Krit Chittaseni teamed up with Waterford Bloodstock to secure the day’s top seller on what was a fruitful afternoon for leading New South Wales horsewoman Melanie O’Gorman.
O’Gorman Racing supplied the two top sellers of the day with their Choisir colt from Tango Express for $300,000.
But it was earlier in the day that the top price was set when Lot 16 sold for $320,000. The gelding is a half brother to three winners including the Adelaide winner and stakes placegetter Coachella.
The gelding showed he was a horse to follow for the future when he recorded a slick 10.11 second breeze at Warwick Farm last month. He is set to join the Kranji stable of leading Singapore trainer Michael Clements.
The second top seller, also from O’Gorman Racing, is the third foal of the four time winning Success Express mare Tango Express.
That colt, who breezed at Warwick Farm in 10.16 seconds was purchased by Hong Kong based Victory Trading.
The top priced filly of the day was the Fastnet Rock three quarter sister to recent Group Two winner Noire who was purchased by Aquis Farm and Rothwell Park in partnership off Chevaux Bloodstock for $260,000.
Queensland’s Kenmore Lodge had a great sale with some strong results headlined by their Hinchinbrook colt from Bateleur (Lot 211) who sold to Aquis Farm and Mick Price Racing for $260,000.
While the clearance rate dropped slightly on last year’s auction, the average price soared up over $15,000 on last year to sit at $75,361. The median price also increased from $40,000 to $50,000.
“Obviously we are disappointed with the clearance rate,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. “What the market has shown today is there is a huge craving for quality. Many horses exceeded both ours and the vendor’s expectations during the day.”
“To have twice as many horses break the $200,000 barrier despite the catalogue being smaller emphasised this thirst from buyers for the stand out lots.”
“The international market stood out with over three quarters of today’s offering set to head abroad. As part of this I want to congratulate our team headed by David Chester and Cassandra Simmonds for their efforts in attracting these buyers to the Gold Coast.”
To see the results and to make an offer on a passed in lot for the Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale click here.
A hugely successful Spring Racehorse Sale followed on from the 2YO sale and the stock from Godolphin dominated the top sellers list.
Exceed and Excel gelding Siam led the way when purchased by Singapore’s Dato’ Dr Nicholas Ho for $125,000.
Three other lots sold for six figures including Flemington winner Barbeque who was knocked down to Te Akau’s David Ellis for $120,000.
“The ongoing support that Godolphin has given our racehorse sales is testament that with the right offering the results here at the Gold Coast can be outstanding,” Bowditch added.
To view the results and to make an offer on a passed in lot for the Spring Racehorse Sale click here.
2YO SALE STATISTICS
(2017 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 220 (295)
Lots Sold: 122 (170)
Lots Passed In: 58 (73)
Lots Withdrawn: 40 (53)
Top Price: $320,000 ($320,000)
Average Price: $75,361 ($59,332)
Median Price: $50,000 ($40,000)
Sale Gross: $9,194,000 ($10,086,500)
Sold %: 68 (70)
2YO SALE TOP SELLERS
$320,000 – Shamexpress-D J Lightning gelding (Lot 16)
Vendor: O’Gorman Racing Stables / Buyer: Krit Chittaseni/Waterford Bloodstock (Thailand)
$300,000 – Choisir-Tango Express colt (Lot 166)
O’Gorman Racing Stables / Victory Trading Ltd (Hong Kong)
$260,000 – Fastnet Rock-Valadon filly (Lot 182)
Chevaux Bloodstock (As Agent) / Aquis Farm/Rothwell Park Partnership (Qld)
$260,000 – Hinchinbrook-Bateleur colt (Lot 211)
Kenmore Lodge / Aquis Farm/Mick Price Racing (Qld)
$240,000 – Zoustar-Elysian Hera colt (Lot 27)
Raheen Stud / Manfred Man (Hong Kong)
SPRING RACEHORSE SALE STATISTICS
(2017 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 36 (32)
Lots Sold: 28 (26)
Lots Passed In: 4 (1)
Lots Withdrawn: 4 (5)
Top Price: $125,000 ($85,000)
Average Price: $52,893 ($17,077)
Median Price: $55,000 ($12,000)
Sale Gross: $1,481,000 ($444,000)
Sold %: 88 (96)