Day 4 Magic Millions National Sale – Joy for Watership Down

Impeccably bred mare Our Pride and Joy topped Thursday’s second session of the Gold Coast Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

The Melbourne winning mare made $600,000 on another spirited day of selling when turnover soared 50% higher than last year’s select sale.  The clearance rate was an unprecedented 89%.

With the best-ever buying bench assembled from every state of Australia and every corner of the globe, the sale has been declared one of the most successful ever conducted in Australasia.

Our Pride and Joy, consigned by Tyreel Stud, attracted plenty of interest when she was offered during the afternoon.  A half sister to stakes winners Varenna Miss, Silently and Criterion, she was knocked down to Adrian Nicoll of BBA Ireland for $600,000.

Catalogued as lot 859, Our Pride and Joy (Canny Lad) was a four time winner before being retired and served for the first time last spring by Fastnet Rock’s G1 winning son Foxwedge.  The mare was purchased for a partnership of Sir Andrew and Lady Lloyd Webber’s Watership Down Stud in England and the Mitchell family’s Yarraman Park.

Stakes winning juvenile Paprika, in foal to Sepoy in her maiden season at stud, was the day’s second top seller when she was knocked down to James Harron for $550,000.

Group 1 winning mare Universal Queen is headed to Coolmore after being purchased by Tom Magnier for $480,000 from the Strawberry Hill Stud draft.

Pierro’s close relation Song Street was another star mare purchased by James Harron – knocked down for $450,000.  The mare is in foal to Pierro’s sire Lonhro.

The National Broodmare Sale’s two sessions rounded out with $29.84 million being traded on 416 lots sold at an average price of $71,749.  The clearance rate improved 15 points 89%.

The leading buyers of the sale was the Vieira Group with 22 lots purchased for over $2 million.  Victoria’s Rosemont Stud was the biggest buyer by numbers with 25 lots at a spend of over $1.4 million.

“What a spectacular sale from start to finish,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox reported.  “It’s been a tremendously rewarding result for vendors, buyers and also Magic Millions.

“The statistics tell the story of the sale.  To follow on from a successful weanling sale and to sell nine out of 10 horses through the ring is a clear indicator to the success of the sale.”

The National Broodmare Sale will conclude with a general session on Friday.


$600,000 – Our Pride and Joy
Vendor: Tyreel Stud (As Agent) / Buyer: BBA Ireland (Ireland)

$550,000 – Paprika
Yarraman Park Stud (As Agent) / James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)

$480,000 – Universal Queen
Strawberry Hill Stud / Coolmore Australia (NSW)

$450,000 – Song Street
Newgate Farm (As Agent) / James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)

$440,000 – Purple Blood
Oakwood Farm (As Agent) / Vinery Australia (NSW)

$385,000 – Munhro
Sledmere Stud (As Agent) / Randwick Bloodstock Agency (NSW)

$370,000 – Queen’s Fashion
Broadwater Thoroughbreds (As Agent) / Belmont Bloodstock Agency (Vic)

$300,000 – Positive Dream
Willow Park Stud / David Redvers Bloodstock (UK)