|A colt by I Am Invincible sold for an even $1 million to top a record breaking Day One of the 2021 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast.|
Leading Melbourne trainer Ciaron Maher, flanked by the stable’s bloodstock manager Will Bourne, went to seven figures to secure the day’s prized lot from the Gilgai Farm draft.
Catalogued as Lot 109, the colt is the first foal of the stakes winning Ocean Park mare Ocean Jewel and is a close relation to Gimcrack Stakes winner Catch Me.
“I saw the horse on the farm and it’s a farm I’ve had a lot of success with,” Maher reported.
“We were hoping we wouldn’t have to go that high but with the yearling prices this year going up and up we thought it was a good opportunity.”
“That was a yearling price but he was an absolute stand out – out of a good mare and by the right stallion.”
“Hopefully he can develop into a good two-year-old,” Maher added.
Rosemont Stud and bloodstock agent Justin Bahen teamed up to secure the top seller from the Shadwell Stud Australasia Unreserved Dispersal Sale of weanlings.
That partnership went to $700,000 to secure the Zoustar colt from Bulbula, consigned as lot 73.
“You’ve got to look in all the markets,” Mithen said. “We’re probably the end user for this colt.”
“We bought the yearling half brother for $1.2 million and we’ve been holding our breath waiting (for this colt).”
“The Snitzel (yearling) has broken in well and impressed the team and it’s a great pedigree – these Shadwell families don’t become available except in these sort of extraordinary circumstances.”
“We’ve got a great client of the farm who will race the horse with us – we’re searching far and wide for these good colts and hopefully they can turn into stallions for our farm in Victoria.”
The Shadwell Stud consignment of weanlings grossed $5.435 million for 20 lots sold at an average price of $271,750.
“It’s been a fantastic day of trade,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. “Obviously the Shadwell Stud Australasia Dispersal was a huge highlight of the day.”
“For an unreserved dispersal there was great bidding all the way through. There’s an insatiable thirst for quality across the industry right now and that was evident through the dispersal and also across the day as a whole.”
“We were confident that we had a group of horses that buyers would want to get involved with and it’s happened in droves here today.”
“To have an average well over $100,000, a gross of almost $18 million and a very healthy clearance rate of 84 per cent is a fantastic beginning to what looks a great fortnight of trade.”
To view the results from Day One of the sale or to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.
Day Two of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale will commence at 10am (AEST) tomorrow.
(Day One 2020 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 230 (120)
Lots Sold: 160 (62)
Lots Passed In: 29 (25)
Lots Withdrawn: 41 (33)
Sale Gross: $17,948,500 ($3,570,000)
Top Price: $1,000,000 ($410,000)
Average Price: $112,178 ($57,581)
Median Price: $51,000 ($36,000)
Sold %: 85 (71)
DAY ONE TOP SELLERS
$1,000,000 – I Am Invincible-Ocean Jewel colt (Lot 109)
Vendor: Gilgai Farm / Buyer: Ciaron Maher B’stock (Vic)
$700,000 – Zoustar-Bulbula colt (Lot 73)
Shadwell Stud Australasia / Rosemont Stud/Bahen B’stock (Vic)
$650,000 – Extreme Choice-Snipzu colt (Lot 181)
Gilgai Farm / China Horse Club/Newgate Bloodstock (NSW)
$600,000 – I Am Invincible-Ektifaa filly (Lot 74)
Shadwell Stud Australasia / Mitchell B’stock (NSW)
$600,000 – Fastnet Rock-Oregon’s Day colt (Lot 116)
Segenhoe Stud (As Agent) / Rosemont Stud/Bahen B’stock (Vic)
$550,000 – Exceed and Excel-Nomothaj colt (Lot 65)
Shadwell Stud Australasia / Tony Fung Investments (Qld)
$550,000 – Zoustar-Enbihaar filly (Lot 77)
Shadwell Stud Australasia / Bahen B’stock (HK)
$500,000 – Per Incanto-Nasaayim colt (Lot 63)
Shadwell Stud Australasia / George Moore B’stock (HK)
$425,000 – I Am Invincible-Turaathy filly (Lot 69)
Shadwell Stud Australasia / Mulcaster B’stock (Qld)
$375,000 – Capitalist-No Looking Back filly (Lot 104)
Kitchwin Hills (As Agent) / Peachester Lodge (Qld)
(ranked by gross spend)
$1,380,000 – Bahen B’stock – 5 lots
$1,300,000 – Rosemont Stud/Bahen B’stock – 2 lots
$1,000,000 – Ciaron Maher B’stock – 1 lot
$1,000,000 – Fernrigg Farm – 4 lots
$760,000 – Tony Fung Investments – 2 lots