It was the day of the barren mare as day three of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in Australia wound down.
Although unserved, former superstar athlete Regimental Gal, or 'Reggie' as she is known, took center stage, selling for $800,000. Renowned bloodstock agent Kieran Moore purchased her.
About two months ago, her connections turned down an offer of $1.2 million, expecting her to sell better at auction. Still, they weren't complaining as Regimental Gal (General Nediym--Hallaya by Yallah Prince) has been a gold mine for them. She was purchased out of this very ring three years ago as a yearling for just $16,500 yet won $1,585,350 in stakes before selling Friday. In the interim she claimed two group 1 events and won the second most valuable 2-year-old event in Australia.
Her buyer said he felt the mare's price was right at $800,000.
"That's about what we expected to pay," Moore said. "You have to look at that sort of money when you're dealing with a mare of her quality." And she had plenty of it. She was a front runner who excelled as a juvenile, and as a type, she is huge and has angles in all the right places.
"Although her pedigree page isn't that strong, she is a lovely type and her race record speaks for itself."
Moore said he purchased the mare on behalf of Scone, New South Wales-based Cressfield Stud.
"The stud is buying only high class race fillies for a select broodmare band," Moore added. "We bought River Dove earlier this year in Sydney and both mares will go to Redoute's Choice this spring."
Regimental Gal isn't the first mare purchased by Moore for Cressfield Stud at the sale. On Wednesday, he paid $245,000 for the Zabeel mare No Penalty.
No Penalty, formerly trained by Gai Waterhouse, will be sent to Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman in Melbourne and race during the spring carnival.
Another unserved mare, Hec Of A Party (Hector Protector--Party Dancer) was also popular fetching $400,000 for her connections. She was a group II winner who landed $361,060 in stakes. Ultra Thoroughbreds of Victoria purchased her.
Another unserved mare to score well in the sale ring was Fairessa (Encosta de Lago--Tonzazip). She reached $310,000 after winning $139,800 in stakes from several wins and a few stakes placings.
Michael Pitt of New South Wales bought her.
New South Wales-based Reavill Farm, a high end of town broodmare farm, went to $370,000 for the mare Coliape from Stuart Ramsey's Turranga Farm draft. Initially Coliape (Woodman--Rose Reward) was not sold but behind the scenes negotiations saw her sell to Reavill. She was in foal to Redoute's Choice and that foal will be closely related to boom 3-year-old Lotteria.
One of the day's shocks was Royston Stud's obvious new direction now that Shawn Kelly has taken over the reigns from his recently deceased father. Royston Stud signed the ticket for Speedy Kids (Snippets--Mia Lisa) who was a strong group III winner as a racehorse and who was in foal to the sire of Smarty Jones
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Speedy Kids has a weanling by Redoute's Choice coming through to help the mare. The farm has not played at this level previously.
Coolmore's Encosta de Lago was a big player on day three again. The mare Back Pass in foal to him on day two reached $650,000, and here on day three, he had another mare in foal to him reach high into the stratosphere. Pace Invader, a New Zealand bred multiple group one winner was bought by rival sales company Inglis for $660,000.
And rounding out the big sales on the day was Mascara Magic, a Citidancer--Serene City mare, also bred in New Zealand, who fetched $300,000 carrying a foal by Redoute's Choice.
Day four of the broodmare sale continues on Sunday.