Victorian breeders continued to reach new benchmarks and rewrote history throughout the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
After two separate one million dollars results on the opening day of the sale – $1.1 million for Nick Wakim’s Hilldene Farm Exceed and Excel colt, out of unraced Frankel mare, Dream in Colour (GB), and $1 million for Anthony Mithen’s Rosemont Stud colt by I Am Invincible x Amanpour – things only got better as the sale continued.
The atmosphere was electric as Victorian breeders produced result after result, as the hammer came down time and time again.
Victoria’s Spendthrift Farm showed their commitment to the Victorian breeding industry by continuing to increase investment in all things Victorian. This was reaffirmed when Spendthrift went to $900,000 for lot 453. The colt was Victorian bred by Victoria’s Makybe and in addition to securing this lot, Spendthrift spent $1.55 million in VOBIS nominated horses.
Woodside Park had a daughter of its resident sire, Written Tycoon, sell for a staggering $1.5 million. It was the highest price paid ever for son or daughter of Written Tycoon and was the top priced filly at the sale. Consigned as lot 434 by Strawberry Hill, the filly out of Karuta Queen, was bought by Melbourne bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills who said he just had to buy the yearling on her sheer class. The filly is from Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Karuta Queen who is the dam of stakes winner Eawase. You can view Woodside’s results here.
Sheamus later tweeted: “Spend $10k or spend $1.5mil this is what the game is about for me – the love of the animal!’’
Spend $10k or spend $1.5mil this is what the game is about for me – the love of the animal!
— Sheamus Mills (@SMBloodstock) January 9, 2020
And Woodside Park couldn’t contain their excitement tweeting: “Congrats to all at Strawberry Hills and to @SMBloodstock on achieving history with the @mmsnippets sold Lot 434, the Written Tycoon x Kurata Queen filly becoming the highest priced yearling ever sold by her sire and the top priced filly so far at the sale #ReWritingHistory’’.
Congrats to all at Strawberry Hills 🍓 and to @SMBloodstock on achieving history with the @mmsnippets sold Lot 434, the Written Tycoon x Kurata Queen filly becoming the highest priced yearling ever sold by her sire & the top priced filly so far at the sale #ReWritingHistory🍾🥂 pic.twitter.com/HSF1oGXetB
— Woodside Park Stud (@Woodside_Park) January 9, 2020
Not long after the filly was knocked down to Sheamus, it was pointed out to him that he had just created history by going to $1.5 million for this daughter of Written Tycoon. Sheamus couldn’t believe that his purchase had changed history books, stating “I hadn’t realised that I had brought the highest priced Written Tycoon yearling ever in Australia”
Another strong result for the Woodside sire when Aquis Farm paid $800,000 for a Written Tycoon x Hijak Hussy filly which was offered by Queensland’s Glenlogan Park as lot 380. To view all of Written Tycoon’s success at the sale, click here.
Mithen came close to living up to his new nickname, ‘Mitho’s Millions’ for a second time within 24 hour when an I Am Invincible x Heavenly Sound (GB) colt fell just $25,000 short of the magical million price tag and was knocked down to Aquis Farm at $975,000. Rosemont’s second-best result of the day two was when Meagher Racing paid $180,000 for the chestnut Written Tycoon colt, out of Girl Gone Rockin’. You can view all of Rosemont’s results for their draft here.
Makybe Stud is among the Victorians to achieve outstanding results and with the much anticipated daughter of champion of Maykbe Diva going through the ring as the last lot on the 10th of January. There had been much excitement around their horses.
Makybe Stud’s Joe Murray said they were pleased with the results, some yearlings fetched more than they thought, while others went for less than they anticipated.
Their best result was $900,000 for a More Than Ready colt, out of La Fluorescent (NZ), purchased by Spendthrift Australia. Also on account of Makybe’s draft, a Zoustar x Gliding filly was bought for $600,000 by Paul Moroney Bloodstock.
He said they put the colt on the market at $200,000 and thought he’d make $400,000 and at best, $500,000.
“We were completely blown away with the result,” he said.
However, lot 500, the daughter of Makybe Diva was quite close to their heart and as the hammer came down it was a heart warming but emotional result for all involved.
The filly sired by Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon was knocked down to Viking Racing and DGR Thoroughbred Services Pty Ltd (FBAA). Murray explained that the Makybe Diva filly, was the second last of the 21 year-old mare’s progeny and the last of her progeny for sale.
After a $100,000 result for a Sebring x Brandish filly and an Exceed and Excel x Deipara filly falling $50,000 short of her $200,000 reserve on the opening day of the sale, Musk Creek Farm were happy with the results on the second day.
Stud manager Scott Williamson said they were happy with the $460,000 paid for a Hinchinbrook x If I Can I Can (NZ) colt, while $300,000 was paid for a Shalaa(IRE) x Keep de Rose(NZ) by Paul Moroney Bloodstock and Ballymore Stables.
“It was a good result,” he said.
“We thought they could make those figures and they were both at least double reserve so we were happy those results.” You can view Musk Creek’s results for the sale here.
Promising Victorian Stud, Yulong also had some big results on day two, headed by a $650,000 sale of an I Am Invincible x Gold and Diamonds (NZ) filly which was knocked down to B K Racing and Guy Mulcaster and then went on to sell a Not a Single Doubt x Extremely filly to Godolphin for $600,000. You can view Yulong’s results here.
Throughout the sale vendors had been donating money to support those who had been affected by the bushfires.
And on Saturday night, there was a heart-warming story when Victorian Sean Duke, stepped up to the box and it was announced that $100,000 of the profits of the sale of his lot 869 would be going to assist those who had been affected by the fires.
Sean felt so compelled to contribute to the cause, that he only voiced what he was about to announce to Valiant Stud’s Fergal Connolly, half an hour prior to lot 869 going through the ring.
Sean said the following of his contribution, “When I announced what I was about to do, they thought I was mad. But I didn’t want to put pressure on anyone or for anyone to think that I was doing this for any other reason than to assist those who were affected by the bushfires. I am lucky to be abundant in what I do have, and I am glad I am in a position to be able to give back to those who need it the most.”
Fetching $160,000, the colt was knocked down to Victoria’s Mick Price Racing and D G R Thoroughbred services.
Charmein Bukovec – TBV Executive Officer said, “It is great to see brilliant results for Victorian breeders at the Magic Millions 2020 Gold Coast Yearling sale. Not only have the results soared to new levels, time and time again, Victorian breeders have shown that they are here and will continue to set new benchmarks and records. We have seen history rewritten by Victorian breeders’ multiple times this week and I have no doubt we will continue to see this occur.”
To see all the Victorian highlights from the sale, watch our video below.