Three Bridges Thoroughbreds flew out of the blocks on the opening day of the 2022 Magic Millions Sale, with their three lots selling for a combined $1.22 million.
The Eddington-based operation kicked off Victorian involvement on an action-packed day on the Gold Coast when they sold Lot 14 to Lindsay Park Racing.
Three Bridges have a grand total of 15 yearlings going through the sales ring, and they got their week off to a super start when their beautiful bay filly by Exceed and Excel was knocked down for $200,000 to Ben and JD Hayes.
The Super VOBIS-nominated filly is the fourth foal of Enchanted Dawn, whose sister Sweet Orange was a multiple Stakes winner.
Three Bridges’ second yearling to go through the ring was another bay filly by Hellbent out of Fairchild, whose sire was multiple Group 1 winner General Nediym. Fairchild has produced three foals which have made it to the races, with the trio combining to win 15 races.
This filly fetched $320,000, with Brae Sokolski’s determination enabling the leviathan owner to outbid his rivals under his Yes Bloodstock banner (named in honour of Yes Yes Yes, the colt who won The Everest for Sokolski in 2019).
The equine talent at Sokolski’s disposal includes reigning Melbourne Cup heroine Verry Elleegant and Coolangatta sired by Written Tycoon, the odds-on favourite for this Saturday’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic, so he clearly has an eye for a champion racehorse and will be hoping his latest acquisition can make the grade.
But Three Bridges saved the best until last as Lot 142, a striking I Am Invincible colt out of Stakes-winning mare Into The Mist, was purchased by Boniface Ho – of Classique Legend fame – for a cool $700,000.
The son of ‘Vinny’ will be trained by Will Freedman, and Three Bridges co-owner Toby Liston believes the newest addition to the Freedman racing dynasty could have a potential superstar on his hands.
“It’s a wonderful result for everyone at the farm, Chris Waller was the underbidder and Bon Ho has one of the best sprinters in the country, so he’ll go to a wonderful home,” he said.
“He’s a lovely animal so I’d say that was about his right price. Will Freedman had goosebumps when I spoke to him, so you could tell he was really excited to get him into the stable and start working with him.
“We’ve averaged just over $400,000 for our three sales today, so it’s been a very good day and hopefully it sets us up nicely for the rest of the week. We really target this sale each year, so far the hard work has paid off for us but it’s only day one and there’s still a long way to go.”
Of their remaining lots Liston identified Lot 396, an Exceed and Excel filly out of Provocative, as a potential standout.
“Her dam was a Queensland Oaks winner and she’s a beautiful filly, so I’m sure she’ll be very popular,” he said.
“We’ve also got a Russian Revolution colt I’m pretty excited about, and we have another I Am Invincible filly who will be well sought after. Our entire draft is very strong, so hopefully we can have a 100 per cent clearance rate.”
A busy week at the sales could be capped by a headline day on the track if Beau Rossa, the Will Clarken-trained four-year-old bred and sold by Three Bridges for $80,000 at the 2019 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, can score his sixth career win on Magic Millions Raceday this Saturday.
At the end of day one, the current average for the Magic Millions sale sits at $273,010 and the median sits at $220,000 both up from the 2021 sales statistics where the results overall were $207,130 and $150,000 respectively.