Grenville Stud owner Graeme McCulloch was walking on air after Frolicking won the Magic Millions Plate (1100m) in Launceston on Wednesday afternoon.
Frolicking (2f Incumbent – Flying Diva by Flying Spur) became the first winner for Grenville sire Incumbent when she sat outside the leader and then lengthened to score by two lengths on debut.
McCulloch bred the winner and trains her at his Whitemore property. “She’s a foolproof filly and tough, too,” McCulloch claimed. “She will be hard to beat in the Magic Millions Classic next month.”
Grenville Stud has 32 yearlings catalogued for the Tasmanian Magic Millions on February 14. Incumbent (Choisir) was a G2 winner of the 2008 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes and he has 10 lots entered including the full sister to Frolicking (Lot 48).
Grenville’s six-time champion sire West Quest has 13 yearlings going under the hammer and there are another 5 by Holy Roman Emperor.
McCulloch took time out from prepping the large draft earlier on Wednesday to watch his Holy Roman Emperor – Centafit colt being sold at the Karaka Select Sale. Catalogued through the Ainsley Downs draft, he made $140,000 to the bid of Waikato Bloodstock.
“It’s been a top day all-round,” McCulloch said after welcoming Frolicking back to scale. “And it will get even better if we get another update this weekend.”
Frolicking and the Magic Millions filly are younger half-sisters to Kenjorwood who will be one of the favourites for the LR Tasmanian Derby (2100m) on Sunday. The Snippetson gelding won the Alfa Bowl last season and has been runner-up in the Tasmanian Guineas and Hobart Guineas at his last two starts.
– Karl Patterson