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Quality entries continued to attract plenty of strong interest during the second session of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. at the Gold Coast today.
Highlighted by the sale of the stakes winning Encosta de Lago mare Strawberry Field for $1 million, the session saw buyers from Australia and abroad compete for a wonderful selection of breeding prospects.
Leading Sydney based trainer Gerald Ryan made his presence felt when he outbid Patinack Farm to buy Strawberry Field for $1 million.
It was the second mare at the sale to make seven figures following the sale yesterday of Cheeky Choice to Baramul Stud for $1.025 million.
All up 326 lots have changed hands over the past two days at an impressive average price of $54,697 – just shy of last year’s figure at the corresponding stage of the sale.
The clearance rate remains at 80 per cent – compared to 77 per cent last year.
The was strong interest at the conclusion of the day when shares in exciting young Golden Slipper winning sires Sebring and Stratum sold for $285,000 and $330,000 respectively.
Magic Millions Managing Director David Chester said today’s session was tougher than yesterday’s booming opening.
“We couldn’t match our outstanding clearance rate from yesterday – but overall the figure is still quite acceptable.”
“The sale probably couldn’t have come at a worse time with the stock market taking a major dip over the past couple of weeks.”
“But taking everything into account and with the success of the recent National Weanling Sale – things are going along pretty well.”
“In saying that I think the buyers here at the sale are getting great value and there will be more of the same tomorrow.”
The third session of the National Broodmare Sale will be held tomorrow from 10am (Qld time).
There are some outstanding prospects to go under the hammer including the group winning dam of Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready and some top prospects in the supplementary including stakes winners Princess Marizza, Baby Corn and Hanabananah.
A quality line up of stallions will also go under the hammer.