The absence of Asian buyers will be addressed when Magic Millions and Thoroughbred Breeders’ WA review last week’s Perth Yearling Sale.
Owners and trainers from Singapore and Malaysia have been the backbone of Perth’s off-shore market for many years but they only bought 8 lots during the two-day sale. “It was disappointing that they didn’t turn up,” Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said. “Maybe that’s a sign of their thoughts of the sale changing, I’m not sure.”
The 2013 Perth Magic Millions format of two sessions over two days was an otherwise successful arrangement. “In terms of the operation of the sale, it worked, having trainers and buyers here for just the two days,” Cox told the WAN journalist Jay Rooney. “The locals did a great job of making up for their absence and so did the interstate buyers.”
The $260,000 Lonhro – Most Secret filly that topped the Magic Millions was purchased by bloodstock agent John Chalmers on behalf of Santoso Wirya.
The filly has joined the rest of the Indonesian businessman’s team with Ascot trainer Wally Mitchell. All Wirya’s horses include “Mak” in their names.