Group One winner Diademe (pictured
) rounded out the day as the highest priced seller when she was knocked down to Michael Wallace acting for the China Horse Club.
Offered by Coolmore Australia, Diademe was previously owned in partnership by the China Horse Club, but today that operation went to $1.7 million to secure the exciting producer outright.
So far Diademe has produced two foals. The first was sold for NZ$1 million as a yearling, while her second, a Fastnet Rock colt sold for $650,000 at last week’s National Weanling Sale in the same sale ring.
“Obviously she is a Group One winning mare by Savabeel,” Wallace said. “She’s put down two wonderful foals with her first two foals and she’s a Grade A specimen physically.”
“She’s got everything going for her,” he added. “It’s been well documented the ownership that was involved with her so it was good to get that tidied up and move along with a nice mare.”
Wallace said no definite decision had been made where Diademe will head after she produces a Vancouver foal in a few months time.
“We have a strong interest in Russian Revolution so he would be seriously considered for her going forward and you’ve got the champion stallions like Snitzel and I Am Invincible who would be in the mix for her.”
Later in the day Group Two winning Melbourne sprinter Heatherly was knocked down to New Zealand based bloodstock agent Paul Moroney acting in partnership with Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock Australia.
Presented by Yarran on behalf of owners Barrie and Midge Griffiths, Heatherly attracted an opening bid of $1 million at which time it was announced she was on the market. In the end it was Moroney’s bid of $1.6 million that came out on top.
Go Bloodstock Manager Geoff Roan said it was a relief to be able to buy one of their star picks of the sale.
“We’ve had a go at a couple of others and missed,” Roan said. “It’s a really strong sale.”
“We picked her out really early as one we would target. We didn’t expect her to go to that level but she was one we thought we’d really like to have for Sir Owen Glenn and she will go to Russian Revolution – it will be a perfect mating.”
“We have followed her for a while and always liked her,” Roan added of Heatherly. “We thought she had such good strength and physicality. Sir Owen loves that high quality and he just said to me – don’t get beat!”
One of the early big sellers on the day was the good looking grey mare Arabian Gold who was purchased by Paul Guy’s Heritage Bloodstock for $900,000.
Arabian Gold, a Group Two winner, was a member of the quality draft from Queensland’s Element Hill operation.
“She’s a good style of mare,” Guy said. “She’s a typical Dubawi – he’s just been such a wonderful sire worldwide and she was such an exceptional racemare.”
“She was tough and genuine with great ability and that’s what we were ultimately looking for,” Guy added.
Prominent Western Australian breeder Ellie Giles was all smiles during the afternoon when her top producing mare Fiorentina (Lot 1066, in foal to Fastnet Rock) was sold to Mark Pilkington and Tom Magnier for $850,000.
Segenhoe Stud Australia presented the horse on behalf of Giles who made the trip across from Perth to see her mare go under the hammer.
It was a big couple of days for Fiorentina, a half sister to Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso, as her Group One winning daughter Silent Sedition was sold yesterday for $1.5 million.
After two days of selling the National Broodmare Sale gross has soared over $66 million for 422 lots sold at an average price of $156,768 at an impressive clearance rate of over 84 per cent.
“It was a sensational day’s trade,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch noted. “It was probably one of the strongest day’s selling we’ve had here.”
“Vendors are delighted with the way the sale went and buyers as a whole have been very confident in the market, they’ve bid strong and we’re pleased where we’re at.”
“I was a little cautious today how the mares in foal would go – having a big catalogue of them. But it’s a very solid sale. To be clearing some 84 per cent and for the average to be holding up somewhere near what it was yesterday is sensational.”
To see a video review of today’s action from the sales complex click here. To view the full results and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.
Day Three of the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale will be held from 10am (AEST) tomorrow (Thursday).
Lots Catalogued: 583
Lots Sold: 422
Lots Passed In: 80
Lots Withdrawn: 81
Sale Gross: $66,156,000
Average Price: $156,768
Top Price: $2,600,000
Median Price: $65,000
Sold %: 84
DAY TWO TOP SELLERS
$1,700,000 – Diademe (Lot 1007)
Vendor: Coolmore Australia (As Agent) / Buyer: China Horse Club (NSW)
$1,600,000 – Heatherly (Lot 1098)
Yarran (As Agent) / Go Bloodstock Australia/Paul Moroney B’stock (NSW)
$900,000 – Arabian Gold (Lot 867)
Element Hill (As Agent) / Heritage Bloodstock (Vic)
$850,000 – Fiorentina (Lot 1066)
Segenhoe Stud Australia (As Agent) / Mark Pilkington Management/Tom Magnier (Vic)
$800,000 – Gold and Diamonds (Lot 1078)
Newgate Farm (As Agent) / Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty Ltd (Vic)