Magic Millions Perth Book 2 - Safeguard's day in Swan Valley

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Mogumber Park's Safeguard has dominated Book 2 of the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale on a day where drops in the average and clearance rate made it a tough market for vendors.

Magic Millions Perth Book 2: At a glance

>> Five of the top six lots on the day were by Safeguard, ranging from $48,000 to $60,000

>> The clearance rate was 68.75%, down from 88% from a stellar Book 2 last year

>> Average was down on last year's buoyant market at $22,722 compared to $25,980 in 2018

>> The aggregate was down over 30% on 2018

>> Local buyers dominated with just seven of 99 bought by interstate or overseas interests

Playing it Safe

Safeguard, who is currently fourth on the Australian first-season sires list with two winners from his first crop, was the in-demand sire at Swan Valley and was the leading stallion on average and aggregate in Book 2.

The buzz on the son of Group 3 winning son of Exceed and Excel was strong on Day 1, where he sold six lots from an average of $86,666 and he backed that up on Tuesday with the four lots sold at an average of $52,000.

Lot 190, a filly consigned by Namerik Thoroughbreds went to Paul Jordan, who paid the top price for a Safeguard in Book 1 (Lot 90) as well.

Lot 190 Safeguard x Comme Ci

Jordan paid $60,000 for the filly out of Comme Ci (Verglas) who is a half sister to recent WA winners Barry's Rabbit (Blackfriars) and Fred Dag (Patronize). It is the family of stakes-winners Zedamoss, Andra, Moving Money and Stratazoa.

Jordan would buy three lots on the day to go with the two he purchased in Book 1.

Simon Miller Racing went $55,000 for Lot 260, a filly out of Perpendicular (Charge Forward), which was offered by Mogumber Park. Perpendicular is the half-sister to the dam of Exosphere and has already produced a couple of winners in Scalpel (Snippetson) and Shengmu (Fath {USA}).

Pearce Racing, who bought the top lot overall in Book 1, paid $50,000 for Safeguard's Lot 181, a filly out of Cause For Demand (Giant's Causeway {USA}). That filly is a half to Vixatious (Foxwedge), while the dam is a sibling to four stakes winners, including Group 2 winner Washington Heights (Commands).

Lot 181 Safeguard x Cause For Demand

Lot 235 was the other Safeguard to go for $50,000, with the colt out of stakes-placed Jeverre (Noverre {USA}) sold to Jim Taylor.

The penultimate lot of the sale, a colt by Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente (Ire), was the only other lot to reach $50,000. The 14th foal from Windana (Danehill {USA}) who has produced five winners, the colt hails from the family of Group 1 winner Southern Lord and went to Jason Ferguson.

Big sale for Mogumber Park

While the market wasn't overly strong across the board, it was a great couple of days for Mogumber Park, with owner Colin Brown delighted with how the sale worked out for Safeguard.

"Really, really happy. Every time we’ve asked the horse to do something, he's done it. He came across, he got his mares in foal, they all came out correct, they all behave well and the trainers love them," Brown told The Races WA.

"He came across, he got his mares in foal, they all came out correct, they all behave well and the trainers love them." - Mogumber Park owner, Colin Brown

"He's still fourth on the Australian first season sires list, he's done a great job. The people who have come and got them this year and got them in the stable last year. Richard Jolly came over from South Australia to buy one, because he's got one already."

"He does stamp them doesn't he. You see that really strong hindquarter, that good shoulder in them. The one thing that amazed us during their prep is that they are a horse that loves routine."

The team from Mogumber Park

Mogumber Park sold three of the five Safeguards on the day to finish clearly the top vendor on average on the day, while Mungrup Stud sold 13 yearlings to lead the aggregate sales with $333,000

The top buyer on the day was bloodstock agent John Chalmers, who spent $102,000 in buying five yearlings.

Across the two books, the clearance rate was 74.29%, with an average of $44,651, a median of $32,500 and aggregate of $9.287m.

Last year, the overall clearance was 91.76%, the average $45,547, the median $35,000 and the aggregate $11.66m.


Top Lots Book 2

190Safeguard (AUS)Comme Ci (AUS)F60,000Paul JordanWANamerik Thoroughbreds, Serpentine, WA
260Safeguard (AUS)Perpendicular (AUS)F55,000Simon MillerWAMogumber Park, Bullsbrook, WA
235Safeguard (AUS)Jeverre (AUS)C50,000Jim TaylorWAMogumber Park, Bullsbrook, WA
181Safeguard (AUS)Cause for Demand (AUS)F50,000Pearce Racing Pty LtdWAWestern Breeders Alliance (Darling View Stud, Eino
309Fiorente (IRE)Windana (AUS)C50,000Jason FergusonWALynward Park Stud, Bullsbrook, WA
180Safeguard (AUS)Cats Galore (AUS)F48,000Neville Parnham RacingWAMogumber Park, Bullsbrook, WA
308Trade Fair (GB)Unsinkable Molly (AUS)C44,000Aria LodgeWABlackwatch Stud, Coolup, WA
294The Factor (USA)Speed Up (AUS)F40,000St Simon GroupWAWestern Breeders Alliance (Darling View Stud, Eino
204Blackfriars (AUS)Drama (IRE)C40,000Shaun Coyne/Brock LewthwaiteWAScenic Lodge, Muchea, WA
252Bradburys Luck (AUS)Newborn (AUS)F40,000Harvey RacingWADawson Stud, Myalup, WA

Top Lots - both days

66I Am Invincible (AUS)Jestceny (AUS)C260,000John Chalmers Bloodstock (FBAA)/Pearce RacingWAWestern Breeders Alliance (Darling View Stud, Eino
12Snitzel (AUS)Belle dAmour (AUS)F200,000Aquis FarmQLDGold Front Thoroughbreds, Gingin, WA
39Zoustar (AUS)Donna Intelligente (AUS)F200,000Harvey RacingWAAmelia Park Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd, Vasse, WA
90Safeguard (AUS)Mississippi Belle (AUS)C150,000Paul JordanWAMogumber Park, Bullsbrook, WA
124Magnus (AUS)Secret Mak (AUS)F140,000Boomer Bloodstock P/L (FBAA)/Lindsey SmithWADawson Stud, Myalup, WA
8Nicconi (AUS)Bathilda (NZ)C140,000Gangemi RacingWAAmelia Park Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd, Vasse, WA
65Magnus (AUS)Jest Envy Her (AUS)C130,000Trevor AndrewsWAWestern Breeders Alliance (Darling View Stud, Eino
85Dundeel (NZ)Mendicity (AUS)F130,000Durrant Racing/Geoff BullWAOakland Park Stud, North Jindong, WA
74Dundeel (NZ)Lateral (AUS)C120,000Andrew Noblet Racing/Mark Pilkington ManagemeVICWestern Breeders Alliance (Darling View Stud, Eino

Top Buyers

Neville Parnham Racing761,500430,500
Morton Racing760,071420,500
Harvey Racing4103,750415,000
Durrant Racing850,625405,000
Roy Rogers941,833376,500
Trevor Andrews492,500370,000
John Chalmers Bloodstock (FBAA)/Pearce Racing2167,500335,000
Simon Miller561,000305,000
Paul Jordan560,600303,000

Top Vendors by average

Amelia Park Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd8188.8999,125793,000
Belvoir Thoroughbreds30100.0072,833218,500
Mogumber Park10376.9270,500705,000
Gold Front Thoroughbreds9190.0067,500607,500
Western Breeders Alliance17577.2766,6471,133,000
Lynward Park Stud3175.0050,167150,500
Dawson Stud10662.5049,400494,000
Misty Valley Thoroughbreds5271.4343,100215,500
Willow Dale Farm4357.1440,250161,000
Gervase Park Stud13192.8640,192522,500

Top Vendors by aggregate

Western Breeders Alliance 17577.2766,6471,133,000
Mungrup Stud26681.2538,5581,002,500
Scenic Lodge22484.6237,000814,000
Amelia Park Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd8188.8999,125793,000
Yarradale Stud18966.6740,028720,500
Mogumber Park10376.9270,500705,000
Gold Front Thoroughbreds9190.0067,500607,500
Gervase Park Stud13192.8640,192522,500
Alwyn Park Stud17577.2729,235497,000

Top Sires by average

Magnus (AUS)82140,00080.0073,000584,000
Nicconi (AUS)41140,00080.0071,625286,500
Deep Field (AUS)4090,000100.0070,625282,500
War Chant (USA)76100,00053.8568,214477,500
Safeguard (AUS)124150,00075.0067,750813,000
Rubick (AUS)30100,000100.0060,833182,500
Oratorio (AUS)73115,00070.0060,643424,500
Star Witness (AUS)3080,000100.0051,167153,500
Playing God (AUS)3280,00060.0051,000153,000
Sizzling (AUS)3075,000100.0049,167147,500

Top Sires by aggregate

Safeguard (AUS)124150,00075.0067,750813,000
Magnus (AUS)82140,00080.0073,000584,000
Blackfriars (AUS)146100,00070.0040,107561,500
War Chant (USA)76100,00053.8568,214477,500
I'm All the Talk (AUS)19242,00090.4824,895473,000
Oratorio (AUS)73115,00070.0060,643424,500
Bradbury's Luck (AUS)11155,00091.6730,909340,000
Snippetson (AUS)10375,00076.9231,150311,500
Nicconi (AUS)41140,00080.0071,625286,500