Offered at the auction by Grenville Stud, the filly beat the previous best price of $115,000 to be the standout top seller of a highly successful sale.
The Snippetson filly, consigned as Lot 85, is the sixth foal of the stakes performed mare Flying Diva, a two time winner by Flying Spur.
She is a full sister to the star Tasmanian owned and now Victorian trained Kenjorwood – a winner of 10 races and 17 times placed for earnings of over $686,000.
It was only fitting the connections of Kenjorwood were able to buy the filly with one bid – after outlasting both Denise Martin of Star Thoroughbreds and Henry Dwyer.
“We came to the sale with no real plan to buy her,” Winwood said. “We wanted to see her on type and she turned out to remind us so much of the brother.”
“She has great presence and is a real free flowing filly – very athletic – everything you look for in a horse.”
“After seeing her today we decided we were interested and worked on a budget of $80,000. We only placed one bid at $160,000 and it did the trick.”
“We went well over the budget, but we just wanted to buy her – and they say you should buy the one you love, not the one that’s left,” Winwood added.
The second top priced seller of the day was the Written Tycoon-Burnished filly from Armidale Stud who sold to Prime Thoroughbreds for $100,000.
The leading buyer of the day was young Victorian trainer Matthew Brown who signed for seven lots at a spend of $201,000.
The sale rounded out with a record average price of $24,062 boasting a gross of $2.31 million at a clearance rate of over 78 per cent.
“To hold our mark on what was a spectacular sale last year is a fabulous result for the Tasmanian breeders,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.
“It has become evident that mainland buyers are zeroing in on this sale with good reason following the outstanding racetrack success of previous graduates.”
“Today we saw the record price for a Tasmanian Yearling obliterated to $160,000 – congratulations to the McCulloch family of Grenville Stud it would be tremendously rewarding for them to attain such a result.”
“With the support of Tasracing we’ve been able to grow this sale exponentially over the last few years,” Cox added.
To view the results of the sale and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.
The Magic Millions focus now switches to Western Australia for the 2017 Perth Yearling Sale to be conducted on Monday and Tuesday.
(2016 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 133 (126)
Lots Sold: 96 (101)
Lots Withdrawn: 10 (5)
Lots Passed In: 27 (20)
Top Price: $160,000 ($115,000)
Average Price: $24,062 ($23,168)
Median Price: $20,000 ($18,000)
Sale Gross: $2,310,000 ($2,340,000)
Sold %: 78 (83)
$160,000 – Snippetson-Flying Diva filly (Lot 85)
Vendor: Grenville Stud / Buyer: Leigh Winwood (Tas)
$100,000 – Written Tycoon-Burnished filly (Lot 63)
Armidale Stud (As Agent) / Prime Thoroughbreds (Vic)
$90,000 – Needs Further-Phyl’s Choice colt (Lot 129)
Armidale Stud (As Agent) / John Blacker (Tas)
$85,000 – Statue of Liberty-Galvanized colt (Lot 88)
Reibey Lodge / Brendan McShane (Tas)
$70,000 – Star Witness-Heaven’s Choice colt (Lot 95)
Armidale Stud (As Agent) / Gary White (Tas)
(ranked by total spend)
$201,000 – Matthew Brown (Vic) – 7 lots
$180,500 – John Blacker (Tas) – 5 lots
$160,000 – Leigh Winwood (Tas) – 1 lot
$132,000 – Prime Thoroughbreds (Vic) – 2 lots
$106,000 – Gary White (Tas) – 2 lots