Testa Rossa on top at National Sale

Vinery Stud champion Testa Rossa was back on centre stage when he topped averages on Day 1 of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale that finished on Friday.

Testa Rossa had three lots average $430,000 with Ellicazoom leading the trio at $800,000.  She was sold to Phoenix Thoroughbreds and her new owners will make a decision shortly whether to keep her in training for the Tattersall’s Tiara Gr.1 at Eagle Farm on June 22.

“She was bought as a broodmare but no stallion has been determined as yet,” agent Dermot Farrington said.  “She could race again.  We might give it a whirl.  She vetted clean and is going well.”

Ellicazoom was originally purchased as a yearling by Perth trainer Neville Parnham for $180,000 at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  He was acting for owner Santo Guagliardo and she won a Burgess Queen Stakes LR at Ascot before transferring to Lindsay Park from where she won last year’s Cockram Stakes Gr.3 at Caulfield

Filling out Testa Rossa’s triumphant opening session were Test the World ($270,000) and Mica Lil ($220,000)

Test the World (NZ) won four on the bounce as a 3yo filly in Sydney for Ontrack Thoroughbreds and was last seen finishing second in the Bright Shadow Quality LR at Eagle Farm on May 18.  Purchased by agent Arthur Hoyeau, she is from a half-sister to the dam of Mossman stakes winner The Travelling Man (Blue Diamond Preview LR).

Like Ellicazoom, 5yo mare Mica Lil started her career in Perth with trainer David Harrison before travelling east to win at Morphettville and finish third in the Robert Sangster Stakes Gr.1.  She’s from a sister to NZ Captain Cook Stakes Gr.1 winner Penny Gem.

More Than Ready 6yo mare Just One Moment made $420,000 to the bid of Blue Gum Farm on Day 2.  She is a winning half-sister to One Last Dance who claimed the Blue Diamond Prelude Gr.3 and Blue Diamond Preview LR double at Caulfield in 2011.  Just One Moment was sold in foal to Merchant Navy and her yearling by Medaglia D’Oro has already been named Aspetta.

Mossman mare Pink Perfection was knocked down to Yu Long Investments for $200,000 on Day 3.  She won four races in Sydney and Melbourne and was sold in foal to Russian Revolution, a Vinery graduate of the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale who won at Group 1 level in The Galaxy and Oakleigh Plate.

The Magic Millions National Yearling Sale commences on Wednesday with a dwindling supply of lots by the old guard but Vinery’s young guns Press Statement (12) and Headwater (4) are well-supplied with first-crop colts and fillies at the Gold Coast.

Press Statement has a half-brother to Todman Stakes Gr.2 winner Yes Yes Yes (Lot 2287) from Attunga Stud and a half-brother to Poseidon Stakes LR winner One For One (Lot 2308) on account of Vinery Stud (as agent).

Headwater’s filly out of Happy Laughing (Lot 2119) received another Group 1 update last month.  She’s from a half-sister to the dam of Doomben Cup winner Kenedna.

All Too Hard heads the 2019 Vinery roster at a service fee of $27,500.  He stands alongside Star Turn ($22,000), Headwater ($16,500), Press Statement ($16,500), Pluck ($6,600) & Casino Prince ($6,600).  All fees (inc. GST).