Boom sire New Approach topped the Perth Magic Millions Winter yearling sale on Sunday with an $80,000 colt offered by Oakland Park Stud.
The sale topper is a half-brother to six winners by Woodlands / Darley sires including the stakes performed Dismissal (Strategic) and Macau based Lucky Bo Bo (Quest for Fame).
Oakland Park owner Neville Duncan bought their dam Leg Bye (Dr Grace) when she was a rising 18 year-old at the 2011 Magic Millions National Sale. She was carrying the New Approach colt and cost just $21,000.
After a ground-breaking start to his stud career, Darley has upped New Approach’s Australian fee to $55,000 this year.
Duncan gave Leg Bye a year off in 2011 before she was covered by his new Redoute’s Choice sire Rogano last year.
Bunbury trainer Bruce Watkins bought the New Approach colt a day after saddling up stakes winning sprinter Kerrific for a game second in the G3 Hyperion Stakes at Belmont Park. It was his only buy among the 84 lots that changed hands.
Trade reached $649,591 at the Belmont Park sales complex at an average of $7,733. The clearance rate was 74%.
Mungrup Stud resident Danehill Express topped the locally based sires on the leader-board with a $46,000 colt from Umashadow. A powerfully built youngster, he was the stand-out among the large draft that Mungrup sent up from its Great Southern base at Narrikup.
Top price for a filly was $22,000 paid by Dan and Julia Love for a Bletchley Park three-quarter sister to Malaysian stakes winner Triple Happy.