Day 5 Magic Millions National Sale – Spring carnival beckons Strawberry Field

Strawberry Field became the second seven-figure mare at the Magic Millions National Sale at the Gold Coast on Monday.  She was sold to Sydney based trainer Gerald Ryan for $1 million.

Strawberry Field (4m Encosta De Lago – Red Labelle by Blevic) was last seen finishing a close third in the G2 Emancipation Stakes at Randwick on April 24.  She claimed a black-type first when a half-length winner over Ortensia in the Listed Herald Sun Stakes at Flemington last November.

Ryan outbid Patinack Farm to buy Strawberry Field.  “She’s a really nice mare,”  Ryan said.  “She has a lot of upside.  You will see her racing at Caulfield and Flemington later on in the year.”

The Encosta De Lago mare was the second lot to make a million following the sale yesterday of Cheeky Choice to Baramul Stud for $1.025 million.

Magic Millions Managing Director David Chester said Monday was tougher than the opening session.  “Overall the figures are still quite acceptable and things are going along pretty well.  In saying that, I think buyers are getting great value and there’s more of the same to come.”

After Day 2 of the Broodmare Sale, 326 lots have changed hands at an average of $54,697 – just shy of last year’s figure at the corresponding stage of the sale.  The clearance rate remains at 80%.

The opportunity to tap into Golden Slipper winning sires Sebring and Stratum came at a premium.  Shares in the Widden residents were valued at $285,000 and $330,000 respectively.


$1,000,000 – Strawberry Field – Gerald Ryan (NSW)
$400,000 – Silently – Sedgewyn Syndicate (NSW)
$330,000 – Mini Tales – Michael Wallace Bloodstock (NZ)
$300,000 – Fuji Fantasy – Patinack Farm (NSW)