A new initiative with the Macau Jockey Club added international intrigue and excitement to last week’s Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale with a simulcast of the sale at a live bidding site proving a great success.
More than 30 leading trainers and owners gathered at the Macau Jockey Club for the popular breeze up style auction and it proved a big hit with many dozens of bids received and 15 two-year-olds purchased.
Magic Millions Sales Director David Chester was delighted with the way the simulcast was received and thanked the Macau Jockey Club’s Thomas Li for the initiative and the Club’s support in the sales process.
“The Macau Jockey Club and Magic Millions have had a great relationship over many years,” Chester said. “And it was fantastic to see this relationship taken to another level.”
“It was great to see the bids coming in from Macau and it added another dimension to the sale.”
Chester’s Personal Assistant Anne Bowman, who was on hand to relay the bids and represent Magic Millions in Macau said it was an exciting afternoon.
“It was our job to virtually turn the room in Macau into a mini Gold Coast style complex,” Anne said. “We had the sale streaming in on screens and the crowd was able to place bids and in the end we purchased 15 lots.”
“There was plenty of excitement each time a horse was sold to Macau – there was cheering in the room. There were even a few cases of multiple bidders on certain lots – bidding against each other as well as those based in Australia.”
“Each time a horse was sold I would present the buyer with a Magic Millions cap and by the time the sale was finished I think everyone left wearing one!”
David Chester thanked the Macau Jockey Club – in particularly Marie May Low Hang, Zane Turner, Kwang Eng Seong and Thomas Li as well as their IT department for their huge effort to bring the idea to reality.
“We were thrilled with the response of our clients in Macau and we look forward to developing this initiative into the future.”
“We thank Thomas Li and his team in Macau and also Anne Bowman for representing Magic Millions in Macau and our other team members including Leigh and Robert at the Gold Coast,” Chester added.
James Moore, now training in Macau after his champion training father Gary relocated to Sydney, was at the Gold Coast and was a very active buyer. His leading purchase was a Redoute’s Choice colt from Glenlogan Park for $115,000.