Magic Millions sale: Wednesday highlights

Magic Millions sale: Wednesday highlights

As twilight approached, the highest priced yearling from day one of the Gold Coast Magic Millions sale came when Tom Magnier of Coolmore went to $1.1 million for lot 255.

The son of Exceed And Excel is out of unraced Frankel mare Dream In Colour from Milburn Creek. Her half-sister is stakes-placed juvenile Chamarel who won three races over 1200 metres.

WATCH: Wrap of Wednesday’s action



One of two I Am Invincible colts expected to be top lots at the end of day one was purchased by Guy Mulcaster in conjunction with Chris Waller Racing for $1,050,000.

Lot 69, offered by Hunter Valley-based Segenhoe Stud, was the first foal out of Zabeel mare Adrift.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse and raced by Fairway Thoroughbreds, Adrift won three races from 1200 to 1850 metres including the G2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) as a three-year-old filly in February 2015.

WATCH: Guy Mulcaster discuss lot 59


Gai Waterhouse will train the second-dearest I Am Invincible colt from the opening day, also out of a mare she trained.

Lot 80, offered by Rosemont Stud, was purchased by Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for $1 million.

The colt is out of G1 Queen of the Turf winner Amanpour who won four races for Waterhouse between 1550 and 1900 metres. This is her second foal, her first foal is an unraced three-year-old.

Waterhouse was also the original trainer of Amanpour’s three-quarter-sister Swing Vote, a two-year-old winner on debut at Warwick Farm in January 2013.

WATCH: Adrian Bott discusses lot 80


The second yearling auctioned from the first crop of Darley stallion Astern provided an early highlight on the opening day of the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale.

Lot 59, a colt out of Anabaa mare Zimaretto from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud was purchased by Asian Bloodstock Services for $750,000 on Wednesday. He is a half-brother to three stakes winners – California Zimbol, From Within and Cruden Bay – plus city-winner Zeletto.

That quartet of horses all won as two-year-olds and have all won races no further than 1200 metres.

Astern’s first progeny are being offered at the Gold Coast this week with 23 lots catalogued across the sale.


Hawkes Racing also outlayed $750,000 to purchase a colt by American Pharoah, edging out Coolmore who were the underbidders.

Segenhoe Stud offered lot 112, which was out of unraced Encosta de Lago mare Azumi who is a sister to Alinghi, Australia’s champion three-year-old filly for the 2004/05 season.

Azumi has produced five winners, including G3 Sunshine Coast Guineas runner-up High Spirit and Melbourne city-winning Fastnet Rock fillies Tagreeda and Azeema.

WATCH: Wayne Hawkes discuss lot 112


James Harron purchased two high-priced yearlings on Wednesday, led by lot 146, a colt by his Golden Slipper winner Capitalist out of Listed Adelaide Guineas winner Booklet for $750,000. Booklet has produced multiple Melbourne city winner Groundbreak.

Harron’s other notable buy was lot 19, a colt by Zoustar out of The Laurentina for $580,000.

WATCH: James Harron discusses his purchases

Wednesday’s Top 10 lots 

Lot 255 – Exceed and Excel (AUS) / Dream in Colour (GB) $1,100,000
Lot 69 – I Am Invincible (AUS) / Adrift (NZ) $1,050,000
Lot 80 – I Am Invincible (AUS) / Amanpour (AUS) $1,000,000
Lot 226 – Exceed and Excel (AUS) / De Groove (AUS) $900,000
Lot 237 – American Pharoah (USA) / Derelique (AUS) $850,000
Lot 210 – Hinchinbrook (AUS) / Crystal Whip (AUS) $850,000
Lot 146 – Capitalist (AUS) / Booklet (AUS) $750,000
Lot 102 – I Am Invincible (AUS) / Augusta Proud (AUS) $750,000
Lot 112 – American Pharoah (USA) / Azumi (AUS) $750,000
Lot 59 – Astern (AUS) / Zimaretto (AUS) $725,000