Aquis, Phoenix unite for high-priced trio

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Aquis Farm may not have secured the top lot on Day 3, but spent an eye-popping $4 million on Friday across eight lots.

The partnership with Phoenix Thoroughbreds, which secured the sale topper by Redoute's Choice, Lot 32 on Day 1, was extremely busy with two colts and a filly bought all for $750,000-plus.

Lot 665, the colt by I Am Invincible out of Group 1 winning mare Hurtle Myrtle (Dane Shadow) went for $800,000, with Aquis CEO Shane McGrath delighted to have secured another colt by a top stallion.

Lot 665 I am Invincible x Hurtle Myrtle

"He's just a lovely colt. What’s not to like. He's by one of the best sires in Australia. It looks like he’ll get up and rolling early. The mare is a Group 1 winner, so he was a pretty obvious one for us," McGrath said.

"The guys at Phoenix had him as their best of the day and we concurred."

It was another great result for Segenhoe Stud, who a day earlier had sold the $1.4m Redoute's Choice colt to Harron.

"Obviously Hurtle Myrtle is a Group 1 winner. He's a real typical I Am invincible. Just a lovely rich bay quality. He's a great mover," Segenhoe's Peter O'Brien said. "There's a lot of key players in for him. Coolmore were underbidders with Aquis and Phoenix buying him. He was just a classic and beautiful horse typical of what the sire throws."

"This colt by far, far and away the best yearling she's thrown. It's really a testament to the stallion, every type of mare," he said.

Aquis and Phoenix also paid $800,000 for Lot 597, by Snitzel colt out of Fortune of War (General Nediym), as well as $750,000, the highest price yet at this sale for a Zoustar filly, Lot 675 out of Igraine (Denman).

Lot 597 Snitzel x Fortune Of War

Aquis and Ciaron Maher Racing, who have Dubious (Not A Single Doubt) running for them in Saturday's Magic Millions 2YO Classic, combined to buy another Not A Single Doubt, Lot 765 out of Madame Andree (War Emblem {USA}) for $750,000.

Continuing their love of a partnership, Aquis also bought horses with Busuttin Racing and Tony Gollan Racing, the latter by their stallion Spill The Beans.

Those partnerships mean that Aquis are not technically the leading buyers at the sale, even though they have bought 18 horses at a total of $9.86m.

The single biggest buyer at the sale remains China Horse Club/Newgate with 12 yearlings for a total of $5.3 million.

Bowditch delighted with solid trade

Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said that although the median and average had dropped there was excellent trade, which boded well for a particularly strong clearance rate.

"The first two days were unprecedented and momentum flowed on today. With an average of $237,000 it's well up on last year and the clearance rate of 87% puts us in a good position to close off at 88-89%."

Bowditch mentioned that buyers who had done their homework and approached the sale with a broad shortlist were able to buy very well.

"I felt today again, the guys who had done their work and had shopped around keeping their lists long were able to find some value. I had half a dozen people come up to me and say they'd managed to buy a horse well today. With this big catalogue they continue to find value."

Statistics after Day Three

Top Lots

34Redoutes Choice (AUS)Purely Spectacular (NZ)C$1,600,000Phoenix TBreds (II) Ltd/Aquis Farms Pty LtdQLDBhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
417Redoutes Choice (AUS)Breakfast in Bed (AUS)C$1,400,000James Harron BloodstockNSWSegenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone, NSW
204I Am Invincible (AUS)Tai Tai Tess (AUS)C$1,300,000Waller Racing/Mulcaster BloodstockNSWYarraman Park Stud, Scone, NSW
379Fastnet Rock (AUS)Ballet Suite (AUS)C$1,100,000Jon Kelly/Reg Inglis/Jamie McCalmontUSACoolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains, NSW
446I Am Invincible (AUS)Champagne Cath (AUS)C$1,100,000Waller Racing/Mulcaster BloodstockNSWNewgate Farm, Scone, NSW
320Zoustar (AUS)Acouplamas (AUS)C$1,075,000Yu Long Investments Pty Ltd/RIFA MustangCHINAKBL Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, Qld
374Redoutes Choice (AUS)Aware (AUS)C$1,075,000James Moore/Summit Racing AustraliaNSWNewhaven Park, Boorowa, NSW
72I Am Invincible (AUS)Rose of Choice (AUS)F$1,000,000Yu Long Investments Pty LtdCHINAYarraman Park Stud, Scone, NSW
10Medaglia dOro (USA)Peggy Jean (AUS)C$1,000,000Asian Bloodstock Services LtdHONG KONGWidden Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
624Written Tycoon (AUS)Golden Penny (AUS)C$900,000James Harron BloodstockNSWMilburn Creek, Wildes Meadow, NSW
117Zoustar (AUS)Shakeira (USA)C$900,000Spendthrift Australia Pty LtdVICWidden Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
518I Am Invincible (AUS)Devoirs (AUS)C$900,000China Horse Club/Newgate Bstock/StonestreetNSWYarraman Park Stud, Scone, NSW
388Savabeel (AUS)Bayrock (AUS)F$825,000Shadwell Stud Australasia LtdVICKitchwin Hills, Scone, NSW
215Hinchinbrook (AUS)Tetsuko (AUS)F$800,000Jon Kelly/Reg Inglis/Jamie McCalmontUSAYarraman Park Stud, Scone, NSW
447Redoutes Choice (AUS)Champagne Run (USA)F$800,000Paul Moroney Bstock/Go Bloodstock AustraliaNSWArrowfield Stud, Scone, NSW
665I Am Invincible (AUS)Hurtle Myrtle (AUS)C$800,000Phoenix TBreds (II) Ltd/Aquis Farms Pty LtdQLDSegenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone, NSW
67Sebring (AUS)Risk Aversion (AUS)C$800,000China Horse Club/Newgate Bstock/StonestreetNSWElement Hill, Innisplain, Qld
597Snitzel (AUS)Fortune of War (AUS)C$800,000Phoenix TBreds (II) Ltd/Aquis Farms Pty LtdQLDEdinburgh Park, Wingham, NSW
530Written Tycoon (AUS)Doubtfilly (AUS)C$750,000Jadeskye Racing/Brad Widdup RacingNSWNewhaven Park, Boorowa, NSW
675Zoustar (AUS)Igraine (AUS)F$750,000Phoenix TBreds (II) Ltd/Aquis Farms Pty LtdQLDGilgai Farm, Nagambie, Vic

Top Sires by Average

Redoute's Choice (AUS)142$1,600,00087.5$567,500$7,945,000
Medaglia d'Oro (USA)31$1,000,00075$511,667$1,535,000
I Am Invincible (AUS)523$1,300,00094.55$409,615$21,300,000
Fastnet Rock (AUS)152$1,100,00088.24$389,000$5,835,000
Snitzel (AUS)278$800,00077.14$382,222$10,320,000
Zoustar (AUS)333$1,075,00091.67$331,667$10,945,000
Savabeel (AUS)51$825,00083.33$303,000$1,515,000
Sebring (AUS)247$800,00077.42$298,333$7,160,000
Written Tycoon (AUS)341$900,00097.14$292,941$9,960,000
Not a Single Doubt (AUS)202$725,00090.91$284,000$5,680,000
Hinchinbrook (AUS)200$800,000100$274,250$5,485,000
Charm Spirit (IRE)30$280,000100$236,667$710,000
Exceed and Excel (AUS)161$550,00094.12$232,813$3,725,000
More Than Ready (USA)205$600,00080$220,750$4,415,000
Brazen Beau (AUS)92$625,00081.82$214,444$1,930,000
Pierro (AUS)215$600,00080.77$202,857$4,260,000
Deep Field (AUS)221$450,00095.65$202,500$4,455,000
Rubick (AUS)101$360,00090.91$202,000$2,020,000
All Too Hard (AUS)102$320,00083.33$193,000$1,930,000
Tapit (USA)30$300,000100$190,000$570,000

Top Sires by Total

I Am Invincible (AUS)523$1,300,00094.55$409,615$21,300,000
Zoustar (AUS)333$1,075,00091.67$331,667$10,945,000
Snitzel (AUS)278$800,00077.14$382,222$10,320,000
Written Tycoon (AUS)341$900,00097.14$292,941$9,960,000
Redoute's Choice (AUS)142$1,600,00087.5$567,500$7,945,000
Sebring (AUS)247$800,00077.42$298,333$7,160,000
Fastnet Rock (AUS)152$1,100,00088.24$389,000$5,835,000
Not a Single Doubt (AUS)202$725,00090.91$284,000$5,680,000
Hinchinbrook (AUS)200$800,000100$274,250$5,485,000
Vancouver (AUS)263$400,00089.66$189,423$4,925,000
Deep Field (AUS)221$450,00095.65$202,500$4,455,000
More Than Ready (USA)205$600,00080$220,750$4,415,000
Pierro (AUS)215$600,00080.77$202,857$4,260,000
Exceed and Excel (AUS)161$550,00094.12$232,813$3,725,000
Pride of Dubai (AUS)195$300,00079.17$146,053$2,775,000
Dissident (AUS)182$260,00090$121,667$2,190,000
Star Witness (AUS)113$300,00078.57$185,000$2,035,000
Rubick (AUS)101$360,00090.91$202,000$2,020,000
Spirit of Boom (AUS)122$350,00085.71$163,333$1,960,000
Brazen Beau (AUS)92$625,00081.82$214,444$1,930,000

Top Buyers

China Horse Club/Newgate Bloodstock12$443,333$5,320,000
James Harron Bloodstock8$650,000$5,200,000
Waller Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock12$424,583$5,095,000
Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing18$278,333$5,010,000
Phoenix T'Breds (II) Ltd/Aquis Farms Pty Ltd5$900,000$4,500,000
Ciaron Maher Bloodstock Pty Ltd18$220,556$3,970,000
Jon Kelly/Reg Inglis/Jamie McCalmont6$584,167$3,505,000
Aquis Farms Pty Ltd7$463,571$3,245,000
McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty Ltd11$224,545$2,470,000
Shadwell Stud Australasia Ltd6$375,833$2,255,000
Lindsay Park Racing/Andrew Williams Bstock11$183,636$2,020,000
Star Thoroughbreds10$198,500$1,985,000
Spendthrift Australia Pty Ltd4$495,000$1,980,000
Godolphin4$481,250$1,925,000
Jadeskye Racing/Brad Widdup Racing4$458,750$1,835,000
Peachester Lodge Pty Ltd5$358,000$1,790,000
Asian Bloodstock Services Ltd3$583,333$1,750,000
China Horse Club/Newgate Bstock/Stonestreet2$850,000$1,700,000
James Moore/Summit Racing Australia3$555,000$1,665,000
Bjorn Baker Racing/Clarke Bloodstock8$206,250$1,650,000

Top Vendors by Average

Yarraman Park Stud, Scone, NSW22195.65$414,318$9,115,000
Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA40100$407,500$1,630,000
Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow, NSW80100$401,250$3,210,000
Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone, NSW15193.75$366,000$5,490,000
Newhaven Park, Boorowa, NSW18578.26$327,500$5,895,000
Luskin Park, Luskintyre, NSW50100$318,000$1,590,000
Torryburn Stud, Torryburn, NSW4180$290,000$1,160,000
Cressfield, Scone, NSW4180$288,750$1,155,000
Widden Stud, Widden Valley, NSW33197.06$286,364$9,450,000
Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic15383.33$280,333$4,205,000
Daandine Stud, Goomburra, Qld30100$273,333$820,000
Gilgai Farm, Nagambie, Vic80100$271,250$2,170,000
Kitchwin Hills, Scone, NSW13476.47$271,154$3,525,000
Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW21291.3$270,476$5,680,000
Edinburgh Park, Wingham, NSW13192.86$269,615$3,505,000
Amarina Farm, Denman, NSW13286.67$253,462$3,295,000
Aquis Farm Operations, Murrurundi, NSW12285.71$252,500$3,030,000
Newgate Farm, Scone, NSW390100$251,154$9,795,000
Kia Ora Stud, Scone, NSW12192.31$242,500$2,910,000
Goodwood Farm, Murrurundi, NSW30100$240,000$720,000

Top Vendors by Total

Newgate Farm, Scone, NSW390100$251,154$9,795,000
Widden Stud, Widden Valley, NSW33197.06$286,364$9,450,000
Yarraman Park Stud, Scone, NSW22195.65$414,318$9,115,000
Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains, NSW41197.62$221,707$9,090,000
Arrowfield Stud, Scone, NSW39295.12$218,333$8,515,000
Newhaven Park, Boorowa, NSW18578.26$327,500$5,895,000
Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW21291.3$270,476$5,680,000
Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone, NSW15193.75$366,000$5,490,000
Baramul Stud, Widden Valley, NSW221166.67$213,409$4,695,000
Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic15383.33$280,333$4,205,000
Kitchwin Hills, Scone, NSW13476.47$271,154$3,525,000
Edinburgh Park, Wingham, NSW13192.86$269,615$3,505,000
Amarina Farm, Denman, NSW13286.67$253,462$3,295,000
Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow, NSW80100$401,250$3,210,000
Sledmere Stud, Scone, NSW160100$194,063$3,105,000
Aquis Farm Operations, Murrurundi, NSW12285.71$252,500$3,030,000
Lime Country Thoroughbreds, Burradoo, NSW150100$201,333$3,020,000
Kia Ora Stud, Scone, NSW12192.31$242,500$2,910,000
Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW13572.22$223,077$2,900,000
Element Hill, Innisplain, Qld12380$215,000$2,580,000