Two youngsters by super sire Redoute’s Choice shared top billing during a top class day of selling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Thursday.
The pair of youngsters, a colt and a filly, both sold for $720,000 and helped push the cumulative sale gross to over $50 million.
Lot 249, a three quarter sister to Magic Millions Guineas fancy Aerobar, was the first of the pair to share top honours when she sold to Rick Worthington.
Presented by Arrowfield Stud the filly is the second living foal of a three time winning Hussonet sister to the stakes winner Ego’s Good.
“Whenever and wherever we buy a yearling and whether it be a colt or a filly it must be an athlete as you can’t train a pedigree page,” Worthington said.
“The fact that this filly has a great pedigree just increases her value of course. You’re buying an athlete, but if she can run there’s great residual there.”
Later in the day James Harron in partnership with American based buyer John Moynihan went to $720,000 to secure the day’s equal top selling colt.
The colt, catalogued as lot 359, was from the group performed, grand producing Quest for Fame mare Kidman and was presented by Newhaven Park.
The good looking colt is a three quarter brother to the outstanding Singapore based gallopers Zac Spirit and Zac Influence.
“We loved the horse – arguably he was the best bred horse of the sale,” Moynihan said. “If he runs like he looks then the sky is the limit.”
“He could be a stallion – we’re excited.”
When the final lot of Day 2 was sold this evening the sale gross had reached $50,645,000 which was up almost 24 per cent on the same figure last year. The average price of $171,678 is up over 28 per cent on 2014.
Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said he was delighted with the figures returned for the sale after two days.
“Today’s just been an amazing day, it really has,” Cox said. “It’s been amongst the strongest yearling sales that I’ve been involved with in over 24 years in the business.”
“There’s some star lots to come over the next couple of days so we may see some more fireworks yet.”
“While many horses have sold beyond expectations there’s still some great value on offer and prospective buyers will get some great opportunities through the remainder of the sale,” he added.
With strong results on Day Two, Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice assumed his place at the top of the sire standings when ranked by average. His 16 lots sold so far have averaged $388,438. Fastnet Rock is second on the table at $320,938 while Sepoy leads the first season sires and is third overall with an average of $303,333.
The third day of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale will be held from 11am (Qld time) on Friday.
(D1-2 2014 in brackets)
Catalogued: 400 (380)
Gross: $50,645,000 ($41,007,500)
Average: $171,678 ($133,575)
Median Price: $140,000 ($120,000)
Top Price: $850,000 ($450,000)
Lots Sold: 295(307)
Lots Withdrawn: (32)
Lots Passed In: (40)
Sold %: 82.4 (88)
SESSION TWO TOP SELLERS
$720,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Flavoured filly (Lot 249)
Vendor: Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Buyer: Rick Worthington Bloodstock (NSW)
$720,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Kidman colt (Lot 359)
Newhaven Park (As Agent) / James Harron B’stock/John Moynihan (USA)
$620,000 – Snitzel-Hokospokus (Lot 308)
Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Gai Waterhouse Racing (NSW)
$520,000 – Sepoy-Florentina colt (Lot 252)
Segenhoe Stud (As Agent for Fairway Thoroughbreds) / Moody Racing (Vic)
$450,000 – Snitzel-Fairchild colt (Lot 230)
Bell View Park Stud / Gerald Ryan Racing (NSW)
$430,000 – So You Think-Dorabella colt (Lot 207)
Kia-Ora Stud / Scone Bloodstock (NSW)
(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)
$388,438 – Redoute’s Choice – 16 sold
$320,938 – Fastnet Rock – 8 sold
$303,333 – Sepoy – 12 sold
$233,333 – Street Cry – 3 sold
$223,889 – So You Think – 9 sold
$215,769 – Snitzel – 26 sold
$210,000 – Exceed and Excel – 5 sold
$198,750 – I Am Invincible – 8 sold
$190,000 – Foxwedge – 8 sold
$186,667 – Not a Single Doubt – 6 sold