Profitable SMB pinhooks in Adelaide

Following a successful Inglis Premier Sale, Sheamus Mills Bloodstock (FBAA) was back in business with two of the top-priced lots at the Adelaide Magic Millions this week.

Mills and his clients averaged $133,215 for their yearlings during Session 1 at Oaklands and they struck again with colts by Nicconi ($210,000) and Street Boss ($150,000) in Adelaide.

Nagambie-based Princess Park sold both colts who were pinhooked as foals by SMB last year. The Nicconi was knocked down for $60,000 at the Magic Millions National Foal Sale and the Street Boss increased in value from a $38,000 price-tag at the Inglis Great Southern Sale.

“We have always liked the Nicconi colt…he’s a lovely mover,” Princess Park’s Adam Palmer said. “Sheamus also helped us with the Street Boss colt. He was a big weanling, thrived at the farm and presented well.”

Fellow Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia member John Chalmers Bloodstock was under-bidder for both colts but had the final call for six others totalling $475,000. Top of the list was a $190,000 Zoustar – Amalienborg colt from Baramul Stud. His second-dam Palatious won a Perth Cup in 1994.

“He’s by Zoustar who is the flavour of the month and is from a family well known to us in Western Australia,” Chalmers said. “He’s a lovely colt and I thought he might even make a bit more than that.”

Top-price among the fillies was the Spirit of Boom half-sister to last year’s Victorian 2yo winner Congressional. From the winning Dehere mare Animated, she cost $100,000 from Eureka Stud in partnership with Cornerstone Stud.

“Spirit of Boom has certainly come from nowhere,” Chalmers added. “He’s throwing really good types…they’re athletes and have wonderful temperaments.”

Belmont Bloodstock bought three for WA trainer Simon Miller – an Artie Schiller colt ($31k) plus fillies by Bon Hoffa ($30k) and Good Journey ($22k).

Miller has experienced a month of highs and lows in Perth. He prepared Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic winner Valour Road (Frost Giant) but his brilliant juvenile winner Amelia’s La Bout (Hinchinbrook) has been sidelined indefinitely following a paddock accident.

Pinhook Bloodstock agent Dave Mee bought a Krupt filly for $110,000 and colts by So You Think, Hussonet and Unencumbered – that trio totalled $131,000.

The Krupt – Lil Cashy was offered by Rosden Park and will go into work with Ryan Balfour. She is a younger sister to the Balfour-trained Cashed who has won 7 sprints in Adelaide as well as being Group 2 placed in the 2015 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield.

Commercial Bloodstock’s Noel Carter paid $20,000 for a Eurozone – Bengal Angel colt from Holbrook Thoroughbreds. His dam is a half-sister to G2 Karrakatta Plate runner-up Trichologist.

Carter spent the same amount buying Trichologist from Holbrook on behalf of trainer Steve Wolfe at the 2012 Inglis Classic Sale. Wolfe and Carter had a bank for Adelaide after their Myboycharlie gelding My Greek Boy won a $70,000 Benchmark Mile at Ascot on Saturday.

Magic Millions reported Book 1 turnover in Adelaide was $11,117,000 – the highest gross since 2007. The average increased 7.5% to $44,115 and the clearance rate rose two points to 84%.

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