Lot 436 of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm's draft sold for $1.1 million at Magic Millions.

Lauriston Thoroughbred’s Not a Single Doubt colt held a special place in the hearts of everyone at the farm even before he was sold for $1.1 million on the second day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

In what was a record price tag for James O’Brien’s Corinella farm, the full-brother to Gai Waterhouse’s Stakes-placed filly Pantonario and the Stakes-placed Legend of Condor, was knocked down for $1.1million to the leviathan Coolmore Australia operation.

The family of the colt have proved to have successful results in the ring. Legend of Condor realised $520,000 at the 2017 Melbourne Premier sale – until today, this was the highest priced horse, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm had sold.

After a business decision related to COVID, Lauriston sold their weanlings at the 2020 Australian Weanling sale, where Pantonario was purchased for $280,000 by Suman Hedge Bloodstock.

The Gai Waterhouse trained Pantonario was reoffered by Silverdale Farm at the 2021 Magic Millions Yearling sale, where the filly made $750,000 when knocked down to Gai.

Tom Magnier & Co. will now follow the same path they trod with their Group 1-winning colt Home Affairs and send him to Australia’s leading trainer, Chris Waller, giving the future stallion prospect the best possible chance of racetrack success.

If the headline-grabbing price wasn’t newsworthy enough the colt’s back-story will only pique further interest as, despite the best efforts of everyone at the farm, sadly his dam Rhodamine passed away due to complications arising from the birth.

Fortunately, the quick-thinking team at Lauriston called on their years of experience and, when Rhodamine’s paddock mate Gold Edition gave birth to a foal shortly afterwards, they placed her placenta on the orphaned colt.

Champion mare Gold Edition with the two colts (Lauriston)

Believing she had given birth to not one but two colts, Gold Edition nurtured the orphan as if he were her own, raising the pair as twins and effectively ensuring the farm a million-dollar payday 12 months down the line.

Gold Edition is dear to those at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, as she was one of the first horses the Corinella based team owned.

“We’re obviously over the moon with the sale price,” said O’Brien.

“It’s by far the biggest result our farm has ever had and is testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff. We’ve got a wonderful group of people, and this is a great result for all of them.

“Our astute team acted fast and thought on their feet when Rhodamine unfortunately couldn’t be saved, then Gold Edition did an amazing job with the orphan and the two colts basically grew up as twins.

“Gold Edition has always had a special place in our hearts anyway, she was the fastest three-year-old of her time and since joining us has done an outstanding job for us as a broodmare.”

Magnier was relieved to outbid other keen buyers on the colt, saying: “There were a few horses the team landed on this week, and we were pretty excited to get this one.

“James O’Brien and his team do a great job of producing quality horses, we went and inspected him on the farm and were very impressed with what we saw. He’s really precocious and we think he’ll be up and going early, which is exactly what we’re looking for.”

With their other two colts, Lot 83 (Lonhro x Gold Edition) and 167 (Snitzel x Just Our Girl), fetching $150,000 and $220,000 respectively, Lauriston’s three yearlings sold for just under $1.5 million – an outstanding result for O’Brien and his tight-knit team, led by farm manager Tamara Kemp.