Sea Gem continued the winning run of graduates of Australia’s premier breeze up style sale when she scored an impressive debut win at Gosford today.
A daughter of Royal Academy, Sea Gem was purchased by trainer Marc Conners for just $14,000 at October’s Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale.
Today at her first start Sea Gem was swiftly out of the barriers from a wide gate and she was pushed out to take the lead when leaving the back straight.
She held the lead into the straight and despite running out dramatically in the home straight she was still too strong in a commanding performance.
If the promising filly had held her position nearer the inside rail the winning margin would have been significantly greater than the final margin of three quarters of a length.
Sea Gem, plucked from Robyn Wise draft at the Gold Coast based breeze up sale for $14,000, was originally purchased for $5,000 as a yearling.
On that occasion it was Ewan Stoddart who signed for the filly from the Goodwood Farm draft at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Sea Gem was sent out the favourite on the strength of an eye catching Rosehill trial win on June 3.
At the post Sea Gem ($3 fav), with Josh Parr up, held a three quarter length over the well named runner-up Ablett’s Scream ($8).
Barbur ($14), for Tommy Berry and Graeme Rogerson, was third. It is a half relation to former classy mare Illuminates and a fellow Magic Millions Yearling Sale purchase.
Sea Gem is the first named foal for the winning Snippets mare Our Chantilly.
She in turn is from a winning Caerleon half sister to Dream Ticket – the dam of international group winner and Group One placegetter Magic Mission.
Further back hers is the same family as champion Japanese galloper and sire Deep Impact as well as German Group One winner Wind in Her Hair and inflential sire Nashwan.
The Marc Conners stable made it a winning double in the juvenile races when Conatus filly Balladonia scored a thrilling win in the following event.
Carrying the colours of Gerry Harvey, Balladonia has won all her three trials and at her only previous run finished last in a field of six in the listed Widden Stakes.
Balladonia is from the Best Western mare Western Invasion. That mare’s latest yearling, a colt by More Than Ready was purchased by Kevin Dagg for $75,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale at Morphettville.
Entries are now being taken for the 2011 Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale – to be held at the Gold Coast on October 19 and 20. The online entry form can be accessed here.
Winner: Sea Gem
Breeding: Royal Academy-Our Chantilly (Snippets)
Sold for: $5,000
Sale: 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Goodwood Farm (As Agent)
Buyer: Ewan Stoddart
Sold for: $14,000
Sale: 2010 Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale
Vendor: Robyn Wise (As Agent)
Buyer: Marc Conners
Owner(s): MC Conners Racing P/L Syndicate, Crossys Syndicate, LM Gregory, J Cooper, KL Williams, S Chipchase, CGM Syndicate, A McPhee, AC Frogley & T Varty
Trainer: Marc Conners (Warwick Farm)