Tony Santic sold Makybe Diva’s three quarter sister La Amistad for $675,000 at the Magic Millions National Sale while reinvesting over $1.79 million on new mares at the Gold Coast.
La Amistad (Redoute’s Choice) won staying stakes races at Flemington and Randwick and was purchased by Queensland agent Josh Hutchins on behalf of Innisplain nursery Element Hill.
“Redoute’s Choice is doing a great job as a broodmare sire and she’s a lovely type with a lovely pedigree,” Hutchins said. “She could go to New Zealand to be served by Tavistock or she could stay here and possibly go to So You Think.”
Santic bought 10 mares topped by Star Of Sydney (Starcraft) in foal to Snitzel for $470,000. She is an unraced half-sister to Not Listenin’tome who won a G3 Zeditave Stakes for Team Hawkes before transferring to Hong Kong where he has scored three times at Listed level.
Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson also made the Magic Millions leader-board when he weighed in with $775,000 for beautifully bred four year-old Cafe Scientific. She won a Bendigo maiden for Mick Price (beating La Amistad) and was sold in foal to Deep Field.
“Rick wanted to get into the family and she was reasonably good value,” agent Dermot Farrington said. “She’s one of the best pieces of paper in the book so we’re delighted.”
Cafe Scientific (More Than Ready) is a half-sister to the Encosta de Lago stakes winners Precious Lorraine and Lucky Raquie. Their dam is a sister to Redoute’s Choice.
Newgate Farm’s Henry Field offered Cafe Scientific (as agent) and he paid $1.10 million for brilliant Melbourne filly Fontiton (Turffontein) on behalf of SF Bloodstock. “She’s an exceptional looker and, while she doesn’t have a Group 1 next to her name, she might be one of the most talented fillies we’ve seen,” Field said. “We don’t step up that hard that often but Fontiton is different. I think she will be very special broodmare for the farm in the next few years.”
Former Darren Weir-trained May’s Dream (New Approach) was another Victorian bred mare to make good money at the National Sale. A Group 1 winner of the Australasian Oaks (2000m), she sold for $720,000 to Willcox Bloodstock.