A cracking filly by leading sire Lonhro topped Day 1 of the Perth Magic Millions Sale at Belmont on Tuesday.
Consigned by Dawson Stud, the filly attracted bids from a number of parties before being purchased by John Chalmers Bloodstock for $260,000. A half sister to four stakes performers including G1 Railway Stakes winner Covertly, she will join the stables of Wally Mitchell.
“She’s the stand out filly of the sale,” Chalmers said. “She is the most correct Lonhro I’ve seen and she is a really lovely individual.
“I’ve researched a lot of the pedigree to see where the mares in the family are headed at stud and there is a lot of upside. Considering the prices for quality fillies at other sales around Australasia I think she is great value as well,” Chalmers added.
The Lonhro filly was one of 18 yearlings to sell for $100,000 or more during the day.
Two colts both sold for $190,000 – one of them, a Testa Rossa colt from Tantra Dancer, was the first lot offered. Also offered by Dawson Stud, the Testa Rossa colt will head to the Jim Taylor stable after being purchased by Damien Wyer.
“For mine he is the best horse to have come off Dawson Stud since Famous Roman,” Wyer said. “His conformation is perfect, his x-rays were perfect and Jim wanted us to buy him.”
Last year Wyer purchased the sale topper Petrol Power. On the weekend he ran third in the Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic.
The other $190,000 seller was the Choisir colt from Flight Path, purchased by Craig Thompson’s Mt Hallowell Stud. The colt, offered by Anita Vale Stud, is the first live foal of the stakes performed, Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy winner Flight Path. He will join the stables of Trevor Andrews.
All up over $7.54 million was traded on 131 lots sold for an average price of $57,592. “The clearance rate rounded out to 76% which was very good considering there were some very soft patches during the day,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.
“The market felt very similar to last year. Once we take everything into account with sales to come, I think we will see the WA industry will be in good health.”
DAY 1 LEADER-BOARD
$260,000 – Lonhro-Most Secret filly
Vendor: Dawson Stud / Buyer: John Chalmers Bloodstock (WA)
$190,000 – Testa Rossa-Tantra Dancer colt
Dawson Stud / Damien Wyer Racing and Bloodstock (WA)
$190,000 – Choisir-Flight Path colt
Anita Vale Stud / Mt Hallowell Stud (WA)
$150,000 – Flying Spur-Imaginaire colt
Cape Falls Thoroughbreds / Neville Parnham (WA)
$150,000 – Rock of Gibraltar-Born Priceless colt
Yarradale Stud / Dion Luciani (WA)
$140,000 – Exceed and Excel-Galena Manor colt
Yarradale Stud / Darryn Pateman (WA)
$140,000 – Medaglia d’Oro-Kalatiara filly
Dawson Stud (As Agent) / John Chalmers Bloodstock (WA)
$140,000 – Snitzel-Olivia de Belle colt
Alwyn Park Stud (As Agent) / Daniel Pearce (WA)