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Victorian Vendors Shine at Magic Millions Adelaide

The Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale continued to prove to be an excellent sale for Victorian breeders, stallions and buyers.


Victorian buyers accounted for three of the top four lots at the sale. Kennewell Racing, Group 1 Bloodstock and Ridgeport Holdings took home the top-priced yearling when signing the docket for Lot 63 at $400,000. Baramul Stud’s I Am Invincible filly, is the first foal out of winning Redoute’s Choice mare Les Amoureux, a half-sister to G2 winner Sambro.


Later in the sale, it was Anthony Freedman and Dean Hawthorne who secured the third top lot when going to $300,000 for the Justify colt out of G2-placed Savabeel mare Shop Til I Drop. Consigned by Victoria farm Rushton Park and catalogued as Lot 210, the well-related colt is the mare’s first foal and from the family of G1 winner Sacred Falls.


Lot 210 Justify x Shop Til I Drop (Image: Magic Millions/Rushton Park)


Justify was in high demand at the sale, with Bennett Racing and Ciaron Maher spending some of their Australian Derby winnings to purchase Lot 437, a colt by the in-form stallion, out of the winning mare Full Of Beans, consigned by Bowness Stud. The dam is a half-sister to dual G1 winner Kenedna and G2 winner Spill The Beans. In total, Victorian buyers accounted for 100 Lots, providing 38.11% ($5,906,000) of the total sale gross.


Two Victorian vendors appeared in the top five by gross. Yulong sold twenty lots for a total of $686,000 and Rushton Park sold nine quality lots, grossing $1,007,000, at an average price of $111,889, putting them clear at the top of the vendor's table by average. In addition to their $300,000 Justify colt, Rushton Park also sold the second top lot of the sale when Lot 262, the Extreme Choice colt out of Tiara Star, from the Stakes-winning family of Zoutenant was knocked down to Laurel Oak Bloodstock for $360,000. The colt is due to be trained in Victoria by the Hayes brothers. Rushton Park achieved a clearance rate of 90% at the sale, with their third yearling to break the $100,000 mark being Lot 327, a colt by Star Turn out of Aroha Cat, who was purchased by John Foote for $160,000.


Victorian stallions provided three of the top five stallions by gross, including the top first-season sire. Yulong’s Alabama Express grossed $691,000 for 15 lots, with two selling for $100k each; Lot 291, consigned by Oakwood Thoroughbred Farm, out of Wichita Woman was purchased by Proven Thoroughbreds & Kerry Parker; whilst Spicer Thoroughbreds secured Yulong’s Lot 305, a colt out of Zetlin.


Swettenham Stud’s Toronado was also in high demand, with his five lots sold for a total of $575,000. His progeny included Lot 35, a colt out of G3 placegetter Kabini consigned by Balcrest Stud, who was sold to Shane McGrath for $225,000. Widden Stud Victoria’s first-season sire, Russian Camelot was another who turned heads, grossing $430,000 from five lots sold, topped by Widden’s own Lot 201, a filly out of Listed winner Shakespearean Lass purchased for $180,000 by Griffiths de Kock Racing, Peter Ford Thoroughbreds and Yabby Dam Farm.


After another successful sale for the Victorian industry, we are looking forward to the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, with plenty of exciting offerings from Victorian breeders and stallions presenting opportunities for Victorian buyers.

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