Victorian stallions came to the fore on day two of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, with the progeny of Yulong sire Written Tycoon, Rosemont’s Shamus Award and Swettenham Stud’s now resident stallion Rubick fetching high prices.
The successful Darby Racing syndicate went to $240,000 for Lot 259, a striking chestnut colt by Rubick out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Mining Tycoon. Mining Tycoon’s progeny include Stakes winner Usmanov, who has won nine races for the Gold Coast training team of Toby and Trent Edmonds.
Rubick is standing in his second season at Swettenham’s Nagambie farm alongside I Am Immortal, whose full brother (Lot 253) had earlier sold for a cool $1.1 million to James Harron Bloodstock.
After his yearlings had, as expected, proved particularly popular on the opening day of the sale, champion sire Written Tycoon was again in demand with Lot 263 – a chestnut filly out of Miss Ballantine – fetching $450,000.
The imposing filly – who has three white socks and a white streak on her face – was bought by Luke Murrell and Jamie Lovell’s Australian Bloodstock syndicate, with Mick Price and training partner Mick Kent Jnr tasked with putting the polish on her.
Another Written Tycoon filly, Lot 314 (out of Nelum), was later purchased for $400,000 by the Magic Bloodstock syndicate, whose owner Peter Tighe and his wife Patty shot to prominence through their association with Winx.
The chestnut filly was sold by Widden Stud and is from the same family as Stakes winners Champs Elysees, Intercontinental and Mirage Dancer, the son of superstar Frankel.
The husband-wife training team of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have been very active so far this week, and the pair were the successful bidders on Written Tycoon’s son out Lazumba, who was placed at Group 2 level. The colt, who was sold by Bhima Thoroughbreds and is a half-brother to Group 2-placed Latino Blend, was knocked down for $300,000.
Rosemont’s Shamus Award realised two great results with lot 269, heading home with Will Clarken. The colt who is out of the Group 3 winner Miss Ethics, is a full relation to Ethical Solution, who like his mother, is a Group 3 winner. The SA based Will Clarken secured the colt for $150,000.
Bjorn Baker and Clarke Bloodstock went to $200,000 for lot 390. The colt out of Princess Rock, who is a full sister to Group 2 Turffontein Victory Moon stakes winner Perana and is a three-quarter sister to Listed Australia Day Cup and Frank Underwood winner, Prince Arthur.
Shamus Award stood for $11,000 in the season the colts were conceived.
There is no doubt that Victorian stallions will continue to be in demand on day three of the sale. Last year, Racing Victoria and TBV announced an additional $7.5 million in VOBIS Sires bonuses could be won, starting in the 2022/23 season.
The $30,000 bonus vouchers available on 250 races which carry a VOBIS Gold bonus, is available to horses sired by a VOBIS Sires and paid up to Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.
The bonus voucher is paid to the winner of the race and the owners of the horse will be able to use their vouchers to purchase a VOBIS Sires eligible horse at eligible sales or to pay for a service fee for a mare to be covered by a VOBIS Sire.
The announcement of the additional $7.5 million has brought the VOBIS programme to over $30.5 million in prizemoney and bonuses.
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The clearance rate on day two of the sale was 94%, which was up from day one, which was 91%.
The average was 287,004 and the median was $227,500, which was up from last year’s results of $251, 095 and $180,000.