A colt by Dundeel out of champion Miss Finland topped the first day of trade at the Magic Millions yearling sale at the Gold Coast when selling for $900,000.
The Dundeel colt out of Miss Finland topped the opening day of the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale. Photo: Steve Hart
Bloodstock agent Craig Rounsefell got the better of Winx part-owner Peter Tighe for the Arrowfield Stud-consigned colt and indicated Bjorn Baker is in pole position to train the bay, a half-brother to Group I Thousand Guineas winner Stay With Me.
“He was our top pick in the sale on type, we couldn’t find a fault with him physically and the stallion we love. The mare was a champion and has already thrown a Group I winner,” Rounsefell said.
“Fortunately I had the clients around me to buy him and we went after him strong. You just keep feeding them alcohol and amazing things happen!
“We won’t push him but will go after him (as a) late two-year-old. We’re just very excited to have secured him.
“We’ve got some horses with Bjorn Baker so he’s probably first in line to get the horse.”
Racenet brought you the latest news as it happened throughout the day.
Lot 1 – Pierro – Faith Hill filly, sold for $140,000 to Dynamic Syndications and Gai Waterhouse.
Lot 5 – The first Zoustar through the ring is sold privately to Ellerton Zahra Racing for $110.000
Lot 9 – Widden Stud-consigned Zoustar – Fast Talker filly sells for $360,000.
Lot 16 – Mick Price buys his first lot, a filly by Snitzel, for $260,000.
Lot 17 – Hawkes Racing pays $460,000 for an All Too Hard colt.
Lot 27 – Agent Justin Bahen pays $600,000 for a Sebring colt on behalf of a Hong Kong owner. “We probably went a bit over budget but that’s what you have to do for the good one.”
Lot 31 – Bahen goes to $420,000 for a Snitzel filly from Edinburgh Park Stud.
Lot 36 – The first yearling through the ring by Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente sells to his trainer Gai Waterhouse for $100,000.
Lot 38 – A filly by I Am Invincible sells for $500,000 to Stonestreet / Aquis / Peter Leidel & Blue Sky Bloodstock.
Lot 42 – Pierro colt out of dual Group I winner Gallica sells to Alan Bell for $450,000.
Lot 46 – Exceed And Excel half-brother to Group I winner Bel Sprinter sells for $450,000 to Mulcaster Bloodstock & Harras Syndicate
Lot 50 – Exceed And Excel filly out of Listed winner Girl Hussler sells for $500,000 to Gerald Ryan.
Lot 55 – Not A Single Doubt colt out of American mare Golden Edict sells for $525,000 to China Horse Club.
Lot 61 – Fastnet Rock filly goes to Mulcaster Bloodstock / Waller Racing for $400,000.
Lot 79 – Snitzel colt out of Gr I winner Hasna sells to James Harron for $400,000.
Lot 80 – More Than Ready filly out of the North American Group III winner Heart Ashley sells for $600,000 to Vinery and partners. “We thought she was the best filly in the sale and she is by the most underrated sire in the country. We’ll take her home, break her in and think about a trainer then.” said Peter Orton.
Lot 104 – Savabeel half-brother to Flemington Listed winner Hursley sells for $440,000 to Gai Waterhouse and Blue Sky Bloodstock.
Lot 106 – $500,000 for Not A Single Doubt colt out of Imoto, a half-sister to Group I winner Yosei.
Lot 117 – I Am Invincible filly out of Group III winner Is Amazing sells to George Moore Bloodstock for $575,000. “Dad wanted to race a filly here. We thought she was a lovely type and the stallion is doing well. We might ask John Hawkes to train her.”
Lot 132 – Caulfield trainer Clinton McDonald pays $400,000 for a filly by Zoustar.
Lot 133 – The second foal of Group III winner Karuta Queen, a filly by Sebring, sells for $500,000 to the China Horse Club.
Lot 141 – The Smart Missile half-sister to Golden Slipper Stakes winner Capitalist sells for $300,000.
Lot 150 – Tony McEvoy goes to $440,000 for a colt by Written Tycoon, the first foal of winning Redoute’s Choice mare Lady Bligh.
Lot 153 – Gai Waterhouse signs at $500,000 for a Medaglia d’Oro colt out of Flemington Group II winner Lady Lynette.
Lot 165 – Warwick Farm-based trainer Gary Nickson will train the filly by champion North American sire Tapit out of the Canadian Listed winner Leinan that sells for $700,000 to 94 year-old cattle breeder Rick Pisaturo. “He wasn’t going to stop, she was the one horse in the sale he wanted.” Nickson said.
Lot 203 – Ciaron Maher buys again, this time a $400,000 colt by Zoustar and a half-brother to this season’s Breeders’ Plate winner Khan.
Lot 232 – TOP PRICE Agent Craig Rounsefell signes for the first-crop Dundeel colt out of champion Miss Finland for $900,000.
Exceed And Excel ($390,000, 4 sold) leads Not A Single Doubt ($311,500, 10 sold), Dundeel ($291,667, 6 sold), I Am Invincible ($266,500, 10 sold), Snitzel ($262,000, 10 sold) and Fastnet Rock ($258,000, 5 sold) by stallion averages with three or more lots sold on the opening day.
The 187 lots sold grossed $35,907,000 at an average of $192,016 and a clearance rate of 85%. The median was $150,000.