Guy Mulcaster, who was buying for champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller, was especially keen on the I Am Invincible colt's full brother at last year's sale, but watched on as Reg Inglis, Jon Kelly and Paul Frampton shelled out a sale-topping $2 million for him.
The big money then came out early on Wednesday with three of the four million-dollar first day purchases inside the first 72 horses in the catalogue. While he was beaten to the punch on several of the earlier high-priced horses, Mulcaster finally hit his target in the afternoon, with a $1.3 million bid successful for the son of Tai Tai Tess from Yarraman Park.
"It’s been quite a long day on the better horses. We’ve had a couple of races we couldn't win but we waited for that colt and we are very happy we've got him," he said.
Mulcaster felt there was very little between the colt and his older brother who is now named Faretti and is showing considerable promise as he builds towards a debut for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
"We really loved the colt last year and he was a bit further from our budget but I was happy to get this one. We’ve sat and waited and we got him," he said.
"We’ve sat and waited and we got him." - Guy Mulcaster
"I didn’t think there is much difference between him and the one last year. The mare really stamps them and there is plenty of Magic Albert in there."
Dam Tai Tai Tess (Magic Albert) is a Listed winner from the family of Drumbeats (Redoute's Choice) and Delta Form (Marscay).
Her second dam is the dual Group 1 winner Arborea (Imperial Prince).
But it was his type more than his pedigree which attracted Mulcaster, who said the ownership of the colt was pretty much already sorted.
"I think he has got a gun attitude. He strides out well and he's going to continue to furnish," he said.