After a relatively quiet middle day – at least by their high standards – at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, Victorian behemoths Yulong ramped up the spending on the final day at the Gold Coast after shelling out close to $5 million on a quartet of mares in foal to Frankel.
Having outlaid $1.35 million for Stakes-winning mare Easton Angel (Dark Angel x Staceymac) under their Written Tycoon Syndicate banner, Yulong promptly purchased another imported mare in Elvic (Siyouni x Magical Romance), who was also in foal to Juddmonte’s champion sire Frankel.
Yulong’s Lucky Vega Syndicate then launched into Group performed mare Excellent Sunset (Exceed and Excel x Sunset Avenue), buying her from the Newgate Consignment for $1.05 million. They then trumped that purchase by splashing out a cool $1.7 million on the appropriately-named Fantasy (Invincible Spirit x Cassandra Go), a half-sister to Aidan O’Brien’s seven-time Group 1 winner Magical.
Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray, was glowing in his assessment of Fantasy, who is set to give birth to a Frankel foal on Victorian soil later this year after producing a colt by Coolmore’s former champion sire Galileo in her native Ireland last year.
“Obviously her pedigree page speaks for itself, but she’s also a beautiful-looking specimen,” said Fairgray.
“She was a Group performer and she’s in foal to Frankel, so that’s not a bad combination. She’s an outstanding addition to our broodmare band, and if we can get some fillies from her then you keep building the family in the years to come.
“If she has a colt who goes on to win a Group 1 race, you’ve got a top-line potential stallion on your hands so that’s why these mares sell for a lot of money. We haven’t decided where we’ll send her yet, but at this stage I would think she’ll probably go to Written Tycoon.
“We’ll have just over 350 mares on the farm, so we’ve got great scope to support our own stallions. We think Tagaloa has got huge potential, so we’ll support him with some quality mares and I’m sure we’ll be adding to our roster of stallions in the near future.
“Written Tycoon isn’t getting any younger so we’ll have to look after him; but he’s still fit and well and his fertility is still fantastic, as evidenced by last season. We’ll keep managing him, but we’re very confident he’ll get through another large book of mares this upcoming season without any problems at all.”
The third day purchases saw Yulong extend their streak of buying mares in foal to Frankel, having paid $700,000 each for both Under Wraps (Kingman x Confidential Lady) and Bawaady (Dubawi x Rifqah) on previous days.