FBBA tops $20 million at Magic Millions

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia accounted for 20% of turnover when the last of 794 lots changed hands at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on Friday.

A total of 145 lots sold for $20.95 million carrying the (FBAA) tag and that dwarfed last year’s spend of $8.65 million.  Members in action at the Gold Coast included;


Belmont Bloodstock / 27 lots – $4.23 million
Damon Gabbedy paid $470,000 to secure Miss Hufflepuff (pictured) for Tyreel Stud owner Linda Monds.  Her first foal is a weanling filly by Pierro and she’s carrying a positive to Exceed And Excel.

Blue Sky Bloodstock / 47 lots – $7.60 million
Julian Blaxland bought a wide range of breeding stock for Aquis Farm from $820,000 for Tremor (Commands) down to $18,000 for Crafty Joy (Starcraft).

Boomer Bloodstock / 11 lots – $1.93 million
Craig Rounsefell parted with $325,000 for G1 Flight Stakes placegetter Thinking Of You (Thorn Park).  The NZ-bred mare is in foal to Vinery sire Press Statement.

Freyer Bloodstock / 14 lots – $2.33 million
Jon Freyer bought into John Singleton’s ‘Joy’ family when bidding $520,000 for Daisy’s Joy (Street Cry).  First dam Tuesday Joy, her half-sister Sunday Joy and the latter’s daughter More Joyous won a combined 13 Group 1 events.

Hancock Quality Bloodstock / 6 lots – $850,000
Canterbury winner The Special Two (War Pass) topped a half-dozen buys for Adrian Hancock.  She’s a half-sister to G2 Yallambee Classic winner Champagne Harmony and was covered by Smart Missile first-up last year

Pinhook Bloodstock / 7 lots – $557,000
Dave Mee bought five mares for Fairhill Farm owners Mike and Debbie O’Donnell.  Flying Spur mare Satirical Lady heads to their Mulbring property after a maiden cover to So You Think last September.  She was knocked down for $180,000 and the foal will be a three-quarter to Smart as You Think who was last seen finishing third in the G3 South Australian Fillies Classic.

Sheamus Mills Bloodstock / 7 lots – $420,000
True Connection (Bernardini) topped SMB buys at $90,000 as reported by Magic Millions.  Mills also bid on behalf of YuLong Investments principal Zhang Yuesheng who purchased his 10 lots under Riyue Trading P/L.

Zhang topped the overall sale with $1.75 million for G2 Tranquil Star Stakes winner Gregers (Commands) in foal to Written Tycoon.  He also filled a Top 5 spot on the leader-board with $1.15 million for G1 Zabeel Classic winner Soriano (Savabeel) in foal to Tavistock.

“Mr Zhang is keen to acquire elite fillies and mares to race and breed in Australia,” Mills said.  “He’s also focused on supplying horses for his Shanxi racing and breeding operation in China.  He really wants to make China a legitimate racing nation.”

FBAA member Peter Ford was also involved in big-ticket sales without being credited on official lists.  His Seymour-based client Nick Wakim bought 7 mares under Hilldene Farm topped by Sweet Sister (Snitzel) who made $550,000 in foal to I Am Invincible.

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) was formed in 1988 to maintain, improve and develop the standards, status and services of bloodstock agents throughout Australia.  Its members operate with the utmost integrity and professionalism and are bound by the strict Industry Code of Conduct.