Three Million Dollar lots on day 1
By Tim Rowe | @anz_news
The market has shown remarkable resilience with a deep buying bench demonstrating the demand for new horses with three million dollar lots and 23 lots exceeding $500,000 to usurp the year-on-year day one figure of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Yesterday’s season-opening session was highlighted by a late flurry of action, with Coolmore showing its commitment to the local industry by securing the day’s top lot, a $1.1 million Exceed And Excel (Danehill) colt, eight lots before the close. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), Australia’s most expensive stallion, also had two colts make $1.05 million and $1 million respectively, which included the sale of Rosemont Stud’s first seven-figure yearling
Tom Magnier targeted the top-priced Exceed And Excel colt, who was bred by Nick Wakim and offered by Milburn Creek, as part of Coolmore’s bid to land a stallion prospect at the yearling stage, rather than off the track when they are considerably more expensive. “He was an exceptional physical, a very nice type out of a Frankel mare. All the judges were on him, so we’ll take him home, break him in and see where we go from there,” Magnier said. “Things are very positive in this country, prize-money is very high, so it is a great place to race horses. We are out there now to find colts and hopefully we get a bit of luck along the way. For the top colts this week you’re going to have to pay for them.
Magnier continued: “John and Trish Muir (of Milburn Creek) have got a really good farm and are very good breeders, so when they put in a quality colt in their draft everyone takes them very seriously.” Catalogued as Lot 255, the colt is the first foal out of the unraced Frankel (Galileo) mare Dream In Colour, who was purchased for Wakim by Peter Ford Thoroughbreds for $750,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale. The mare is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Chamarel (Exceed And Excel) and a daughter of the South Australian Group 3 winner Colour (More Than Ready). Wakim said: “He has been a cracking colt from day one at home and it’s a fantastic result.
We obviously moved to be Milburn Creek this year and they have done a fantastic job with him and he has been the best of our colts this year. “He had over 30 hits on the x-rays and about 165 views. He was very popular and we knew he was going to be a nice colt. We have the mare and the sister at home and she will race with me.” Coolmore was also in action supporting the offspring of its own high profile first season sire American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) with a colt added to the racing operation for $850,000. The colt is the sixth foal out of the unraced mare Derelique (Danehill Dancer) who is the dam of the Group 2 winner Man From Uncle (Uncle Mo) and the Sydney winner Napoleon Solo (Uncle Mo). He was catalogued as lot 237.