Western Australian breeders Alan and Sue Olive topped Thursday’s session at the Gold Coast Magic Millions with a Fastnet Rock – Awesome Planet filly that realised $400,000.
The eye-catching youngster was knocked down to Paul Moroney and will be trained by his brother Mike at Flemington. “We thought she was the best filly in the sale,” Paul Moroney said. “She’s a real athlete by Fastnet Rock and her mother won a Group 3. She ticked all the boxes.”
The Day 2 leader will be raced by the Moroney family’s Ballymore Stables and Glen Harvey Bloodstock. Top-price on Thursday was equalled when Burnewang North Pastoral sold an Exceed and Excel colt to Hong Kong based Sun International Bloodstock.
The Olives operate Gold Front Thoroughbreds at Gingin and they sold the filly through Scone based Newgate Farm. Her older brother made $575,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions.
“He’s been named Awesome Rock and will be ready to trial shortly,” Alan Olive said. “He’s with Leon Corstens and we kept a share. Leon’s been very happy with his progress so far.”
The Olives were in high spirits after the sale. Their investment in Gold Front will ensure it becomes a force in the Eastern States as well on the home front in Western Australia.
They also race several gallopers in partnership with Gai Waterhouse. The best to date has been G1 Caulfield Guineas runner-up Divine Calling (Stratum) and recent Randwick winner Vitello (Snitzel).
The Olives recently appointed Brent Albuino as private trainer for their horses in the west. A former leading Perth apprentice, Albuino ventured to Sydney and was travelling foreman for Gerald Ryan. He looked after Snitzel when the Group 1 sprinter was on the road winning races like the Oakleigh Plate.
Among Albuino’s team will be the Denman – Ms Chief Bound colt that was catalogued for this week’s Magic Millions. He suffered a setback right before the sale and will be retained by the Olives.
Gold Front has catalogued another 12 yearling for the Perth Magic Millions next month.