Strong domestic and international competition helped the average price rise by over 20 per cent as the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale with strong results at the top end of the board for Victorian studs, breeders and vendors.
Progeny of Woodside Park’s Champion Stallion Written Tycoon were again in hot demand with the impressive colt from Crimson Tide selling to Victoria’s Ultra Thoroughbreds.
Toby Koenig put his hand up for the Written Tycoon colt on behalf of Ultra Thoroughbreds and TK Racing for $300,000.
“That’s the advantage of coming to a breeze up style auction – you get to see a horse’s action and take a really close look at them, we don’t focus too much on time – we mark them on their action, and we loved the way this guy moved,” Koenig said.
“He’ll go down to Victoria to Sean Buckley’s farm – we’ll give him to our pre-trainer down there and then we’ll figure out where he’s going. It’s great that he is VOBIS.”
Woodside’s Matt Tillett was pleased to see the colt’s vendor Neville Auld, a loyal client of the farm, achieve such a good result at the sale.
“He was bred and sold as a weanling by David Toole at Kambula Stud, and sold to Paul Thompson, who runs Baramul Stud, at the National Weanling Sale for $30,000. Paul prepped him for Baramul’s draft at Magic Millions Adelaide, where he made a tidy profit, selling for $100,000 to Neville Auld,” Tillett said.
The Crimson Tide colt is a half-brother to the classy eight-time winner Alabama Missile, from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year and successful sire, Afleet.
“He (Neville) went out and got as many Written Tycoons as possible, and $100 into $300 is a very good return,” Tillett said.
“We were also very happy with the two Zoustar youngsters, the colt out of Faster Pussycat heading to Lee Freedman in Singapore for $175,000 and the Nero Cavallo colt bought by Krit Chittaseni from Thailand.”
“Apparently the Freedmans have a Zoustar two-year-old out of Lady La Douse that they really like, that we bred and sold to them at the Magic Millions, and hopefully that is the reason why Lee was inspired to come back for another,” Tillett said.
Rosemont Stud also had a very good sale with eight youngsters sold for an average of $94,500 with two lots in the top 12 purchases.
Lot 52, a Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) x Class Apart colt, sold for $280,000 to Hong Kong’s Sweetbriar Equine. An exciting young prospect by Smart Missile, he was a clever pinhook having been bought for $65,000 from the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.
Rosemont also sold Lot 26, a big, strong Starcraft x Attilia colt, for $150,000 to Hong Kong’s Apollo Ng. It was no surprise a Hong Kong trainer came for a son of Rosemont’s own sire Starcraft considering their success last season at Sha Tin and Happy Valley.
Seymour’s David Bourne Racing sold Lot 200, an Equiano colt, for $110,000 to Singapore-based trainer Theo Kieser.
Bred by Victoria’s Erinvale Thoroughbreds, he is a half-brother to Listed winner Pantenny (Canny Lad), herself the dam of Group Three winner Thames Court (Commands). The Equiano colt was bought for $33,000 at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.