner of the listed Starstruck Classic in December, emerged as the company’s best value stakes winner of the season – a $1,800 purchase from the 2012 Perth Winter Thoroughbred Sale.
Another of the season’s great success stories was Sold for Song, a multiple stakes winner purchased for $2,500 from the Gold Coast Yearling Sale. With three wins and five placings from just nine starts, Sold for Song has already earned connections over $350,000.
Classy stakes winners Alpha Miss, Cradle Me, Didntcostalot, Eclair Choice, Jumbo Prince, The Cleaner and Timeless Prince were others to have raced to stakes success last season – all purchased for $10,000 or less.
Black Heart Bart, a $20,000 Perth Yearling Sale purchase, won five stakes races during the season including the Group One The Goodwood in Adelaide and boosted his earnings to $1,979,850.
Another exceptional performer was Buffering, an international Group One winner, who at home scooped another two Group Ones. The $22,000 Gold Coast March Yearling from Racetree, has now earned a staggering $7,267,694.
During the 2015/16 racing season Magic Millions graduates won about 5,000 races in Australia alone, earning over $154 million with no fewer than 620 black type top three finishes.
The 2016/17 season is underway and the feature race run so far, the Group Two PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield, was won by Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase Miss Rose de Lago.