A colt from the final crop of Beneteau topped another record-breaking session during Day 5 of the Gold Coast Magic Millions on Sunday.
Beneteau was originally purchased as a yearling by Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland and he went to $220,000 to secure the Arrowfield Stud consigned youngster to continue their great association with the stallion who died in January 2013.
The colt’s owners Mark Sowerby and Ron Hamer also race Beneteau’s city winning juveniles Prompt Return and Aegean Sea. “We’re obviously very interested in his progeny after the early success with Prompt Return,” Blaxland reported. “We purchased three of his stock today and they will be raced by Mark and Ron.
“I thought the Sassy Peg was an outstanding individual and, as he happened to be by Beneteau, we had to have him.”
Blaxland said connections would let the dust settle on the sales before deciding who would train the youngsters but suggested Prompt Return’s trainer Danny O’Brien would be keen to train Sunday’s top seller.
Book 2 turnover on Day 5 reached $9.86 million on 179 lots at a clearance rate of 88%. The average price of $55,101 was 15% higher than last year’s corresponding session.
“The momentum built up from Book 1 carried through to Book 2,” Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said. “There was a big crowd on hand and very competitive bidding from start to end.
“The total sale grossed over $102 million which is the biggest yearling sale conducted in the Southern Hemisphere in almost seven years.”
DAY 5 TOP SELLERS
$220,000 – Beneteau-Sassy Peg colt
Arrowfield Stud / Blue Sky Bloodstock
$200,000 – I Am Invincible-Mariana Sunset filly
Yarraman Park / Paul Perry Racing
$180,000 – I Am Invincible-Prinny’s Girl colt
Fairview Park Stud / Magic Millions as agent
$180,000 – Zoffany-She’s Sirius colt
Berkeley Park Stud / Ciaron Maher Racing
$170,000 – Zoffany-Centaure colt
Riversdale / Paul Perry Racing
$170,000 – Beneteau-Shelbey filly
Riversdale / LB Racing
$170,000 – Duporth-Typify colt
Mill Park / Magic Millions as agent