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Rushton’s Done Deal

Rushton Park's Dundeel filly (lot 157) topped the recent Inglis Adelaide Yearling sale.

A yearling filly by Dundeel received great reports from her vendor and buyers after she topped the 2019 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale on Tuesday with a final bid of $250,000.

Tony McEvoy won a spirited bidding duel and immediately after the sale, bloodstock agent Suman Hedge – the original buyer of super horse Zoustar, who was the under-bidder on the Dundeel yearling – bought in.

David Johnson, whose Rushton Park Stud offered the filly for sale, reported: ‘‘She’s a star and hasn’t turned a hair all week. She just cops everything in her stride and was easy to deal with. She’s a real professional.’’

Rick Connolly, the bloodstock manager for McEvoy Mitchell Racing, gave a glowing report about the filly claiming her as not only a stand-out at the Adelaide sale but of the yearling sale season:

‘‘As long as I’ve been working for Tony we haven’t bought a better filly than her. She’s a very nice filly, fluid in her action and has a lot of class.’’

Connolly was involved in the purchase of McEvoy’s super filly Sunlight, last weekend’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap winner.

Hedge was an unabashed fan of the Dundeel filly as well but declared the McEvoy camp was too strong. He made McEvoy an offer to buy a part of the filly as his clients were keen to race her and a deal was done immediately.

The Adelaide sale provided 19 yearlings which sold at six-figure sums and there was a great atmosphere at the sales complex.

The Yu Long group was the biggest spender in Adelaide with owner Yuesheng Zhang outlaying $515,000 for four yearlings by a number of the popular Victorian sires – Written Tycoon and Akeed Mofeed.

Akeed Mofeed, who had 14 yearlings sell at an average of $61,786. He had a great Melbourne Premier Sale and a colt on day two topped the afternoon when selling to Gary Moore for $200,000.

Brazen Beau, who was a huge seller at the Premier Sale, had one yearling who proved popular with Lloyd Kennewell outlaying $190,000 for a colt from Natural Swinger early on day one.

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