The end of the tunnel is in sight. Not that those who run Magic Millions want it to be. As day three of the broodmare section of the 14-day long Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast wound down, new heights were reached yet again.
All up, 449 broodmare sold for a cumulative Aus$41,553,250 (U.S.$30,890,000) (up 21.2% on last year's 512 sold for $34,280,600). The $92,502 average was up 38.1% (last year $66,954) and the clearance rate was 87%.
Magic Millions managing director David Chester declared: "This sale continues to grow at amazing levels each year and it is now regarded as the best in the Southern Hemisphere. Quality mares were in amazing demand. I'm sure many of the breeders wished they had catalogued more of their quality stock that they were contemplating selling. And while many of the mares sold for lofty amounts, there were plenty of great value buys."
The most in demand on day three were race mares with racetrack savvy to support their worth.
Steve Brem, the former racing manager for Gai Waterhouse (buying on behalf of Ultra Thoroughbreds) paid day three's top price of Aus$470,000 for 5-year-old dual Melbourne stakes-winning mare Strikeline (Desert Sun -- Strike High, by Pre Emptive Strike) consigned by Eliza Park as agent.
Strikeline, who has not yet been bred, boasts six wins overall for Aus$502,550 (with victories including the group III Ian McEwen trophy, Listed Cockram Stakes, Listed How Now Stakes plus a further six stakes-placings).
New Zealand's Trelawney Stud paid Aus$410,000 for 4-year-old Little Doutes (Redoute's Choice -- Rich Haul, by Haulpak) who has not been to stud. Little Doutes, consigned by Bellerive Stud as agent, boasts three wins and a stakes placing. Her nine-time winning dam Rich Haul has produced 11 named foals (nine to race) for eight winners (including dual stakes-winning eight-time victor and $377,935-earner The Heavyweight).