MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale - Day 1 Review

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While the Magic Millions 2019 March Yearling Sale hasn't hit the heights of last year, interest in local boom sires Spirit of Boom and Better Than Ready provided a solid opening day on the Gold Coast.

At A Glance

>> James Harron secured the top lot of the day, paying $220,000 for a Spirit of Boom colt, one of ten by the Eureka Stud sire which sold on the day

>> There were seven lots go for $100,000 or more on Day 1 as opposed to 15 in 2018, while there were just four in that bracket in 2017

>> Day 1 average was down from $43,399 last year to $32,872, but that is well up on the $29,880 of 2017

>> Median was a slightly flat $22,000, down on the $26,000 on Day 1 last year and down from the $23,000 of the year before

>> Clearance rate reached 73%, well short of the 77% at the conclusion of Day 1 last year

>> Aggregate sales at the half way point are $4.37 million, putting the sale on track to match the gross of two years ago

More Boom for Harron

James Harron secured the top lot for the day, purchasing Lot 144, the colt by Spirit of Boom out of Weekend Surprise (Rubiton) for $220,000 from the KBL Thoroughbreds draft after a hectic bidding war.

Lot 144 Spirit of Boom x Weekend Surprise colt

The dam has produced nine horses to the track, all winners, including G3 MVRC Champagne S. winner Dan Baroness (Statue of Liberty (USA)}, while the second dam, Seaside Attraction (Godswalk {USA}) is a half-brother to Group 1 winner Pride of Rancho (Rancho Ruler).

It was Harron's only purchase for the day, having also bought just one horse, also by Spirit of Boom, at the sale last year.

"I was really taken with his attitude. He has a fantastic demeanour and was beautifully presented. He uses himself really well. He's a good, strong and robust early looking type," Harron said of the colt who will be trained by Peter and Paul Snowden.

First Light seize Better chance

First Light Racing went to $120,000 to secure the top lot by Better Than Ready, a colt catalogued as Lot 78 and offered by Kynoch Thoroughbreds at Toowoomba.

Lot 78 Better Than Ready x Shine Bridge colt

He is out of the Group 1 winning imported mare Shine Bridge (Arg) (Westbridge {USA}), the sister to two Argentine stakes winners, who has already had three winners to the track.

"Better Than Ready is obviously the leading first-season sire in Australia and he had another big winner on Saturday in the QTIS Jewel so he’s proving to be a phenomenal sire. We really wanted to get a Better Than Ready into the team and on type he’s a colt we absolutely loved," Ashleigh Dowley, First Light Racing's Bloodstock Manager, said.

"He’s strong, he’s quite forward and he’s very quiet as well so there’s a lot to like about him. You can see just by looking at him why we love him - he’s got a lot of strength about him, a lovely big girth, massive hindquarter and we think he’s one of the nicest colts on the ground here."

The colt will be prepared by new training partnership Chris Anderson and Robert Heathcote.

"He’s off to a great stable in Brisbane and we’re happy to be keeping him in Queensland and racing him with the team up here while chasing that QTIS prize money," Dowley said. "It’s a great scheme to be involved in and we’re really excited, we think he’ll be very popular."

Lot 78 will be prepared by new training partnership Chris Anderson and Robert Heathcote.

Anderson and Heathcote went on their own to secure the equal highest-priced filly of the day, Lot 24 by Rich Enuff, offered by the stallion's former home at Glenlogan Park.

Lot 24 Rich Enuff x Personal Guarantee filly

She benefited from a pedigree boost from the talented filly Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}), who won the G2 Phar Lap S. on Saturday. That filly and this one both descend from the mare Chalet Girl (Imposing), the half-sister to Danewin and Commands. Her daughter, Personal Guarantee (Danzero), the dam of this filly, has already produced the three-time winner Sure Deal (Real Saga).

Also going for $110,000 was Lot 83, a Spirit of Boom filly on offer from Eureka Stud. Chris Munce was the successful bidder having tasted terrific success with the progeny of the sire, including Boomsara, who won this year's Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

Boomer Bloodstock, who bought the top lot at last year's March Sale, paid $110,000 for Lot 56, a Better Than Ready colt out of Rosaria (More Than Ready {USA}) from Deejay Bloodstock. The dam, a three-quarter sister to Rosa's Image, Rosa's Joy and Rosa's Path, has already produced two winners.

The other two six-figure lots both went to Tony Gollan/John Foote. They were a Spill the Beans filly, Lot 37 from Lucas Bloodstock and Lot 195, an I Am Invincible colt from Aquis Farm from the family of Bentley Biscuit.

Boom, Ready dominant

It was no surprise that Spirit of Boom topped the first day sires' aggregates, selling 10 for a total of $723,000, while 13 Better Than Readys sold for an aggregate of $717,500 and an average of $55,192.

Spirit of Boom

First-season sire Rich Enuff led overall sire averages with his three lots going for an average of $72,333, while Spill The Beans led first-season aggregates as well as overall volume, with 16 lots sold for a total of $457,000.

The homes of the two dominant stallions, Eureka Stud ($641,500) and Lyndhurst Stud ($506,500) were the leading vendors on aggregate, while KBL Thoroughbreds continued its terrific sales season with four lots sold at a vendor-leading average of $89,375.

The leading buyer on the day was Group 1 Pty Ltd, who bought nine yearlings for a total of $276,000, while Mishani Enterprises, Riyue Trading, Munce Racing and Michael Sherrin all bought four yearlings apiece on Day 1.

"Last year's sale broke all records and while this year's figures are down, the sale is tracking well when compared to the 2017 auction," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. "We're hopeful the figures will continue to improve."

"Vendors as a whole are very willing to meet the market and for the buyers there is a huge opportunity for value."

"Given the bonus prizemoney available through the QTIS scheme and the amount of winners that this sale produces, buyers should be stepping in with confidence," Bowditch added.

Day 2 kicks off at 10am local time on Tuesday.


Top Lots

144KBL Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, Qld (As Agent)CSpirit of Boom (AUS)Weekend Surprise (AUS)James Harron BloodstockNSW$220,000
78Kynoch Thoroughbreds, Toowoomba, QldCBetter Than Ready (AUS)Shine Bridge (ARG)First Light/Paul Willetts/Anderson Heathcote RcgVIC$120,000
83Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld (As Agent)FSpirit of Boom (AUS)Silva Nova (AUS)Munce RacingQLD$110,000
56DeeJay Bloodstock, Maroon, QldCBetter Than Ready (AUS)Rosaria (AUS)Brenden Mackay/Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA)NSW$110,000
24Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, QldFRich Enuff (AUS)Personal Guarantee (AUS)Anderson Heathcote RacingQLD$110,000
195Aquis Farm Operations, Murrurundi, NSW (As Agent for Aquis Farm)CI Am Invincible (AUS)Bikini Star (AUS)Gollan Racing/John Foote BloodstockQLD$100,000
37Lucas Bloodstock, Croftby, Qld (As Agent for G K Bell & L M Steven)FSpill the Beans (AUS)Precious Darl (AUS)Gollan Racing/John Foote BloodstockQLD$100,000
51Lyndhurst Stud Farm, Warwick, QldFBetter Than Ready (AUS)Ridolfi (AUS)Proven Thoroughbreds/Steven O'Dea RacingNSW$85,000
133Kenmore Lodge, Wyreema, Qld (As Agent for Embrook Stables)CWandjina (AUS)Upper Notch (AUS)Group 1 Pty LtdQLD$82,500
1Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld (As Agent)CDeep Field (AUS)Nakedindaspa (AUS)Anderson Heathcote Rcg/Morley BS/David GiesemannQLD$82,500

Top Sires by Average

Rich Enuff (AUS)7322$217,000$110,000$72,333
Spirit of Boom (AUS)161042$723,000$220,000$72,300
Better Than Ready (AUS)181341$717,500$120,000$55,192
Love Conquers All (AUS)13670$175,000$50,000$29,167
Spill the Beans (AUS)211632$457,000$100,000$28,563
Bel Esprit (AUS)9720$191,000$55,000$27,286
Casino Prince (AUS)4301$74,500$42,500$24,833
Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)8512$119,000$36,000$23,800
Jabali (AUS)3300$60,000$20,000$20,000
Whittington (AUS)13742$131,000$30,000$18,714

Top Sires by Aggregate

Spirit of Boom (AUS)161042$723,000$220,000$72,300
Better Than Ready (AUS)181341$717,500$120,000$55,192
Spill the Beans (AUS)211632$457,000$100,000$28,563
Rich Enuff (AUS)7322$217,000$110,000$72,333
Bel Esprit (AUS)9720$191,000$55,000$27,286
Love Conquers All (AUS)13670$175,000$50,000$29,167
Whittington (AUS)13742$131,000$30,000$18,714
Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)8512$119,000$36,000$23,800
Wandjina (AUS)2200$115,000$82,500$57,500
Star Witness (AUS)4211$107,500$60,000$53,750

Top Vendors by Average

Kynoch Thoroughbreds Toowoomba Qld2101$120,000$120,000$120,000
DeeJay Bloodstock Maroon Qld1100$110,000$110,000$110,000
Glenlogan Park Innisplain Qld6100$110,000$110,000$110,000
KBL Thoroughbreds Beaudesert Qld 17421$357,500$220,000$89,375
Roona Lodge Warwick Qld4300$157,500$80,000$52,500
Tipuana Farms Boonah Qld4100$50,000$50,000$50,000
Jorson Farm South Burnett Qld3200$87,000$60,000$43,500
Lyndhurst Stud Farm Warwick Qld 381241$506,500$85,000$42,208
Lucas Bloodstock Croftby Qld 7400$167,500$100,000$41,875
Kenmore Lodge Wyreema Qld17710$288,000$82,500$41,143

Top Vendors by Aggregate

Eureka Stud Cambooya Qld 421663$641,500$110,000$40,094
Lyndhurst Stud Farm Warwick Qld 381241$506,500$85,000$42,208
KBL Thoroughbreds Beaudesert Qld 17421$357,500$220,000$89,375
Kenmore Lodge Wyreema Qld17710$288,000$82,500$41,143
Aquis Farm Operations Murrurundi NSW 16731$217,000$100,000$31,000
Raheen Stud Darling Downs Qld 29734$185,500$47,500$26,500
Lucas Bloodstock Croftby Qld 7400$167,500$100,000$41,875
Oakwood Farm Haigslea Qld 20644$158,000$50,000$26,333
Roona Lodge Warwick Qld4300$157,500$80,000$52,500
Gleeson Thoroughbred Connections Chinchilla Qld6410$129,000$80,000$32,250

Top Buyers

James Harron Bloodstock1$220,000$220,000$220,000
First Light/Paul Willetts/Anderson Heathcote Rcg2$164,000$120,000$82,000
Munce Racing4$252,500$110,000$63,125
Brenden Mackay/Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA)2$160,000$110,000$80,000
Anderson Heathcote Racing1$110,000$110,000$110,000
Gollan Racing/John Foote Bloodstock2$200,000$100,000$100,000
Proven Thoroughbreds/Steven O'Dea Racing4$217,000$85,000$54,250
Group 1 Pty Ltd9$276,000$82,500$30,667
Anderson Heathcote Rcg/Morley BS/David Giesemann1$82,500$82,500$82,500
Toby Edmonds & Aquis Farm1$80,000$80,000$80,000