The build up to next month’s multi million dollar Jeep Magic Millions Raceday continued yesterday with graduates of the sales company starring around the country.
Magic Millions graduates won six of the eight stakes races on offer and have a three quarter relation to another headed for January’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
The juvenile streak of success continued with Gold Coast graduates winning all three two-year-old events open to all-comers including both stakes races in Brisbane.
Exciting first season sire I Am Invincible capped a big Saturday when debutant Bassillique burst into contention for the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic by winning the listed Phelan Ready Stakes at Doomben.
At Flemington I Am The General provided the Yarraman Park Stud based sire with his first city winner and Bassillique then became his first stakes winner when he completed a memorable double.
A $160,000 purchase from this year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale by local trainer Toby Edmonds, Bassillique got home by a length to beat Goluana and Boom Box.
Bassillique is one of four winners for the former talented Langfuhr mare Sacred Hill, a winner of five races and over $150,000. Sacred Hill is a half sister to Pottinger, These Days and the dams of Sky Cuddle, Highly Recommended, Sky Love, Hint, Undeniably and Adamantium.
The latest yearling from Sacred Hill, a full brother to Bassillique is catalogued as Lot 682 in January’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.
The $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic is also on the agenda for boom filly Oakleigh Girl after she made it two stakes wins from as many starts on Saturday.
The Dan Bougoure prepared daughter of Snitzel looked under pressure mid way down the straight before responding to riding and kicking away for a strong win.
Her Calaway Gal Stakes success on the weekend followed her outstanding debut win in listed grade at Flemington on Cup Day.
Oakleigh Girl led home a trifecta result for Magic Millions graduates and also eligible graduates for the $500,000 Racing Women Bonus run in conjunction with the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
A $400,000 Gold Coast Yearling purchase from Arrowfield Stud, Oakleigh Girl is from the Group One winner Miss Kournikova.
Mornington trainer Shane Nichols will head north to the Gold Coast with his progressive youngster I Am The General after a dashing win at Flemington on Saturday.
Leading home another Magic Millions trifecta clean sweep result, I Am The General had his large band of owners cheering with a Classic start clinching win.
“We’re there and we’ll just try to keep him in one piece and see what happens,” the trainer told reporters after the win. “But it’s good times.”
I Am The General, a $35,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from Yarraman Park Stud, recently chased home quality Sydney filly Sheer Style in the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat.
Nichol’s exciting Flemington winner is the first winner to date for the group winning General Nediym mare General’s Dynasty.
Into the Red gave his Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas prospects a boost when he scored an impressive win in Saturday’s listed Gold Edition Plate at Doomben.
Prepared by Kelso Wood, Into the Red was sent out the $1.95 favourite and he got home in an all Magic Millions finish to beat Choose a Saga and Gundy Spirit.
Wood confirmed that Into the Red would race next in the Group Three Vo Rogue Plate on December 28 before the Magic Millions Guineas a fortnight later.
Into the Red was purchased by leading bloodstock agent John Foote for $100,000 from the Goodwood Farm draft at the 2012 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
A son of former Magic Millions graduate Not a Single Doubt, Into the Red is the first stakes winner to date for the 100 per cent winner producer Red Sequin. A sister to stakes winning 11 time winner Czar Hero, Red Sequin is also the dam of Sydney winners Sequinella and Redhandedjill.
Quality mare Divine City will target Magic Millions raceday after a runaway win in Saturday’s listed Just Now Handicap (1350m) at Doomben.
Trainer Garnett Taylor said the daughter of Magic Millions Adelaide Classic winner Ferocity would run in the Fillies and Mares feature on January 11 after her dashing win.
Leading home a Magic Millions trifecta clean sweep, Divine City sent her earnings soaring to over $316,000 – a lofty figure considering her purchase for just $7,000 from the Oaklands Stud draft at the 2010 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.
The mare is from the once raced Anabaa mare Miss Katy Louise and hails from the family of Australian Cup winner Admiral Lincoln and international stars Pride of Rosewood and Challen.
Talented Brisbane miler Someday will be aimed at more festive season features after scoring a soft win in the listed Brisbane Handicap on Saturday.
Trainer Kelso Wood said Someday, a Raheen Stud graduate of the 2009 National Weanling Sale, would most likely head to the Bernborough Handicap at Toowoomba on New Year’s Eve.
Someday, now the winner of seven races and earner of over $340,000, is a son of former leading globe trotting sprinter Falvelon.
He is the sole runner for the four time winning and Group Two Tea Rose Stakes placegetter Miss Ivy, a daughter of former slick sprinter Gold Brose.
Quality Sydney sprinter Aeronautical provided some consolation for connections when he won Saturday’s listed Razor Sharp Handicap at Kensington.
A son of leading sire Encosta de Lago, Aeronautical notched a second stakes win and sent his earnings past $435,000 when he beat fellow Magic Millions graduate Heart Testa in the feature Sydney sprint.
The well bred gelding was aimed at the Razor Sharp after missing an invite to the recent Hong Kong International Sprint.
A $100,000 purchase for trainer Lionel Cohen from the Amarina Farm draft at the 2010 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Aeronautical is from the stakes performed Fusaichi Pegasus mare Moon Fever, a daughter of Group One winning sprinter Stella Cadente.
Next month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale received a timely boost on Saturday when the Fastnet Rock gelding Ninth Legion won the Group Two Villiers Handicap at Kensington.
Prepared by Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes, Ninth Legion got home to beat Limes by three parts of a length, while Alma’s Fury was a similar margin back in third place.
The latest yearling from Xaar’s Jewel, a lovely bay filly by Dane Shadow, is being prepared by Edinglassie Stud for January’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
The filly, a three quarter sister to Ninth Legion, is catalogued as Lot 181 and will go under the hammer during the latter stages of the first session of the auction on January 8.
Ninth Legion’s sire Fastnet Rock is represented by 37 yearlings at the Gold Coast, while the draft from Edinglassie Stud comprises 11 quality prospects.
PICS – Dan Costello (Brisbane), Sportpix (Sydney) and Greg Irvine (Melbourne).