Consigned by Gleeson Thoroughbred Connections as Lot 398, the colt attracted strong interest after an opening bid of $50,000 and when auctioneer Clint Donovan dropped the gavel it was Gary Moore’s bid of $160,000 that was successful.
The colt sold $10,000 ahead of yesterday’s pair of colts who were purchased for $150,000 to finish the sale leaderboard on top.
A striking chestnut, the colt is the fourth foal of a lightly raced Red Ransom three quarter sister to group winner and $932,000 earner Crimson Reign.
“He was the colt of the sale,” a delighted Gary Moore enthused after buying the colt.
“I really like Sizzling – he was a great Magic Millions graduate and I’m hoping this colt will run as well as he looks.”
“The colt looks a natural early two-year-old and he will be set for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January,” Moore added.
Moore has been an active buyer of a six figure yearling at every Magic Millions Yearling Sale he’s attended in 2017 – the Gold Coast in January, Perth in February and Adelaide and the Gold Coast again in March.
The second top seller today was who lot 301 – the Monashee Mountain full brother to Miss Cover Girl who sold to Dave Mee’s Pinhook Bloodstock in conjunction with leading trainer Tony Sears for $130,000.
The colt, presented by Kenmore Lodge, is the fourth foal of the city winning Show a Heart mare Tolart – the dam of Group One Winter Stakes winner Miss Cover Girl – her only runner to date.
The top selling filly for the day was Jorson Farm’s Star Witness filly from Casuarina – an unraced Fusaichi Pegasus half sister to Typhoon Zed. She sold to leading local trainer Toby Edmonds.
Over the two days of selling some 298 lots changed hands at a gross of $8,587,000, average of $28,815 and impressive clearance rate of over 81 per cent. All figures were up slightly on last year’s corresponding auction.
“Uncannily this sale is a mirror image of the 2016 version,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.
“For three years running the gross of the sale has been sitting over $8 million – where up until that time it struggled to reach $6 million.”
“The breeders have had the benefit of the 30 per cent increase for three years now and it would be assumed that their windfall will lead to increased investment of bloodstock across the board.”
“The market was aggressive on quality bloodstock and there are obvious reasons while others struggled.”
“In closing I would like to congratulate our own James Dawson who has been widely recognised for the effort he has put in to the sale both from a buyers and vendors perspective,” Cox added.
To view the results of the sale or to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.
(2016 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 400 (395)
Sale Gross: $8,587,000 ($8,355,500)
Top Price: $160,000 ($170,000)
Average Price: $28,815 ($28,420)
Lots Sold: 298 (294)
Lots Withdrawn: 32 (30)
Lots Passed In: 70 (71)
Median Price: $22,000 ($21,000)
Sold %: 81 (81)
DAY TWO TOP SELLERS
$160,000 – Sizzling-Crimson Belle colt (Lot 398)
Vendor: Gleeson T’bred Connections / Buyer: Gary Moore Racing (NSW)
$130,000 – Monashee Mountain-Tolart colt (Lot 301)
Kenmore Lodge (As Agent) / Pinhook B’stock/Tony Sears Racing (Qld)
$105,000 – Star Witness-Casuarina filly (Lot 375)
Jorson Farm / Edmonds Racing Pty Ltd (Qld)
$90,000 – Star Witness-Special Lie filly (Lot 280)
Zammit Bloodstock Pty Ltd / Matthew Dunn/Neil Jenkinson (NSW)
$86,000 – Spirit of Boom-Proud colt (Lot 216)
Clear Mountain Fairview Pty Ltd / Michael Nolan (Qld)