A Gonski colt brought the top price of Aust$180,000 ($177,690 in U.S. funds) during the opening session of the Magic Millions national horses in training sale on the Gold Coast of Australia Oct. 27.
Stathi Katsidis, a top jockey in Australia, was found dead at his home Oct. 19 and authorities reportedly have ruled out suspicious circumstances or suicide.
The half brother to Australia group III winner Blackball brings Aust$222,000 ($196,431 in U.S. funds).
All American, a group 1-winning millionaire by Red Ransom, will ship to North America in 2011 to stand at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
He will succeed David Chester, who will become a roving ambassador for the Australian auction firm.
He is the managing parner of Pedigree Consultants, and his role with that company will remain unchanged.
A competitive buying bench helped the select weanlings sold during William Inglis & Son's Australian weanling and breeding stock sale gross Aust$7.026 million ($6,107,650 in U.S. funds).
The select session of the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale in Sydney on June 24 posted a 44% increase in average, with Aust$4,840,500 traded during the opening select session.
Magic Millions' series of national sales ended June 8 in Australia with mixed results for the final session of the yearling auction and the sale of racehorses. But the gross for the entire series of sales was up 42.1%.
The select portion of the sale, which ended its two-day run June 7, generated a gross that was up 88.9% from a year ago and an average price that increased 62.7%.
The Magic Millions national yearling sale got off to a strong start June 6 in Australia. The average price was up 42.3%.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Darley Australia operations reported a $27 million loss and will have to cut 30 jobs.
The opening section of the 2010 Magic Millions national broodmare sale ended its three-session run June 1 with a gross that was up 18.1% from a year ago, but the average price declined 7.5%.
The Encosta de Lago mare sells for Aust$1 million ($846,750) on the second day of national broodmare auction.
The group I-winning daughter of Redoute's Choice brings Aust$1,025,000 ($868,103 in U.S. funds).
The Magic Millions National Weanling Sale ended May 28 in Australia with increases of 66.7% in gross revenue and 71% in average price from a year ago during its third session.
The gross increased 66.6% from a year ago while the average price grew 68.4% during the first two sessions of the Magic Millions national weanling sale in Australia.
The Magic Millions national weanling sale got off to a rousing start in Australia May 26. The gross during the first session was up 93% from a year ago, and the average price rose 50.5%.
Wicked Style, a leading 2-year-old of 2007, has been acquired by Australian nursery Oaklands Stud. The 5-year-old son of Macho Uno will stand at Oaklands at Umbiram on Queensland's Darling Downs.
The 2010 Melbourne Cup trophy was on display April 24 at a black-tie dinner for Los Angeles racing, business, and fashion leaders.
Viewed, the 2008 Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) winner, died of a twisted bowel on April 17
The gross soars 59.6% while the average grows 17.9% and the median increases 19%.
The Polish Precedent mare, which is in foal to Red Ransom, sells for Aust$775,000 ($717,772 in U.S. funds).
Mountcat is scheduled to be offered during the Magic Millions national broodmare auction while in foal to Street Sense.
Gros falls 10.4% from last year while the average and median decline 8.5% and 11.1%, respectively.
The bay yearling brings Aust$1.2 million ($1,109,000 in U.S. funds) during auction's second session.
Group I placed U S Ranger, currently standing at Pauls Mill in Kentucky, will shuttle to Australia for the next three southern hemisphere breeding seasons.
The Magic Millions QTIS 600 yearling sale ended its two-day run March 22 in Australia with increases of 25% in gross and 20.3% in average price from a year ago.
According to an announcement on the Vinery Australia Web Site, the farm has "secured a significant shareholding" in Big Brown and the stallion will shuttle beginning this year.
The first portion of the Melbourne Premier Sale concluded in Australia March 3 with a Starcraft colt topping the session at Aust$300,000 (US$270,570).
Important Australian yearling auction will begin Jan. 12.
The gross of the Magic Millions auction, held in Australia, declines 5.7%.
A Blackfriars half-brother to group I winner Scenic Shot topped the third session of the Magic Millions Perth yearling sale Jan. 29 in Australia, bringing Aust$180,000 ($161,750 in U.S. funds).
Yearling brings Aust$230,000 to top auction's opening session.
Lots in Australian auction include Makybe Diva's second foal.
The 206 horses sold gross Aust$2,458,850 ($2,269,420 in U.S. funds).
A Break the Vault filly topped the fifth session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale with her Aust$200,000 price ($184,840 in U.S. funds) Jan. 10 in Australia.
Bay yearling brings Aust$950,000 ($848,937 in U.S. funds)during Gold Coast yearling auction's fourth session.
Bay yearling brings Aust$620,000 ($570,100 in U.S. funds) from trainer Gai Waterhouse.
Yearling out of Australian champ Ha Ha brings Aust$700,00 ($640,241 in U.S. funds).
Bay colt brings Aust$500,000 ($456,500 in U.S. funds).
- By Tom LaMarra
Racing industry participants in Australia are seeking "certainty based on a fair return" from betting operators and have taken their case to a commission charged with helping government make better policies.
Gelding will be trained by John Shirreffs in California.
North Street, a 5-year-old gelded son of Street Cry, brought the highest price of Aust$33,000 ($29,408 in U.S. funds) during the William Inglis & Son Melbourne December Thoroughbred sale at Oaklands in Australia Dec. 18.
Singapore trainer Don Baertschiger made his presence felt during the option two section of the Magic Millions national horses in training sale in on the Gold Coast of Australia Oct. 29. He went to Aust$110,000 ($99,840 in U.S. funds) to secure the day's top seller – a 2-year-old Hidden Dragon –Donnatelle colt. A half-brother to group winner Don't Tell Clang, the colt was consigned by Centaur Park Thoroughbreds.
The average price rose 65.2% from 2008 during the opening session of the Magic Millions national horses in training sale Oct. 28 in Australia. The gross revenue also grew, increasing 12.7%.
Darley stallion Shamardal has injured his withers and will be rested for the remainder of the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at the outfit's Australian farm.
David Hayes will sell part of his Lindsay Park, a world-renowned horse training facility based at Angaston in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
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.
The two-day William Inglis & Son Melbourne August mixed sale ended Aug. 14 with a gross of Aust$2,907,550 ($2,439,202 in U.S. funds) for the 366 horses that sold. The average price was Aust$7,944 ($6,664), and the clearance rate was 90%.
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