Safeguard stars at Magic Millions Book 2

Mogumber Park sire Safeguard has dominated the leader-board during Book 2 of the Perth Magic Millions Sale in the Swan Valley.

Safeguard had 5 yearlings in the Top 6 when trade came to a close on Tuesday afternoon.

A Group 3 winning son of Exceed And Excel, he currently sits fourth on the Australian first-season premiership behind Brazen Beau, Better Than Ready and Rubick with over $405,000 in earnings.

His filly from Comme Ci (Verglas) was sold for $60,000 by Alan Bansemer of Namerik Thoroughbreds to Ascot trainer Paul Jordan.  Catalogued as Lot 190, the bay filly is a half-sister to promising 3yo Fred Dag (Patronize).

Jordan had paid top-price for a Safeguard during Book 1 on Monday with a $150,000 bid for the half-brother to G1 Railway Stakes winner Elite Belle.

Other trainers to sign off on a Safeguard were Simon Miller, Jim Taylor, Neville Parnham and Pearce Racing.

Mogumber Park owner Colin Brown announced last month Safeguard will stand permanently at his Bullsbrook stud as from this year.  He covered alternate books at Oakland Park prior to prominent owner Santo Guagliardo purchasing a half-share in the 8-year-old stallion.

“Safeguard has made a serious start to his stud career,” Brown said.  “His progeny are all correct and well-behaved.  He really does stamp them – strong hindquarter and good shoulder – and trainers love them because they love a routine.”

Over $2.31 million changed hands on 102 lots at an average of $22,519 on Tuesday.  Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch admitted the 72% clearance rate was disappointing but he believes the industry is in good shape going forward.

“We are delighted to have our new home here in the Swan Valley and we look forward to continuing to improve the quality of product that’s offered here in years to come.  The complex has been a hit with everyone and we will have a new auditorium for next year’s sale.

“Vendors are overwhelmingly positive about what we’ve done and I think it gives a lot of stability to the breeding and buying industry here in WA.”