Last week’s record-breaking Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale proved there is high demand for the progeny of Victorian-based stallions amidst what is considered to be one of the strongest yearling markets of all time.

The 2018 edition of the Tasmanian sale returned a record gross price of almost $2.8 million, (up from a mere $1 million in 2014), while the average selling price of $29,729 was a 24% improvement on last year’s figures.

The currency of Victorian-sired yearlings played an essential hand in these results, with notable sales for Swettenham Stud’s first-crop yearling sires Toronado and Puissance de Lune.

Stamped with the same athleticism of his dual Group 1 winning sire, the popular Toronado colt catalogued as lot 56 was snapped up for $80,000 by the partnership of Wylie Dalziel, Peter Moody and Darren Weir to become the highest priced Victorian-sired lot of the sale.

Meanwhile, the first yearling sold by Toronado’s Swettenham barn mate, Puissance de Lune, was knocked down to Australian Bloodstock and Darren Weir for $67,500.

Both yearlings were adorned with the highly sought after Super VOBIS/VOBIS Sires hip-sticker, and Swettenham principal Adam Sangster is delighted that the Tasmanian Yearling Sale has set a great precedent for his stallions ahead of the Inglis Premier Sale.

“We are so excited to see the incredible success of resident stallion Puissance de Lune with this filly being not only his first ever yearling to sell at public auction, but also to sell at more than eight times his service fee,” Sangster said.

“Immediately after the fall of the hammer, it was comforting to hear that Darren Weir had told Australian Bloodstock to ‘just buy her.’”

Other Victorian first-crop sires to enjoy a successful sale included the Bombora Downs-based sire Warhorse, as well as Larneuk Stud’s Cluster, both of whose first yearlings sold well above the average price at $45,000 each.

The yearling progeny of Sun Stud’s Fighting Sun, one of Victoria’s leading first season sires, also sold strongly with lots 33 and 57 selling for $55,000 and $50,000 respectively.

The support of the Victorian yearling purchasers also contributed to the impressive sale results, with the Ellerton Zahra Racing stable leading the buying bench with four lots acquired for a total of $245,000.

It was co-trainer Simon Zahra’s fifth year in a row at the Tasmanian sale, and while he is excited by the prospect of the sale-topping $100,000 Epaulette colt, he also spoke highly of the Street Boss filly he purchased for the stable at $65,000.

“She’s a really nice filly who will take a bit of time, but she’s by a seriously good stallion. When I want a horse, I buy it no matter what,” Zahra said.

Zahra also noted that VOBIS bonuses encourage positive buyer behaviour, particularly at the upcoming Inglis Premier Sale.

“The bonuses are a great incentive and a nice way to make your money back. We’re saving our resources for Premier, which is our goldmine.”

Top priced Victorian-sired lots at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale 2018

Victorian SireDamSexBuyerPrice
ToronadoIl SognoColtWylie Dalziel/Peter Moody/Darren Weir$80,000
Puissance de LuneKandy KornFillyAustralian Bloodstock/Darren Weir$67,500
MagnusMusic ShopColtBelmont Bloodstock$66,000
Street BossOceansFillyEllerton Zahra Racing$65,000
Fighting SunCrystal CastlesColtKen Keys$55,000
Fighting SunIn HarmonyFillyMoorillah Pastoral$50,000
Written TycoonHoney FlowerFillyBoom Racing/Mitch Beer Racing$47,500
ClusterSpeedy SkyFillyPaul & Elizabeth Geard$45,000
StrykerPirate’s SireneFillyMark Ganderton$45,000
WarhorsePetite OiseauColtJohn Blacker$45,000
MagnusMorellColtScott Brunton$45,000
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