Yearling market holds solid at Tassie Sale

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The Tasmanian market held strong for the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale at Launceston, with a record aggregate but a slight fall in averages from last year across the 103 lots sold.

Magic Millions Tasmania: At a glance

>> The sale aggregate fell just short of $3m ($2.97m at the end of the session). That was up nearly $200,000 on last year

>> The clearance rate was slightly down on last year, at 75.18 per cent, from 75.59 per cent

>> The average sat above last year's mark for much of the sale, but fell late in the session to $28,835, just short of last year's record mark of $29,234

>> There were two lots which sold for $100,000 and above, with a top price for a Fiorente (Ire) colt (Lot 63).

>> 47 of the 103 horses were purchased by Tasmanian buyers, with 37 going to Victoria

Spicer secures top lot

Victorian-based syndicator Brad Spicer went to $115,000 to buy Lot 63, a Fiorente colt offered by Armidale Stud, who had three of the top four lots of the sale.

The colt is out of Savoire Vivre (GB) mare Love The Moment, who has produced the multiple Hong Kong winner Special Stars (Kuroshio). He has impressed with a couple of 1000m Happy Valley wins for John Size in the past couple of months.

Lot 63 - Fiorente x Love The Moment colt

Love the Moment was stakes placed and is a full sister to multiple Listed winner Iggimacool, which is also the family of a pair of L. Tasmanian Derby winners in Father Floyd and Methuselah.

He was the only Fiorente of the sale and Spicer, who hadn't bought out of this sale for over a decade, was happy to get him.

"I'm a big fan of Fiorente and there's only about three or four of them in the sales series, so they are very rare." - Brad Spicer

"I'm a big fan of Fiorente and there's only about three or four of them in the sales series, so they are very rare," Spicer told TDN AusNZ.

"He looks very similar to a horse we have called Little Phoenix, which is showing a lot of promise for Chris Waller."

Spicer was unable to attend the sale due to an ear infection, but had the colt filmed in his parades, which convinced him he was worth buying.

"We were looking for a nice staying horse and he is out of a horse who ran third in the Oaks in Tassie. He is just a striking son of Fiorente," he said.

"We were looking for a nice staying horse and he is out of a horse who ran third in the Oaks in Tassie. He is just a striking son of Fiorente." - Brad Spicer

"He looks exactly like the style of colt you want to buy by Fiorente and having that insight into Little Phoenix and how he is tracking, he's a tad smaller version."

Spicer said the colt would go to Ciaron Maher and David Eustace to train out of their new Ballarat stables.

Six-figure colt stays local

Local owner Leigh Winwood, who has had success with gallopers like Kenjorwood (Snippetson) and Royal Rapture (Clangalang), purchased the second six-figure lot for the sale in Lot 116, a colt by Charge Forward offered by Grenville Stud which went for exactly $100,000.

The dam Tara's Spur (Flying Spur) has already produced three winners and is from the family of Group 1 winner Arlington Road and Joie De Grise, while the fourth dam is the influential Denise's Joy, the matriarch of a family that includes Group 1 winning mares Tuesday Joy, Sunday Joy and More Joyous.

Lot 116 - Charge Foward x Tara's Spur colt

Victorian trainer Ken Keys went to $95,000 for a Street Boss (USA) colt, Lot 35, also presented by Armidale. He is out of God Bless Us (Flying Spur), the half-sister to stakes-placed Angel Rose out of stakes-placed mare Holy Bounty (Don’t Say Halo), the half-sister to Group 1 winner Ellicorsam (Fimiston).

Lot 35 - Street Boss x God Bless Us colt

The colt is the half brother to the Shamus Award colt that Keys paid $45,000 at this sale last year, now called Soul Patch who debuts this week at Kyneton.

“They’re both quality colts and when you get (into) a family you like to stick to it,” Keys told Racing.com.

“Once these colts are exposed, they’re pretty hard to buy.”

“He was correct everywhere, he looks a running type. Street Boss can obviously get a good horse as you know and when I saw him there was no second question about which horse I wanted to get out of the sale.”

Nerrim leave mark

The rebranded Neerim Lodge was another interstate bidder to feature at the top of the board. Lot 80 is a Hallowed Crown colt out of Oceans (Fastnet Rock), a half to recent winner Ocean King (Written Tycoon) and was sold for $90,000 from Armidale's draft.

Lot 80 - Hallowed Crown x Oceans colt

Trainer Lloyd Kennewell combined with Aquis Farm and Group 1 bloodstock paid $1.7 million for an I Am Invincible colt at the Gold Coast last month and the collective parted with a more modest $85,000 at this sale for Lot 60, a Headwater colt out of Lalani (Lonhro), making him a half brother to the promising Kylease (Choisir).

Lalani's dam is a half-sister to Group 1 winner and Group 2 producer Fashions Afield (Redoute's Choice).

Lot 60 - Headwater x Lalani colt

Locals lead the way

Leading Tasmanian trainer Scott Brunton was the leading buyer, picking up seven horses for a total of $244,000 at an average of $34,857, while Spreyton trainer Adam Trinder, who bought star filly Mystic Journey (Needs Further) at this sale two years ago, purchased five horses at an average of $31,500.

"Full credit to Tasracing and Tasbreeders. The new initiatives have been a major driver behind these positive results." - Barry Bowditch

Victorian-based trainer Patrick Payne picked up five horses at an average of $21,000 and Mystic Journey's owner Wayne Roser bought four horses as did prominent Tasmanian owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard and Victorian trainer Matthew Brown.

Unsurprisingly, Armidale Stud topped the vendor list with 32 horses sold for an average of $40,188 and an impressive aggregate of $1.286m while Grenville Stud sold 27 horses at an average of $26,685.

Armidale's Needs Further led the sires list with 19 lots sold for an aggregate of $544,500 and an average of $28,658, the highest of any stallion with three or more horses in the sale.

"This sale continues to go from strength to strength," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. "To again have a record gross here in Tasmania is an amazing result for the breeders."

"It was pleasing to see many of the local buyers support the sale in an unprecedented manner plus the strong interstate and international participation."

"Full credit to Tasracing and Tasbreeders. The new initiatives have been a major driver behind these positive results."

"Today's sale reaffirms our recent contract renewal and our ongoing commitment to Tasmania." - Barry Bowditch

"Today's sale reaffirms our recent contract renewal and our ongoing commitment to Tasmania," Bowditch added.

The next major sale is the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which starts this Sunday at Oaklands Junction while Magic Millions' next sales event is the Adelaide Yearling Sale on March 12 and 13.