Impulsive Dream, a winning daughter of Encosta de Lago, will join trainer Lee Freedman’s stable after selling for the top price of Aust$550,000 ($458,205 in U.S. funds) Aug. 16 during the Magic Millions August Thoroughbred sale on Australia’s Gold Coast. Former trainer and now Melbourne-based bloodstock agent Bill Mitchell purchased the 3-year-old filly on behalf of breeder and high profile businessman Sean Buckley.
Consigned by Racetree Breeding Stock and produced from the Slip Anchor mare Fayfa, Impulsive Dream was offered without a reserve. She finished second in the Schweppes Sires’ Produce Stakes (Aust-II) and third in the Darley Champagne Classic (Aust-II) earlier this year.
"She's been in work up here for a month, and she was entered for all of the big races in Melbourne," Mitchell said. “She would be aimed at races like the Thousand Guineas (Aust-I) and (VRC) Oaks (Aust-I).
“A filly like this was always going to make a high price,” Mitchell continued. “Considering buyers spend more on yearlings, she looks a great buy at the price. We know she can gallop; she's already group-performed as a 2-year-old. and she should only get better as she matures."
The 156 horses that sold during the auction grossed Aust$2,449,250 ($2,040,470) and averaged Aust$15,700 ($13,074). The clearance rate was 88%.
“It’s been a great sale,” said Magic Millions managing director David Chester. “The bidding was spirited for much of the day, particularly (for) the quality well-sought-out lots. There was great interest and a good crowd, and considering the economy, I would declare the sale as one of the strongest we've conducted in 2009. The vendors were particularly pleased and I know Kevin Dixon was thrilled with the prices achieved with his unreserved Racetree draft."