CREDIT: Darren Winningham.

Buoyed by the $1.6 million sale of Mac ‘n’ Cheese to Yulong at the end of the opening day of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, Spendthrift Australia enjoyed further success on day two with their combined lots selling for more than $3 million.

Group 1 winner Santa Monica (Per Incanto x Monarch) got the ball rolling early on the second day at the Gold Coast, selling to Corumbene Stud for $500,000.

Like Santa Monica, Solar Star (Zoustar x Petty Cury), who signed off from her racing career with victory in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic, is in foal to Dirty Work and she was sold for $520,000 to Glenlogan Park.

But Spendthrift saved the best for last when they sold Baccarat Baby (Casino Prince x Meerlust), who is also in foal to the striking son of Written Tycoon, to Dermot Farrington Bloodstock for $900,000.

The David Vandyke-trained mare reeled off five wins in a row at the start of her career, before adding a pair of Stakes wins over a mile – firstly in the Listed Ascot Princess Stakes, and later in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas.

Spendthrift bought the mare off the track for $650,000, turning a tidy profit and showing the esteem in which Dirty Work – who now stands alongside the likes of Nicconi and Russian Camelot at Widden Stud’s Victorian farm – is held.

Another Spendthrift lot which attracted plenty of interest in the ring was Skaggerak (Dawn Approach x Itameri). The mare only enjoyed moderate success during her racing career, but as a half-sister to Rosemont stallion Hanseatic she was in high demand and was eventually sold to B2B Thoroughbreds for $400,000. A $250,000 purchase by Spendthrift, Skaggerak again represented an outstanding result for the farm which was purchased by David Moodie’s Hesket Thoroughbreds operation earlier this month.

Josh Rix, of Spendthrift Australia / Hesket Thoroughbreds, was understandably delighted to secure such premium prices for their dispersal.

“It’s been enormous for the whole crew,” he said.

“They have put in an awful lot of work, and we’re seeing the fruits of their labour. The preparation work started months ago, and the results so far have made all that hard work worthwhile. We bought most of these mares at the sales over the past couple of years, we knew their pedigrees would make them attractive propositions and that’s been proved in the sale prices, which have been even bigger than we could’ve hoped for.

“I was very confident Yulong would buy Mac ‘n’ Cheese, that result gave the team a lift and got them up and about and it’s rolled into today. Yulong are getting their hands on every mare with a pedigree, and if she goes to Written Tycoon it gives her the best possible start to her broodmare career.

“Dirty Work covered 155 mares with us last year, he’s now well on his way and he’s found a fantastic home with Widden. They’ll support him with some great mares and they have a reputation for a reason, so interested parties could buy our mares in foal to him with confidence knowing that Dirty Work is proving his worth at stud.

“Skaggerak was a huge result for the team after we paid $250,000 for her. She looked incredible and the guys at the farm did an outstanding job with her, as they did with all the mares.

“We’ve been smashed this past week, the grass down our aisle has been wrecked which goes to show how popular our weanlings and mares have been during the inspections, and thankfully that has translated into some spectacular results.”

Including Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Spendthrift have so far raised more than $4.5 million in sales and still have 16 lots to go through the ring on the final day on Thursday.

Of the remaining mares, Rix expects their multiple Stakes winner Madeenaty (Exceed and Excel x Set for Fame), another mare in foal to Dirty Work, to fetch the highest price.