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MAGIC MILLIONS GOLD COAST YEARLING SALE
Magic Millions Sales Complex, Bundall, Queensland
Book 1 and 2
Redoute’s Choice (Aus) was responsible for the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 1 topper when a colt out of Hades (Aus) (Encosta de Lago) fetched A$1 million Friday, and that cross was again to the fore yesterday when lot 818 topped the sheets at A$280,000 (US$251,976) for the sale’s single-session Book 2. The topper fueled a solid day of trade, which posted across-the-board gains. The gross was up A$2,098,500 to A$9,537,000 with 31 more yearlings offered, while the average climbed 3% to A$47,924. The buyback rate decreased to 16.7% from 23%.
From the draft of Arrowfield, the Redoute’s Choice filly is out of the stakes-winning Flame of Sydney (Aus) (Encosta de Lago), who has already produced the Group 1-placed Not Listenin’ to Me (Aus) (Dylan Thomas) on a similar cross. The October-foaled filly was hammered down to Joe O’Neill of Power Thoroughbreds, who cited the pedigree and residual value as a broodmare as attractive, but noted his main target with his new acquisition would come 12 months from now.
“We thought looking at her that she could be a 2-year-old, and we bought her specifically to target next year’s A$2-million Magic Millions 2YO Classic,” said O’Neill, who noted the filly would go into training with Kris Lees. “She’s a lovely filly, she’s very athletic, she has a lovely head and she walks very well,” he said.
The Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross has produced Group 1 winner Musir (Aus).
The cross featured again late in the session, when a colt by Redoute’s Choice’s leading sire son Snitzel (Aus) sold for A$150,000 to local bloodstock agent John Foote.
The session-topping filly has at least one competitor already eyeing next year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic after trainer Gillian Heinrich, the buyer of lot 704, revealed that event as the target for the I Am Invincible (Aus) colt she purchased from Mane Lodge for A$160,000.
“He’s a nice well-balanced colt and looks like an early runner, and he’s out of a nice family,” Heinrich noted. “We’ll get him ready for the Magic Millions next year, hopefully.”
Heinrich, a local Gold Coast trainer, has the credentials to get to the Classic winner’s circle, having stood there in 2010 alongside her charge Military Rose (Aus) (General Nediym). She purchased her newest acquisition under Magic Millions as agent.
I Am Invincible, Australia’s current leading freshman sire, enjoyed a strong Book 1 last week, winding up fifth amongst all sires by average, with seven sold from seven cataloged for an average of A$240,000.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News