Day 3 Gold Coast Magic Millions – O’Shea targets Redoute’s Choice

A Redoute’s Choice colt from Group 1 winner Apercu topped Friday’s session of the Gold Coast Magic Millions at $800,000.

Consigned by Newgate Farm, the colt was purchased by Sydney trainer John O’Shea.  “He’s the best Redoute’s Choice yearling I have seen in a long time,” O’Shea said.  “The best since Fast ‘n’ Famous.”

Agent James Harron, bidding on behalf of Edmund Bateman, secured the Lonhro – Cirque du Soleil filly which was second on the leader-board at $675,000.  The well-bred youngster is from a sister to Fastnet Rock.  “She is a magnificent filly and very, very athletic,” Harron said.  “She has a fantastic pedigree to go with it.”

“We rated her as the best filly of the sale.  I loved her and to have the pedigree to go with her looks is a bonus.”

Another highlight was the $575,000 Redoute’s Choice – Daralara colt from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.  “He is as nice a Redoute’s Choice colt as I’ve seen,” buyer James Bester said.  “He has a wonderful action and extends beautifully in front.”

Bester said David Hayes would train the colt.  “He has the class to be a Guineas and Derby horse from a great Aga Khan family.”

After Day 3, the sale turnover grew to $55,782,500 which is up almost $4 million on the first three sessions last year.  The average price sits at $133,771 and the clearance rate has improved to 81%.


$800,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Apercu colt
Vendor: Newgate Farm (As Agent) / Buyer: John O’Shea Racing (NSW)

$675,000 – Lonhro-Cirque du Soleil filly
Evergreen Stud Farm (As Agent) / James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)

$575,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Daralara colt
Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / James Bester Bloodstock (NSW)

$575,000 – Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet colt
Newgate Farm (As Agent) / Spicer Thoroughbreds (Vic)

$400,000 – Fastnet Rock-Elite Circle colt
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK)