Victorian operators played a key role once again in Australia’s biggest broodmare sale on the Gold Coast last week.
The Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale had more than 1,100 lots catalogued and dozens of Victorian farms and breeders snapped up new stock.
A number of Victorian breeders were also active on the selling side of the auctioneer’s rostrum notably Yu Long, Musk Creek Farm and Baystone Farm.
TBV member Jonathan Munz, through his GSA Bloodstock operation, snapped up Polska, the dam of Group 2 winners Seaburge and Catch A Fire, for $1.6 million.
Chinese investor Yu Long Investments, which has its farm at Bayles in West Gippsland, purchased two million-dollar-plus broodmares including Group 2 winner Gregers and NZ Group 1 winner Soriano.
The most active of all buyers at the sale was Gnarwarre’s Rosemont Stud having successfully bid for 27 broodmare lots
Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said the sale was a fantastic opportunity to add to their broodmare band.
“In recent months, we’ve expanded the farm having bought another 1200 acres. It gives us more room to move.
“We’ve also assembled a really strong team of staff giving us the capacity to run more stock.
“This is a long term play by Rosemont knowing that prizemoney is increasing, breeding incentives are increasing and the market is buoyant.
“Some of the new mares will go to our own stallions including second season sire Nostradamus while others will be strategically mated with other quality Victorian and interstate stallions.”
Meanwhile the Cable Bay Syndicate which includes Victoria’s Gilgai Farm, Grand Lodge and B2B Bloodstock, brought home 13 specially selected mares to go to their new shuttle sire Cable Bay who will stand at Woodside Park.
Another newcomer to Victoria, Seymour Bloodstock, got in the last bid of $870,000 on Mousai, a daughter of Fastnet Rock who calls multiple Group 1 winner Starspangledbanner a sibling among others.
2017 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale
Major Victorian buyers
|Buyer||Mares bought||Gross ($)|
|Yu Long Investments||10||4,531,000|
|Cable Bay Syndicate||13||2,585,000|
|Makybe Racing & Breeding||10||1,086,000|
|Group 1 Bloodstock||2||370,000|
|Phoenix Broodmare Farm||2||260,000|
Other Victorian farms with multiple purchases included Laceby Lodge, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Warrnambool’s Michael Rea, Millford, Ridgeview Park, Shadwell Farm, Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Supreme Thoroughbreds and Rushton Park.
Rushton Park’s buys included the I Am Invincible mare Modesty for $100,000
“We were not coming home without her!” said Rushton’s David Johnson.
They also secured the Tale of the Cat mare Kuching for $45,000. Closely related to Golden Slipper winner She will Reign (Manhattan Rain), David has indicated she will be visiting new Blue Gum sire Manhattan Rain this season.