Son follows father’s Footprints

Vinery champion More Than Ready (USA) and his Group 1 winning sire-son Sebring set the pace after the first 100 yearlings changed hands at the Magic Millions Sale on Wednesday.

They topped the leader-board with a pair of $600,000 yearlings on Day 1 at the Gold Coast

Sebring’s colt from Footprint (Lot 27) was sold by Musk Creek Farm to Hong Kong trainer Kwok Hing Hung Little.  His dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Marching (G2 AAMI Vase) and Gait (LR Debutant Stakes).

“We knew he was going to be popular half-way through prepping,” Musk Creek assistant-manager Jamee Ryder said.  “He’s been out parading since we got here and has been very professional the whole way through.

“He’s muscular with a broad chest and strong hind-quarters.  He just glides along and is a real athlete.”

Musk Creek sold his older half-brother by Pierro for $105,000 at last year’s Magic Millions.  Named Coutinho, he has impressed trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman while going through the system at Flemington.

Musk Creek owner David Kobritz pin-hooked Pierro as a foal and he also purchased Footprint for $110,000 at Darley reduction sale in 2013.

Not to be outdone by his son, More Than Ready weighed in with an eye-catching $600,000 filly from G3 Pimlico Miss Preakness Stakes winner Heart Ashley (Lot 80).  She was sold by Kia-Ora Stud to Vinery.

Her older half-sister Ameristralia completed a hat-trick earlier this season for Spendthrift Stud.  The Fastnet Rock mare was back in action with a promising first-up placing at Caulfield last Saturday.

More Than Ready produced another high-ticket item on Monday afternoon when his filly from G2 Roman Consul Stakes winner Jolie Bay was knocked down for $310,000.  She was purchased by Darby Racing who syndicated champion filly Yankee Rose for $10,000 two years ago.