Book 1 of the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale smashed all records when the curtain came down on the fourth session on Saturday night.
A Snitzel filly became the 9th lot to sell for $1 million or more when she was knocked down to NSW trainer Mark Newnham for $1.10 million. She helped elevate the 2018 Magic Millions to the highest ever grossing yearling auction ever held in the southern hemisphere.
Presented by Arrowfield Stud, as agent, the Snitzel filly attracted a flurry of bids before Newnham got the better of Phoenix Thoroughbreds manager David Lucas. “She just looks a natural. She’s got a really good, strong pedigree behind her and you would nearly give up if she couldn’t run,” Newnham said. “We thought she would be pretty dear but you’ve got to pay for them.”
Book 1 rounded out with a gross of almost $156 million – over $22.6 million higher than last year. The average soared to exactly $228,000 while the clearance rate was a record equalling 89%.
“A lot of buyers came to town and many of the breeders brought us their best horses,” outgoing Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. “I guess in a way the perfect storm was created – everyone played their part and played it very well.”
BOOK 1 SALE TOP SELLERS
$2,000,000 – I Am Invincible-Tai Tai Tess colt
Vendor: Yarraman Park Stud / Buyer: Reg Inglis/Jon Kelly/Paul Frampton
$1,900,000 – I Am Invincible-Electric Dreams colt
Segenhoe Stud Australia / James Harron
$1,800,000 – Snitzel-Flidais filly
Arrowfield Stud / Reg Inglis/Jon Kelly/Paul Frampton
$1,600,000 – Snitzel-Admirelle colt
Milburn Creek / Phoenix/Aquis/Yulong
$1,450,000 – I Am Invincible-Commanding Jewel colt
Vinery Stud / Jadeskye Racing
$1,100,000 – Snitzel-Intimate Moment filly
Widden Stud / Mark Newnham
$1,050,000 – Pierro-Dance Card colt
Bhima Thoroughbreds / James Harron
$1,000,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Cat by the Tale colt
Arrowfield Stud / James Moore Racing
$1,000,000 – Fastnet Rock-Risk Aversion colt
Element Hill / Tom Magnier