Gai Waterhouse was the leading buyer at the Magic Millions and she took a shine to first-season sire Stryker who stands at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.
Waterhouse bought the first Stryker yearling to parade in the southern hemisphere. His filly from Melbourne winner With Love (Favorite Trick) cost $200,000. She is a half-sister to Brisbane stakes winner Hoss Amor.
Fellow Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan upped the ante when he paid $220,000 for a Stryker colt out of Denarii (Dehere). The mare is a three-quarter sister to Randwick stakes winner Mirror Mirror and comes from the precocious ‘Tennessee’ family.
The two yearlings were sired off an $11,000 service fee in 2011 and Stryker covered 378 mares in his first three seasons at Three Bridges.
Stryker (Fastnet Rock) was a G3 winner of the BTC Classic at Doomben and he also added a Listed victory in the Heritage Stakes at Rosehill.