The three quarter brother to star galloper The Cleaner topped today’s record breaking 2015 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale at the Inveresk Showgrounds in Launceston.
Offered by Armidale Stud on behalf of his breeders, the colt catalogued as Lot 44 sold for a record price of $100,000.
Rob Slade, who operated the successful Slade Bloodstock syndication company, went toe to toe with leading Adelaide trainer John Hyam with Slade’s $100,000 record bid the successful one.
The bay colt is the last Savoire Vivre yearling to be sold at auction and is from the stakes winning El Moxie mare Private Nip and is a half brother to fellow Tasmanian stakes winner Twenty Grand.
“He looks a real tough horse like his three quarter brother The Cleaner,” Slade said. “He will head to the John McArdle stable, so he’s in great hands.”
“Hopefully we can come back to Tasmania with him and win a race like the Launceston Cup,” Slade added.
The second top priced lot for the day came with the second last lot in the ring – Lot 120 – the Zoffany-Genuine Blonde colt, also from Armidale Stud.
A half brother to the stakes winner Radha Rani and Monday’s Hobart Cup runner-up Genuine Lad, the flashy colt was purchased by Victoria’s Scott Brown for $70,000 after a spirited bidding battle with at least four parties.
The top priced filly of the day was the Sebring-Cunning Lass filly from Armidale Stud, as agent. The first foal of a lightly raced Danzero mare, she was purchased by leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir for $60,000.
All up 89 lots were sold today at a gross of $1.543 million – up over 50% on last year’s successful auction. The average price of $17,337 was up 32% on the 2014 figures. Today’s clearance rate was over 82%.
Tasracing Chief Executive Officer Dr Eliot Forbes was impressed with today’s sale which boasted not only a record price, but also a record average price and record sale gross.
“This is a huge boost of confidence in the local industry and the quality of the Tasmanian product,” Dr Forbes noted.
Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox was also delighted with the results of today’s auction.
“Having a record top price and a record average speaks volumes for the Tasmanian Racing industry. To that end we’d like to thank Tasracing’s Dr Elliot Forbes and David Manshanden and their team. The relationship formed between Magic Millions and Tasracing has gone from strength to strength.”
“As good as the result was – we think we can improve on it in the years to come,” Cox added.
To view the results and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.
The Magic Millions focus now switches to Perth with Saturday’s feature raceday followed by the sales next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Belmont Park Sales Complex. The view that online catalogue click here.
(2014 statistics in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 121 (96)
Lots Sold: 89 (76)
Lots Passed In: 18 (11)
Lots Withdrawn: 14 (9)
Sale Gross: $1,543,000 ($1,000,000)
Top Price: $100,000 ($85,000)
Average Price: $17,337 ($13,158)
Sold %: 83.2 (87)
$100,000 – Savoire Vivre-Private Nip colt (Lot 44)
Vendor: Armidale Stud (As Agent for I Creese & R Hall) / Buyer: Slade Bloodstock (Vic)
$70,000 – Zoffany-Genuine Blonde colt (Lot 120)
Armidale Stud (As Agent for A Scanlan & R Banks) / Scott Brown (Vic)
$60,000 – Sebring-Cunning Lass filly (Lot 106)
Armidale Stud (As Agent) / Darren Weir Racing (Vic)
$55,000 – Beneteau-Banishing colt (Lot 93)
Brooklyn Park (As Agent) / Christopher Parry (Vic)
$50,000 – Toorak Toff-Smooth Return filly
Alva Stud / Kelvin Wadley (Tas)