When the sixth session of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale was held on Wednesday, it was apparent that the top end of the buying bench had departed as the premier session horses have had their time and collectively created record levels.
Surprisingly, interest was still strong, as the top price on the day was $70,000.
That figure was paid by leading Queensland trainer Liam Birchley who secured a Sequalo colt from the mare Dancing Bandit. The big strapping fellow was offered by Raheen Stud.
Dancing Bandit, a fast winner as a juvenile, has had four to race and three of them have won, while Sequalo was a group I-winning sprinter by Rustic Amber.
Misty Downs Thoroughbreds, which offered the top lot from day 5, was again active, offering up a colt which fetched $70,000. It was a big long scopey son of Monashee Mountain from Tres Rapide. He is a full brother to one of Queensland's best juveniles in Sir Monashee and looked a bargain at that price. Bellmere Lodge purchased him.
Tony Bott, acting as agent, for a South African client, went to $51,000 for an Aucash filly. "My client has the catalog in South Africa and asked me to look the filly over because he loved Aucash as a racehorse. So I did and he's a nice type. Looks a real early coming runner," said Bott.
The colt was from the mare Beale Street Blues who has produced six to race for four winners.
The day's average was $16,371 from 139 lots sold. It was a healthy result, pleasing Magic Millions chief executive office David Chester and came with a clearance rate of 73%.
Day seven continues on Thursday and when it's done, will conclude the longest running yearling sale in Australian history.