The Magic Millions Summer Sale drew the curtain on the Gold Coast carnival on Tuesday.
The Racehorse Sale section returned a perfect 100% clearance an average price of $12,934 – well up on $9,965 for the same sale last year.
Darley three year-old Whistle Stop (Street Sense) was purchased by leading Darwin trainer Dick Leech for $65,000. A winner at Bendigo in December, Whistle Stop was a last-start second at Geelong last Wednesday over 1500m.
The Darley draft provided 10 of the top 12 prices in the Summer Racehorse Sale with other top sellers including Petrify ($45,000 to Amy Johnston), Matignon ($45,000 to Greg Hickman), Zocalos ($38,000 to Dick Leech) and Salvaged ($36,000 to John Wall).
A small selection of yearlings went under the hammer and top price was $26,000 for Montana Park’s Reward for Effort colt from Belsoeur. He was purchased by Victorian trainer Frankie Stockdale.
Four other yearlings sold for prices of $20,000 or over during a short yearling session where the average price climbed from $5,442 last year to $6,672.