MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale - Day 2 Review

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Local buyers ensured a competitive finish to the 2019 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale, and while overall numbers were down on last year's exceptional sale, average, median and gross exceeded the levels reached in 2017.

At A Glance

>> Overall sale average reached $33,716, short of last year's mark of $44,842 but well up on 2017 when it was $28,439

>> The median lifted from Day 1 to reach $25,000, just below last year

>> Overall aggregate sales reached $9.85m, $1.2m more than 2017, but short of the $13.9m from 12 months ago

>> Queensland buyers bought the top five lots on the second day and 73 per cent of all purchases across the sale

>> The clearance rate reached 80.4%, down from last year's mark of 84% at the conclusion of the second day

>> The progeny of boom Queensland sires Better Than Ready and Spirit of Boom made up 22% of the horses sold but 35% of the overall aggregate

Edmonds gets Better again

Edmonds Racing and Blue Sky Bloodstock secured the top filly of the sale, going to $170,000 for Lot 338, the highest-price ever for a yearling by the leading first-season sire Better Than Ready.

Offered by Yarramalong Park, she is a half-sister to six winners and a full sister to recent 2-year-old winner Lepreezey out of Licenced To Chill (Choisir), who is the daughter of Listed winner The Big Chill (O'Reilly {NZ}). That is the family of juvenile stakes-winner Icy Calm (Western Symphony) and Group 2 winner (I Am) Coldplay (Savabeel).

"She's outstanding - a very sharp filly," Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland said. "I fell in love with her when I came on Friday and went through the catalogue."

"We've had an affinity with Better Than Ready buying him here as a yearling a few years ago and we've been following his progeny."

"I fell in love with her when I came on Friday and went through the catalogue." - Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland

"He is doing a great job, but she could have been by any station stallion and I would have loved her. She's a beautiful physical and looks a very immediate two-year-old type."

"Toby Edmonds who we bought her with thought the same and we're delighted to get her for $170,000. A good physical is popular at any sale you go to so we thought we would have to pay $150,000."

"We missed the Spirit of Boom colt yesterday that James Harron bought (for $220,000)," Blaxland added. "He was a beautiful colt - I thought he was the best colt and this was the best filly."

Lot 338 Better Than Ready x Licenced To Chill

Toby Edmonds has already had success with the first crop of Better Than Ready, with Betaima having won twice already.

Shortly after, another local trainer, Helen Page, also paid $170,000 for Lot 346, by Aquis' first-season sire Spill The Beans out of Love's Great (Chosir). The colt was offered by Tullyard on behalf of his breeder Robyn Wise and is a half-brother to stakes-placed Old Trieste (Hinchinbrook) as well as multiple city winner Fortensky (Love Conquers All).

Love's Great herself was stakes-placed as a 2-year-old and is a half-sister to the dam of Kobayashi (I Am Invincible) while the second-dam, Explosive Love (Rubiton) is a sister to the dual international Group 2 winner Monopolize (Rubiton).

"He's a magnificent colt," Page said. "Big and strong and a really athletic colt."

"Spill the Beans is an up and coming young sire, quite exciting and he might be the next young top stallion for Queensland.' - Trainer Helen Page

"I was impressed with his x-rays and the vet was glowing on the colt and that gave me great confidence to buy him."

"He's very much like his half sister Reindeer Moon who I train and we've had a lovely association with. She's just needed a bit of time."

"Spill the Beans is an up and coming young sire, quite exciting and he might be the next young top stallion for Queensland," Page added.

Tony Sears and Alexandra Fleming paid $130,000 for a colt by Better Than Ready, Lot 335 offered by the stallion's home at Lyndhurst Stud.

The colt is out of Laura Magne (King Charlemagne), the sister to Group 3 winner Corton Charlemagne and half-sister to Group 2 winner Laura's Charm (Encosta De Lago).

Another Gold Coast trainer, Scott Morrisey, made sure he got in on the Better Than Readys, paying $120,000 for Lot 293 out of Hearts'n'diamonds (Show A Heart) from Tipuana Farms.

Rich Enuff, who stood his first season in Queensland before moving to Woodside, continued to be popular with two lots going for six figures. Mishani Enterprises paid $120,000 for Lot 317, offered by KBL Thoroughbreds, while Jadeskye Racing and Bryan Guy paid $100,000 for Lot 255, a filly offered by Daandine Stud.

As they did on the first day, First Light Racing combined with new training partnership Chris Anderson and Robert Heathcote, this time to buy a Spirit of Boom colt, Lot 201, offered by Karalee Park, for $100,000.

That was the same price LB Racing paid for a Real Impact (Jpn) filly, Lot 209 from Jorson Farm, and Mishani Enterprises went to for a daughter of Deep Field from Kenmore Lodge, Lot 291.

That took the total of six-figure lots to 16 for the sale, well short of the 31 in that category last year, but a huge jump on the seven from 2017.

Big boys dominate

Better Than Ready had five in that $100,000 category, and with 45 sold, clearly led the sires' aggregate standings with $2.28m at an average of $50,667, or over five times what he stood for in his second season at Lyndhurst Stud.

Better Than Ready

In comparison, there were 20 Spirit of Booms sold for an aggregate of $1.21m. The average of $60,550 was the third highest, with Newgate's freshman Super One topping that category at $76.677 for those with three sales or more.

The 25 first crop yearlings that Aquis Farm's Spill The Beans sold totalled $885,000 and averaged $35,400.

Unsurprisingly Lyndhurst Stud was the leading vendor on aggregate with $1.35m across 33 sales at a clearance rate of 91.7%, while Glenlogan Park had the highest average at $64,300 across five sales.

Mishani Enterprises led all buyers in terms of spending, buying seven across the two days for $416,000, while Group 1 Pty Ltd led the way in terms of overall volume, picking up nine yearlings.

"Today's sale like many other sales this year showed that quality lots were keenly sought after," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

"Having some 16 yearlings sell for $100,000 or more is a pleasing result for the sale."

"Last year's sale was unprecedented and this year's auction will go down as the second best Gold Coast March Yearling Sale of all time - which is great for buyers in particular considering the prizemoney that these horses can race for every week here in Queensland."

International buyers snap up Godolphin offerings

The conclusion of the Yearling Sale paved the way for the Autumn Racehorse Sale for older horses with the top price of $150,000 paid by Singapore's Box Eight Racing for the former Godolphin stakes-placed sprinter Marsupial (Street Cry {Ire}).

Marsupial is a four-time winner out of the Listed winner Koala Bear (Exceed and Excel) from the family of Group 1 winners Xtravagent (NZ) (Pentire {GB}) and He's Remarkable (Pentire {GB}).

Unsurprisingly. Godolphin's 17-strong contingent dominated the sale, with the top six priced lots, and all of them going overseas.

Hong Kong's Apollo Ng secured the 3-year-old Sergeant (Helmet), the half-brother to a trio of stakes-winners Bello, Emblems and Trenchant, and a winner of two starts, for $82,500, while Singapore-based Ricardo Le Grange picked up Leatherhead (Helmet) and Pindus (Exceed And Excel) for $62,000 and $57,000 respectively.


Top Lots

144Spirit of Boom (AUS)Weekend Surprise (AUS)CSold220,000James Harron BloodstockNSWKBL Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, Qld
338Better Than Ready (AUS)Licenced to Chill (AUS)FSold170,000Edmonds Racing/Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA)QLDYarramalong Park, Kalbar, Qld
346Spill the Beans (AUS)Loves Great (AUS)CSold170,000Helen PageQLDTullyard, Boodua, Qld
335Better Than Ready (AUS)Laura Magne (AUS)CSold130,000Alexandra Fleming/Tony Sears RacingQLDLyndhurst Stud Farm, Warwick, Qld
293Better Than Ready (AUS)Heartsndiamonds (AUS)FSold120,000Scott MorriseyQLDTipuana Farms, Boonah, Qld
317Rich Enuff (AUS)Kalseru (AUS)FSold120,000Mishani Enterprises Pty LtdQLDKBL Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, Qld
78Better Than Ready (AUS)Shine Bridge (ARG)CSold120,000First Light/Paul Willetts/Anderson Heathcote�VICKynoch Thoroughbreds, Toowoomba, Qld
24Rich Enuff (AUS)Personal Guarantee (AUS)FSold110,000Anderson Heathcote RacingQLDGlenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld
56Better Than Ready (AUS)Rosaria (AUS)CSold110,000Brenden Mackay/Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA)NSWDeeJay Bloodstock, Maroon, Qld
83Spirit of Boom (AUS)Silva Nova (AUS)FSold110,000Munce RacingQLDEureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld
37Spill the Beans (AUS)Precious Darl (AUS)FSold100,000Gollan Racing/John Foote BloodstockQLDLucas Bloodstock, Croftby, Qld

Top vendors by aggregate

Lyndhurst Stud Farm, Warwick, Qld342294.4440,2501,368,500
Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld303976.9235,9501,078,500
KBL Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, Qld12147560,292723,500
Kenmore Lodge, Wyreema, Qld150288.2445,933689,000
Yarramalong Park, Kalbar, Qld110191.6751,818570,000
Oakwood Farm, Haigslea, Qld134381.2529,654385,500
Raheen Stud, Darling Downs, Qld18477221,000378,000
Aquis Farm Operations, Murrurundi, NSW111473.3332,000352,000
Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld50183.3364,300321,500
Tullyard, Boodua, Qld70010042,429297,000

Top vendors by average (3 or more sold)

Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld50183.3364,300321,500
Jorson Farm, South Burnett, Qld30010062,333187,000
KBL Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, Qld12147560,292723,500
Tipuana Farms, Boonah, Qld40010060,250241,000
Yarramalong Park, Kalbar, Qld110191.6751,818570,000
Roona Lodge, Warwick, Qld40010046,375185,500
Daandine Stud, Goomburra, Qld40010046,250185,000
Kenmore Lodge, Wyreema, Qld150288.2445,933689,000
Tullyard, Boodua, Qld70010042,429297,000
Lyndhurst Stud Farm, Warwick, Qld342294.4440,2501,368,500

Top buyers

Mishani Enterprises Pty Ltd759,429416,000
Munce Racing658,333350,000
Group 1 Pty Ltd930,667276,000
First Light/Paul Willetts/Anderson Heathcote Rcg388,000264,000
Proven Thoroughbreds/Steven O'Dea Racing548,400242,000
Kendrick Racing548,000240,000
James Harron Bloodstock1220,000220,000
Anderson Heathcote Racing371,667215,000
LB Racing450,000200,000
Helen Page1170,000170,000

Top sires by aggregate

Better Than Ready (AUS)451318,000170,00093.7550,6672,280,000
Spirit of Boom (AUS)203715,000220,00074.0760,5501,211,000
Spill the Beans (AUS)26275,000170,00078.7934,231890,000
Rich Enuff (AUS)122115,000120,00092.3163,250759,000
Whittington (AUS)16225,00052,00088.8919,250308,000
Love Conquers All (AUS)110810,00060,00057.8927,273300,000
Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)10215,00037,00090.9124,350243,500
Super One (AUS)30260,00090,0006076,667230,000
Bel Esprit (AUS)9047,00055,00069.2324,667222,000
Nicconi (AUS)51224,00070,00071.4343,000215,000

Top sires by average (3 or more sold)

Super One (AUS)30260,00090,0006076,667230,000
Rich Enuff (AUS)122115,000120,00092.3163,250759,000
Spirit of Boom (AUS)203715,000220,00074.0760,5501,211,000
Wandjina (AUS)30032,50082,50010055,000165,000
Better Than Ready (AUS)451318,000170,00093.7550,6672,280,000
Smart Missile (AUS)40027,00075,00010041,000164,000
Star Witness (AUS)31115,00060,0007540,833122,500
Nicconi (AUS)61124,00070,00085.7140,833245,000
Spill the Beans (AUS)26275,000170,00078.7934,231890,000
Top Echelon (AUS)31125,00040,0007534,167102,500