A quality filly by champion sire Fastnet Rock topped Day 3 of the Gold Coast Magic Millions after breaking the magical seven-figure barrier for $1.05 million on Friday.
Offered by Newgate Farm from Group 1 winner Response, she was knocked down to Michael Wallace on behalf of the China Horse Club. The under-bidder was Kentucky’s Spendthrift Farm.
Wallace had paid $850,000 for the Sepoy – Celebrity Girl filly on Wednesday.
“She’s got a good depth of pedigree and is a lovely type,” Wallace said. “She’s got a great head on her, easy movement – she has a lot of quality.”
The success of the first season sires continued on Friday when a smashing colt by Smart Missile from Negotiate sold for $700,000 from the Arrowfield Stud draft to Hawkes Racing.
“He just looked a real athlete,” co-trainer John Hawkes said. “Smart Missile was a very good horse – if he had have won the Golden Slipper you would probably be paying more for him. The colt was our pick of the sale.”
Trainer Tony McEvoy has eyes on next year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic after going to $575,000 to secure Strawberry Hill Stud’s Sepoy – Miss Mooney Mooney colt earlier in the afternoon. “I want a runner in the race next year,” McEvoy noted. “I thought this was the horse. I loved his temperament and loved his rhythm and athleticism.”
Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox was pleased to see the strong international presence lead to a seven-figure sale. “The China Horse Club out-bidding Spendthrift Farm proves the weaker Australian dollar has had a massive impact on the upper level of the sale.”
“We’re sitting on a gross of just over $75 million – the gross after Day 3 is virtually the same as last year will a full session to come on Saturday.”
DAY 3 TOP SELLERS
$1,050,000 – Fastnet Rock-Response filly
Vendor: Newgate Farm / Buyer: China Horse Club
$700,000 – Smart Missile-Negotiate colt
Arrowfield Stud / Hawkes Racing
$575,000 – Sepoy-Miss Mooney Mooney colt
Strawberry Hill Stud / McEvoy Mitchell Racing
$460,000 – Fastnet Rock-Necessary Evil filly
Coolmore Stud / B2B Bloodstock/Jadesky Racing
$460,000 – Northern Meteor-Nazzuca colt
Baramul Stud / James Harron Bloodstock / Snowden Racing
$400,000 – Smart Missile-Rain Melody filly
Amarina Farm / Debbie Kepitis
$400,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Reactive filly
Broadwater Thoroughbreds / Gai Waterhouse Racing