Colts by Turffontein and Northern Meteor shared the honours at $170,000 as prices soared on Day 2 of the Magic Millions QTIS Sale on the Gold Coast.
Overall, turnover spiralled 57% on last year’s auction and the average climbed 36%. The clearance rate was a record for the March Yearling Sale – up 12 points – to 81%.
Top Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida secured his top pick of the sale, the Turffontein half brother to his talented stable runners Cape Kidnappers and Tiger Dimejan, early on Tuesday afternoon. “He’s a very nice horse and I’m delighted to be able to purchase him,” Schweida said. “I’ve had some good luck with the family and Cape Kidnappers is probably my favourite horse in the stable.
“I was delighted to be able to secure a colt by Turffontein – I tried to buy Fontiton – so let’s hope this colt can do the job.”
The Northern Meteor – Rose Island colt from the draft of Wattle Brae Stud sold late in the evening for $170,000 to leading trainer Barry Baldwin. He is the third foal of a lightly raced Fusaichi Pegasus half sister to Group performer Bound to Blush.
“He’s a nice, neat colt who looks the ideal horse for next year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic,” Baldwin said. “I saw him at Wattle Brae Stud and he’s really developed into a lovely individual. I train his half brother Great Inaque and he’s already won four races.”
Over $8.68 million was traded on 297 lots at an average price of $29,227. “It’s been a staggering sale from start to finish,” Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said. “The success of the sale can be wholly attributed to the prizemoney increases in Queensland racing. Since Kevin Dixon and his team have taken over Racing Queensland there has been a seismic shift in the attitude of all participants.
“The beneficiaries in this case have been the breeders, however, the purchasers will be handsomely rewarded with prizemoney in the years to come. The results should give the breeders some purpose and direction to invest in the future.”
DAY 2 LEADER-BOARD
$170,000 – Turffontein-Kidnapper colt
Vendor: Glenlogan Park / Buyer: Kelly Schweida
$170,000 – Northern Meteor-Rose Island colt
Wattle Brae Stud / Barry Baldwin
$120,000 – Sequalo-Linyanti colt
Lyndhurst Stud Farm / David Mee
$120,000 – Savabeel-Monaliesha colt
Oakwood Farm / Magic Millions as agent
$90,000 – Written Tycoon-Nemcova colt
Banchory Thoroughbreds / Norm Stephens
TURFFONTEIN – KIDNAPPER COLT