Lot 12 Deep Field x Our Crown Mistress (Image: Magic Millions / Kulani Park)
Kulani Park made an early splash at the 2024 Magic Millions Yearling Sale as the Goulburn Weir-based operation made a sizable profit on Lot 12, a Deep Field filly they pinhooked for $200,000.
Sold to Curran Bloodstock (Queensland) for $650,000, the striking grey out of Crown Mistress was the highest price paid for a Deep Field yearling on the opening day on the Gold Coast.
The sale saw Kulani Park - owned by Chloe Latif and her partner Rhys Smith - hit the ground running and they achieved two more outstanding results when their two colts, Lot 88 (Snitzel x Red Velvet Swing) and Lot 124 (Pierro x Salion), fetched $575,000 and $400,000 respectively.
On looks alone, Lot 12 was always likely to catch the eye of prospective buyers and the filly had the pedigree to match her athletic appearance.
She is the third foal of Our Crown Mistress, the Star Witness mare who was purchased by Newgate Bloodstock for $425,000 after a racing career which included victories in the 2017 Listed Hybrid Plate (1400m) at Flemington and the 2018 Listed Just Now Quality (1350m) at Doomben for her co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
Kulani were understandably delighted when, during the 2023 spring carnival, their filly had a significant pedigree update through the feats of Moravia, her half-brother by Snitzel.
After winning at Newcastle on his debut for trainer Michael Freedman, the colt finished runner-up in both the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) and the Group 2 Run to the Rose (1200m) - beaten a neck in the latter by Godolphin’s high-class colt Cylinder.
The $650,000 sale of the Deep field filly was the biggest payday for a Victorian farm on the opening day, when the state’s breeding industry once again showcased its vibrancy with some outstanding results.
With a clearance rate of 94 per cent and an average sale price of $299,667 from the 16 lots through the ring, Victorian vendors significantly outperformed the overall metrics (85 per cent clearance rate and an average price of $281,767).