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Victorian presence felt across National Sale


Forbidden Love winning under Tommy Berry. Credit: Sportix


Victoria was once again well represented at the Magic Millions National Sales with some

magnificent results for both Victorian buyers and vendors across the weanling and

broodmare markets.


2022 saw the team in green, Yulong, secure some of Australia’s highest quality mares

including Tofane and Away Game, and this year was no different with the team purchasing

60 lots and investing over $33 million across the three-day sale.


Sale topper Forbidden Love will now call Victoria home, purchased by Yulong for $4.1

million, as will multiple Group 1 winner Snapdancer ($3.2 million) and star mare Isotope

($2.3 million), enhancing the already high-quality Yulong broodmare band.


Yulong Chief Operating Officer said that the team had a great time on the Gold Coast and

are ecstatic to bring some of Australia’s highest quality mares back to Victoria.


“We purchased 60 mares with some of the highlights being Forbidden Love who was a great

race mare,” Fairgray said.


“We had to front-up to buy her, but for the mares of her quality, you have to.


“Another who was exceptional was Isotope. She is a beautiful mare we are really pleased

that we were able to end up with her.”


Not only were Yulong well sighted at the broodmare sale, but they managed to take home

the two top lots of the weanling sale, two colts by Frankel that were knocked down for

$725,000 and $925,000 respectively.


Fairgray said that both will one day wear the green and white checked sleeve silks.

“We bought 12 weanlings including a couple of Frankel colts,” Fairgray said.


“We will take them home to the farm and race them which is really exciting.”


Three Bridges Thoroughbreds showed their strength as one of the weanling sale’s leading

vendors, selling 10 horses, grossing over $1.3 million for the sale.


The team sold a filly by Darley Northwood Park’s Blue Point for $310,000 to Ciaron Maher

Racing, a result that Three Bridges Thoroughbreds co-owner Toby Liston said added great

Victorian flavour to the market.


“We had a terrific sale selling 10 weanlings for almost $1.4 million, so it’s great to get

owners rewarded,” Liston said.


“There was Blue Points, Toronados, so it was a great range of Victorian product that the

market really wanted.”


Not only was their presence felt at the weanling sale, but the family-owned farm had an

incredible result with one horse in particular, Zenaida, at the National Broodmare Sale.

The dam of Sunshine In Paris (who sold for $3.9 million) and Macroura (who sold for $1.5

million), went to Yulong for $1.4 million, the team’s first seven-figure mare to go through

the ring.


“Zenaida was our first million-dollar mare that we have owned and million-dollar one sold,”

Liston said.


“We have been able to sell some yearlings for multiple million-dollars before, but they were

not our own.


“The pressure was on with our own but thankfully it’s paid off.”

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