Colts the focus for Princess Park on MM Adelaide Day 1

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After a successful first trip to the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale in 2018, Princess Park has taken a strategic approach to its draft this year, with Day 1 highlights including a special Written Tycoon colt.

Spurred by the lessons learned from a successful first foray into the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale last year, Princess Park have taken a draft of 12 to this year's sale ready to make an impression at the top end of the market.

Princess Park sold two of the top five lots last year, selling all 12 of the yearlings it took to the sale at an average price of $74,833.

Principal Adam Palmer explains that while the results last year were strong, Princess Park was keen to raise the bar and has taken a strategic approach in terms of the mix and quality of yearlings it is presenting in 2019.

Lot 122 - Written Tycoon x Rosa Mia colt

"We've got a good bunch of horses, 11 colts and one filly. I think we've brought over the right product for the sale," he said.

"We've got a good bunch of horses, 11 colts and one filly. I think we've brought over the right product for the sale," - Adam Palmer

The ratio of colts to fillies is a deliberate ploy to target what Palmer says is a colts-orientated sale.

"We bought fillies over here last year and I felt we sold them for unders," he said. "Just even the experience today, with people looking at the horses, they want to see all your colts. "

"You get a lot of people from New Zealand as well as pinhookers and Ready To Run agents and buyers and they just want to see colts."

Complimenting that strategy is the choice of which horses go to Adelaide. Palmer has high expectations of Lot 122, who was deliberately targeted at Adelaide and is the only Written Tycoon colt in the catalogue.

"We are bringing over an outstanding Written Tycoon colt that was accepted into Gold Coast and Melbourne. We just thought that with so many Written Tycoons at both those sales, we'd bring him over here and he'd stand out a bit more," Palmer said.

"We are bringing over an outstanding Written Tycoon colt that was accepted into Gold Coast and Melbourne. We just thought that with so many Written Tycoons at both those sales, we'd bring him over here and he'd stand out a bit more," - Adam Palmer

"He's the only colt in the sale. He looks super, clean on x-rays and a really nice walking, strong, athletic colt. Typical of the good Written Tycoon."

He doesn’t want on the pedigree page either, being out of Rossa Mia (Testa Rossa), the half-sister to stakes-winning pair Stokehouse and Malasun.

"We are trying to pick them so you are at the top of the sale, rather than just another horse at the sale," he said.

Pinhooking plan

Lot 122 was purchased at last year's Sydney Weanling Sale for $110,000, one of seven pinhooks that Princess Park takes to Adelaide.

The pinhooks were a real success story for Princess Park last year, with colts by Nicconi and Street Boss (USA) bought for $60,000 and $38,000 as weanlings in 2017 selling for $210,000 and $150,000 respectively.

Another one of this year's pinhooks is Lot 251, from the first crop of Rich Enuff out of Bridie's Love (Dehere {USA}), which was bought for $22,000 at last year's Great Southern Sale.

Lot 251 - Rich Enuff x Bridie's Love

Palmer said the colt has been really popular in the parades to date and he expected him to be received well.

A strong Western Australian contingent is expected in Adelaide and Palmer is hoping to catch their eye with another pinhook, a Magnus colt from the family of dual WA Group 1 winner Playing God (Blackfriars)

Lot 323 was a $28,000 Great Southern Sale weanling buy, with his dam, Footsteps of God, a full sister to both Playing God and his Group 2 winning brother God Has Spoken.

Another Great Southern Sale purchase was Lot 114 from the second local crop of Arrowfield's Olympic Glory (Ire).

"Another horse that is talking everybody's eye in this big strong colt, who is roan in colour, the book says he's grey," Palmer said.

"He's by Olympic Glory and he's caught the eye of plenty of people. Olympic Glory hasn’t set the world on fire yet, but he's a son of Choisir and a four-time Group 1 winner. I think they'll come good."

"This colt has been really popular. He's a really strong type, forward and great walker. He's been popular in the parades."

The one filly on offer from Princess Park is Lot 163, Wandjina out of Telegraph Gal (Royal Academy {USA}). The dam is a sister to Group 2 winner Charmview and has already produced two winners.

Lot 163 Wandjina x Telegraph Gal filly

Expectations in check

After a quiet start to inspections on Saturday, Palmer said things had picked up significantly with the influx of interstate buyers, with a strong contingent of Victorian trainers now on the ground.

After a bit of a tough time of it at the recent Melbourne Premier Sale, Palmer is cautious about the market ahead of the sale.

"The market does seem to have come off, so you have to be mindful of that when you are setting reserves. You can't afford to be too greedy and you need to get the horses sold," he said.