Rubisaki Stars as Successful National Broodmare Sale Ends

Rubisaki Stars as Successful National Broodmare Sale Ends

Triple Group winner Rubisaki was the star when selling for $1.4 million and topping the third and final day of a successful Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast.
Offered as Lot 935 by Morningside, Rubisaki was presented in foal to champion Arrowfield Stud sire Snitzel and she was purchased by the Surace family’s B2B Thoroughbreds.

She was one of three mares to sell for seven figures on the day, bringing the three day total of millionaire lots to 15.

“Really excited to get her,” Ricky Surace Jnr said moments after the gavel fell for Rubisaki. “We came here to buy one mare and this is the one we landed on.”

“Obviously she’s a stunning physical, in foal to Snitzel and a terrific racehorse. We’re really excited. We had to pay a lot of money for her but it is well spent.”

“She had a massive turn of foot and I like that she was really well tempered. She could come from behind and explode over the top of them. She’s a mare that can suit a range of different stallions.”

“We haven’t made plans (for the foal). We’ll just get her home and foal her down then decide that in a year’s time. We like to sell most of ours but if it is a nice filly then there’s no reason why we wouldn’t race her.”

“She’d be right at the top (of B2B’s broodmare band). We’re lucky enough to have a lot of good broodmares. We’ve had a really good year, especially at the yearling sales. She’s certainly up top.”

“She was the only one in the whole sale that we wanted so we did have to pay a little bit extra for her but these horses are so hard to buy and the market is selective now. These are mares that you want to be breeding out of and selling.”

Later in the day Coolmore’s Tom Magnier went to $1.2 million to secure Single Blonde from the Element Hill Unreserved Dispersal draft.

Earlier this week the I Am Invincible filly from Single Blonde set a National Weanling Sale record when she sold for $800,000.

“A lovely mare in foal to Wootton Bassett,” Tom Moore, representing the Coolmore team said. “We all saw the I Am Invincible filly top the sale here last week.”

“She was a highly rated filly, so you can bid on them with confidence knowing that she can produce commercial types in the sale ring.”

“Obviously the fact that she is in foal to Wootton Bassett is a big plus for us. We can take her home, foal her down and if she has a nice Wootton Bassett it is very easy to go back to him.

“Or we can take her to Home Affairs and breed a three quarter to the $800,000 filly that sold earlier in the week.”

The third lot to sell for over $1 million came late in the afternoon when the lovely mare Witherspoon, offered as part of the Newgate Consignment, was purchased by David Redvers and Widden Stud for $1.2 million.

The Group placed daughter of Exceed and Excel, a half sister to Group One winner Manuel, is in foal to I Am Invincible. 

“A really lovely, sharp type of mare,” Widden’s Antony Thompson said. “Two foals, I thought they were two very good foals and she is a mare that I underbid as a race filly off the track so I probably should have bought her a couple of years ago.”

“It cost me twice as much to come back and buy her now but having seen the foals she’s throwing, I’ve got more belief in her now than then.”

“There is great cover inside her and hopefully she continues to throw those types. We bought her for the commercial mares venture so hopefully we can get a good return on the investment with the form she’s carrying.”

“I thought the foal was a beautiful foal the other day so you know she’s doing it with a variety of stallions and she’s a mare that will throw you a good sort. That is the commercial market – lovely types of mares that throw good sorts. They are the sort of mares you want to own.”

“I bought her with David Redvers so she’ll go back to Zoustar and some clients from our mare partnership are involved as well.”

“We’ve had a lot of luck buying high end mares with Bonny O’Reilly, Prompt Response and Summer Sham, and some of those mares,” Thompson added. “Those guys have invested again.”

Leading vendor at the sale by gross was again the Newgate Consignment – a draft that featured a number of high priced sellers – led by Platinum Jubilee, who sold for $3.5 million on Tuesday. The Newgate draft grossed almost $20 million for their 53 lots sold.

Zhijun Zhao was leading buyer on spend with eight lots purchased for $13,125,000 – headlined by champion mare Imperatriz who set a Southern Hemisphere record at $6.6 million.

Across the three day National Broodmare Sale over $97.6 million was traded on 472 lots sold at an average price of $206,801 and a fantastic clearance rate of 83 per cent.

“From the Weanling Sale to the Broodmare trade, we are delighted and can only summarise it as a success,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

“We had an unbelievable race fillies section but the mares-in-foal were probably under last year’s level.”

“We were never going to reach last year’s level with less horses but it has been another outstanding bloodstock sale for Australia.”

“It is a lot for the breeders to give up these mares and when they hit the market there is an appetite for them.”

“I was pleased with the number of people we got here, the cross-section of them, and the genuine nature of their involvement.”

Attention now immediately switches to the two day National Yearling Sale which commences next Tuesday at 10am (Qld time). Inspections will start Saturday.

“The National Yearling Sale has a proud record of producing high class horses across Australia and around the globe,” Bowditch added. “Tuesday and Wednesday will present so many wonderful opportunities for prospective buyers.”

To see the results of the National Broodmare Sale, or to make an offer on a passed in lot, click here.

(2023 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 641 (725)
Lots Sold: 472 (492)
Lots Passed In: 94 (149)
Lots Withdrawn: 75 (84)
Sale Gross: $97,610,000 ($107,130,000)
Average Price: $206,801 ($217,744)
Top Price: $6,600,000 ($4,100,000)
Median Price: $95,000 ($100,000)
Sold %: 83 (77)


Lots Catalogued: 224
Lots Sold: 175
Lots Passed In: 21
Lots Withdrawn: 28
Sale Gross: $52,409,000
Average Price: $299,480
Top Price: $6,600,000
Median Price: $100,000
Sold %: 89


Lots Catalogued: 411
Lots Sold: 296
Lots Passed In: 70
Lots Withdrawn: 45
Sale Gross: $44,728,500
Average Price: $151,109
Top Price: $1,800,000
Median Price: $85,000
Sold %: 81


$1,400,000 – Rubisaki (Lot 935)
Morningside / B2B Thoroughbreds (NSW)

$1,200,000 – Single Blonde (Lot 964)
Element Hill (Unreserved Dispersal) / Tom Magnier (NSW)

$1,200,000 – Witherspoon (Lot 1038)
Newgate Consignment (As Agent) / David Redvers/Widden Stud (NSW)

$625,000 – Natural Colour (Lot 879)
Newgate Consignment (As Agent) / Panthalassa Syndicate (Vic)

$600,000 – Whatafox (Lot 1031)
Attunga Stud (As Agent) / David Redvers/Widden Stud (NSW)


$6,600,000 – Imperatriz (Lot 587)
Vendor: Te Akau Racing (As Agent) / Buyer: Zhijun Zhao (Vic)

$3,500,000 – Platinum Jubilee (Lot 513)
Newgate Consignment (As Agent for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott) / Coolmore Stud (NSW)

$2,700,000 – Madame Pommery (Lot 487)
Chris Waller Racing (As Agent) / Coolmore Stud (NSW)

$2,500,000 – Chain of Lightning (Lot 430)
Kenmore Lodge (As Agent for Ramsey Pastoral) / Zhijun Zhao (Vic)

$2,000,000 – Ruthless Dame (Lot 624)
Ciaron Maher Racing (As Agent) / Katsumi Yoshida (Japan)

$1,800,000 – Mariamia (Lot 852)
Newhaven Park (As Agent) / Zhijun Zhao (Vic)

$1,400,000 – Legacies (Lot 482)
Rosemont Stud (As Agent) / Coolmore Stud (NSW)

$1,400,000 – Rubisaki (Lot 935)
Morningside / B2B Thoroughbreds (NSW)

$1,200,000 – Ulanova (Lot 566)
Sledmere Stud (As Agent) / Andrew Williams B’stock (NSW)

$1,200,000 – Biscayne Bay (Lot 683)
Yarraman Park Stud (As Agent) / Panthalassa Syndicate (Vic)

$1,200,000 – Grande Dame (Lot 772)
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / James Bester B’stock/Morning Rise Stud (NSW)

$1,200,000 – Single Blonde (Lot 964)
Element Hill (Unreserved Dispersal) / Tom Magnier (NSW)

$1,200,000 – Witherspoon (Lot 1038)
Newgate Consignment (As Agent) / David Redvers/Widden Stud (NSW)

(ranked by total spend)

$13,125,000 – Zhijun Zhao – 8 lots
$7,600,000 – Coolmore Stud – 3 lots
$5,155,000 – Panthalassa Syndicate – 13 lots
$2,435,000 – Widden Stud – 5 lots
$2,367,500 – Belmont B’stock Agency – 15 lots

(ranked by total gross)

$19,459,000 – Newgate Consigment – 53 sold
$7,286,000 – Yarraman Park Stud – 31 sold
$6,600,000 – Te Akau Racing – 1 sold
$5,562,500 – Element Hill (Unreserved Dispersal) – 25 sold
$5,294,500 – Kenmore Lodge – 15 sold

(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$937,500 – Chris Waller Racing – 4 sold
$478,333 – Rosemont Stud – 9 sold
$430,400 – Newhaven Park – 5 sold
$427,188 – Ciaron Maher Racing – 8 sold
$425,500 – Sledmere Stud – 5 sold