Palentino led the way on the day when he scored the most deserved Group One race of the season in the VRC Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington.
The Darren Weir prepared son of Teofilo held out fellow Magic Millions graduate Tarzino to win and then connections had to survive a protest before being declared the winner in the $750,000 feature.
Palentino was bred in Tasmania by Jenny Watson and sold for $85,000 through the Macleay Thoroughbred Stud draft at the 2014 Tasmanian Yearling Sale in Launceston.
He caught the eye of his trainer Darren Weir and the Ballarat based horseman went to a sale topping price to secure the flashy youngster.
Palentino, a stakes winner in the spring, has now earned his large group of owners over $600,000 from a handful of starts. He could back up in next Saturday’s Australian Cup.
The charge to the Golden Slipper took another step on Saturday and two more Magic Millions graduates emerged as possible contenders.
French Fern capped a good day for David Payne when she beat home some highly regarded youngsters in the Group Two Reisling Stakes (1200m).
Payne said he would let the “dust settle” on the win before deciding whether she will press onto the world’s richest juvenile race.
The filly was bred by Patinack Farm and sold at the Magic Millions Patinack Farm Complete Dispersal – purchased there by Payne when a yearling for $20,000.
A daughter of Lope de Vega, French Fern is one of two winners produced by La Famelia, a stakes winning daughter of Strategic. It is the family further back of former outstanding sprinter Schillaci.
A short time later Kiss and Make Up led home a Magic Millions 1-2 in the Group Two Todman Stakes (1200m).
Sent out at healthy odds despite an impressive debut win at the midweeks, Kiss and Make Up showed all, leading from barrier to box in an impressive performance to beat the previously unbeaten star Capitalist by two and a quarter lengths.
A well bred juvenile by More Than Ready from Group One winner Fashions Afield, Kiss and Make Up was bred in partnership by John Singleton and Gerry Harvey and sold to Waterhouse for $150,000 at last year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Singleton kept a slide and share in ownership with 13 others including Gai Waterhouse herself.
Also in Sydney the talented sprinter Redzel scored a dashing win in the listed Fireball Quality (1100m).
A member of the Peter and Paul Snowden stable, Redzel showed great speed throughout and late in the race was able to hold out group winner Takedown to win by a neck.
Purchased for $120,000 by Triple Crown Syndications, Redzel hails from the same Gold Coast Yearling Sale as his sire Snitzel, a Group One winner and now champion sire at Arrowfield Stud.
The well bred three-year-old gelding, who is from group winner Millrich, went into the Fireball following two encouraging runner-up placings.
In Perth the exciting juvenile Whispering Brook extended her unbeaten run to two when she scored a comprehensive win in the listed Supremacy Stakes (1100m) at Ascot.
Prepared by Simon Miller, Whispering Brook was on the speed throughout and showed great acceleration when asked by Peter Knuckey in the straight and she cruised home by two and three quarter lengths.
A daughter of Hinchinbrook, Whispering Brook was purchased by Miller for $45,000 from the Hillside Thoroughbreds draft at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
In her two race starts and five trials Whispering Brook has never been beaten. She will now head toward the rich Karrakatta Plate.
Quality New Zealand based sprinter Sacred Star completed the six stakes win day for Magic Millions graduates across Australasia when he won the Group Three Darley Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie.
A $90,000 Magic Millions National Wealing Sale purchase in 2010 for Kulani Park, Sacred Star is now the winner of nine races – four of them at Group level.
A son of Flying Spur and the stakes performed O’Reilly mare Irish Nova, Sacred Star has earned his connections about $700,000 to date.
Sacred Star is trained by Tony Pike and in his latest group success he got home under Vinnie Colgan to win by a half length.