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Princess Coup Sets Magic Millions Record

New Zealand champion Princess Coup brought a Magic Millions record price of Aust$3 million (approximately $2,453,346 in U.S. funds) June 4 during the opening session of the national broodmare sale on Australia's Gold Coast. New South Wales bloodstock agent Tony Bott was the buyer, outlasting a New Zealand-based group.

Markane Colt Tops General Session

A Markane colt brought Aust$17,000 (approximately $13,732 in U.S. funds) to top the general session of the national weanling sale on the Gold Coast of Australia June 2. New Zealand-based Poplar Lodge purchased the colt from Egmont Park Stud.

More Than Ready Colt Stands Out in Australia

A More Than Ready colt brought Aust$240,000 (approximately $192,422 in U.S. funds) to top the second session of the Magic Millions national weanling sale on the Gold Coast of Australia June 1. Perth horseman Joe Byrne bought the colt on behalf of his Singapore-based client Ong Tiong Seng.

Stravinsky Filly Shines in Australia

A Stravinsky filly sold for Aust$200,000 (approximately $160,294 in U.S. funds) to top the opening day of the Magic Millions national weanling sale on the Gold Coast of Australia May 31. Queensland-based Figtree Thoroughbreds purchased her from Coolmore Stud.

Great Southern Sale's Gross Falls

The William Inglis & Son Melbourne Great Southern mixed sale generated a gross of approximately Aust$4,923,000 ($3,811,239 in U.S. funds) during its four-day run that ended May 21. Last year, when there were an additional 350 horses cataloged, the gross was approximately Aust$5.9 million ($4,567,603).

Holy Roman Emperor Colt Sets Pace

The two-day weanling portion of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne Great Southern sale ended in Australia May 19 with a gross of $2,127,100 (approximately $1,605,684 in U.S. funds) for the 243 horses sold. The average price was $8,753 ($6,607), and the clearance rate was 91%.

Lonhro Offspring Shine in Australia

The clearance rate was 93% during the first session of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne Great Southern weanling sale May 18 in Australia. The 131 horses that sold grossed Aust$1,063,250 (approximately $796,948 in U.S. funds) and averaged Aust$8,116 ($6,083). The median price was Aust$4,000 ($2,998).

Statue of Liberty Colt Shines in Australia

A Statue of Liberty -- Saloon Bar Girl colt brought Aust$54,000 (approximately $39,031 in U.S. funds) to top the opening session of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne autumn yearling sale April 26 in Australia. Mark Young Racing purchased the colt from Tetrarch Park Stud.

Colt Out of Makybe Diva Sets Pace

The first foal out of two-time Australian Horse of the Year Makybe Diva brought Aust$1.5 million (approximately $1,073,265 in U.S. funds) April 5 during the opening session of the William Inglis & Son Easter yearling sale in Australia. Melbourne trainer Danny O'Brien purchased the Galileo colt from Tony Santic's Makybe consignment.

Falvelon Colt Tops Final MM Sale Session

The inaugural Magic Millions QTIS 600 yearling sale ended its two-day run March 30 in Australia with a gross of Aust$6,135,500 (approximately $4,261,166 in U.S. funds) for the 333 horses sold. The average price was Aust$18,424 ($12,796), and the clearance rate was 81%.

Inglis Sale Clearance Rate Is 91%

The William Inglis & Son Melbourne March mixed sale ended at Oaklands in Australia March 13 with a clearance rate of 91%. The 329 horses that sold grossed Aust$1,369,600 (approximately $887,487 in U.S. funds). The average price was Aust$4,163 ($2,698), and the median price was Aust$2,200 ($1,426).

Testa Rossa Filly Shines in Adelaide

A daughter of Hunter Valley-based stallion Testa Rossa out of Scone topped the second session of the BMW Magic Millions Adelaide yearling sale when she was sold for Aust$115,000 (approximating $73,390 in U.S. funds) March 10 in Australia. Victorian agent Kevin Dagg snapped up the youngster, which was consigned by Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud.

Apache Cat Captures Australia Stakes

As the field crossed the line in the $400,000 Australia Stakes (Aust-I) over six furlongs Feb. 14 at Moonee Valley, the race caller Greg Miles excitedly roared: "Always beware of a cat backed into a corner."

Hussonet Colt Tops MM Sale 2nd Session

Six horses were sold for Aust$100,000 (approximately $65,481 in U.S. funds) or more during the second session of the BMW Magic Millions Perth yearling sale Feb. 12 in Australia. The results through the first two days were 175 horses sold, a gross of Aust$6,876,500 (approximately $4,502,801), and an average price of Aust$32,294 ($21,146).

Stratum Filly Tops MM Perth Opener

A Stratum - Beyond Me filly topped the opening session of the BMW Magic Millions Perth yearling sale Feb. 11 in Australia. West Australia-based owner Sally Martin purchased the filly from Gervase Park Stud for Aust$160,000 (approximately $106,854 in U.S. funds).

General Nediym Filly Shines in Australia

Eight horses sold for Aust$100,000 (approximately $67,512 in U.S. funds) or more Feb. 9 during the second session of William Inglis & Son's Sydney Classic yearling sale in Australia. Through the first two sessions, the gross revenue is Aust$7,153,500 ($4,829,471) for the 250 horses sold. The average price, Aust$28,614 ($19,318), is down only 10% from a year ago. The median price is Aust$20,000 ($13,502).

Flying Spur Colt Sets Pace Down Under

William Inglis & Son's Sydney classic yearling sale opened Feb. 8 in Australia with a session in which 83 horses sold for Aust$2,104,500 (approximately $1,421,022 in U.S. funds). The average price was Aust$25,355 ($17,121), and the median price was Aust$20,000 ($13,505). The clearance rate was 78%.

Magic Millions Adjusts Commission Rates

Officials of Magic Millions, an Australia-based auction firm, announced a new commission structure for the national weanling and broodmare sales. The weanling auction is scheduled for May 25-29, and the broodmare sale will be held June 1-5.

Encosta de Lago Filly Tops MM Auction

A 2-year-old Encosta de Lago – Fayfa filly brought the top price of Aust$100,000 (approximately $67,371 in U.S. funds) during Magic Millions' inaugural Summer Carnival Thoroughbred sale Jan. 18 on Australia's Gold Coast. Kevin Dixon of Racetree purchased the juvenile.

Jet Spur Colt Tops Last MM Sale Session

The Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale ended its seven-session run Jan. 16 on Australia's Gold Coast. The 118 yearlings that sold on the auction's final day grossed Aust$1,105,500 (approximately $730,293 in U.S. funds) and averaged $9,369 ($6,189). The clearance rate was 78.2%.

'Redoute's' Colt Brings Seven Figures

A Redoute's Choice colt out of the group I-winning Centaine mare Kapchat topped the third session of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling auction in Australia Jan. 9 when he sold for Aust$1.2 million (approximately $848,376 in U.S. funds). Victoria-based owners Peter Devitt and Les Gordon purchased the bay colt from Widden Stud, agent.

Redoute's Choice Colt Shines at MM Sale

A Redoute's Choice - Bal Des Sirenes colt was the top seller Jan. 8 during the second session of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling auction on Australia's Gold Coast. He brought Aust$620,000 (approximately $446,549 in U.S. funds) from trainer Kris Lees, who purchased the colt from Amarina Farm, which was the agent for his Victoria-based breeder, Wood Nook Farm.

Hong Kong, Australia at Odds Over Jockey

Relations between international racing organizations are in a rare state of strain after Racing NSW in Australia chose to set aside the decision of Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards to disqualify jockey Chris Munce until September 2009. Munce, who was recently released after serving 20 months in jail, is now expected to return to race riding in Sydney the week of Dec. 7.

Magic Millions Sale Has 1,327 Yearlings

The catalog for the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale in Australia has been finalized and can be viewed online at www.magicmillions.com.au. There 1,327 horses entered in the auction, which begins Jan. 7, 2009. Other sessions will be held Jan. 8-11 and Jan. 15 and 16.

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