A pair of strapping colts by two of Western Australia’s leading sires topped Book Two of the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale at Belmont today.

Sold just minutes apart, the sons of Blackfriars and Oratorio were sold to local buyers for $90,000 after attracting strong interest when offered by their respective vendors.

Lot 325, Scenic Lodge’s Blackfriars-Trish Glee sold was sold to Glen Kettlewell. While Lot 329, the Oratorio-Umashadow colt from Queenslea Park Thoroughbreds draft was knocked down to local trainer David Harrison.

The Blackfriars colt is the seventh living foal of a twice winning and Sydney placed Success Express mare which is a daughter of the Sydney Group winner Just Trish (Sovereign Red). The bay colt was presented at the sale by Muchea based Scenic Lodge – the farm that has been responsible for the majority of Blackfriars’ big race winners.

Lot 329 meanwhile, the Oratorio colt, was presented at the sale for Mungrup Stud Clients by Queenslea Park Thoroughbreds of West Pingelly. The bay or brown colt is the fifth living foal of the unraced Umatilla mare Umashadow – a half sister to Group One winning juvenile Pride of Rancho.

Lot 325The top priced filly of the day was Blackwatch Stud’s Trade Fair filly from Crecy, catalogued as Lot 388, who sold to John Chalmers Bloodstock for $72,500.

The chestnut filly, who is from a Warring Nations half sister to the dam of star sprinter Ellicorsam, attracted plenty of bids before Chalmers and local trainer Vern Brockman went toe to toe in an entertaining battle to purchase the youngster.

All up today over $2.86 million was traded on 123 lots sold at an increased average price of $23,293. The clearance rate rounded out at 75 per cent, on a par with the 2014 figures.

“It was a completely different feel today from start to finish, with good competitive bidding right from the outset with the local owners and trainers rallying on Day Two,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox noted.

David Harrison (left)“To have two horses top the market at $90,000 is a reflection of the competition today.”

“That said, there’s some work to be done with the Western Australian industry to ensure the industry as a whole remains relevant,” he added.

To view the complete sale results from Perth and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.

The Magic Millions focus now switches to South Australia with the 2015 Adelaide Yearling Sale to be conducted at Morphettville from March 9 to 11.

To view the online catalogue for the Adelaide Yearling Sale click here.

(2014 statistics in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 188 (213)
Lots Sold: 123 (148)
Lots Withdrawn: 23 (17)
Lots Passed: 42 (48)
Sale Gross: $2,865,000 ($3,138,000)
Average Price: $23,293 ($21,203)
Top Price: $90,000 ($75,000)
Sold %: 75 (76)


The Kettlewell family and Vaughn Sigley$90,000 – Blackfriars-Trish Glee colt (Lot 325)
Vendor: Scenic Lodge / Buyer: Glen Kettlewell (WA)

$90,000 – Oratorio-Umashadow colt (Lot 329)
Queenslea Park T’breds (As Agent for Mungrup Stud Clients) / David Harrison (WA)

$72,500 – Trade Fair-Crecy filly (Lot 388)
Blackwatch Stud / John Chalmers Bloodstock (WA)

$70,000 – Dick Turpin-Hot Business colt (Lot 227)
Mungrup Stud / John Chalmers Bloodstock (WA)

$60,000 – Hard Spun-Tarcoola Sunshine colt (Lot 318)
Gold Front Thoroughbreds / Morton Racing