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.
There was Aus$3 million up for grabs when the field lined up at Moonee Valley racecourse on Oct. 25 in the 10 furlong W.S. Cox Plate (Aus-I).
Darren Beadman has had just three rides on superstar mare Tuesday Joy (Carnegie-Joie Denise) and all three have been at group I level. He has landed her home the winner on each occasion.
This has not been a normal year in Australian racing by any stretch of the imagination so it was probably understandable that when the runners reached the starting gates for the AUS$2.6million Caulfield Cup (Aus-I) over 12 furlongs, things would be abnormal too. And they were.
The Kelt Capital Stakes, New Zealand's richest race, was worth NZ$2 million (US $1,500,000) and was brilliantly won by Princess Coup. The mare is now headed to Australia to contest the AUS$3 million (US$2.7 million) Caulfield Cup later this month.
Australian-breds completed an unprecedented classic New Zealand double when Princess Coup stormed away to win the NZ Oaks (NZ-I) north of the nation's capital, Wellington, on March 17.
Postponed, the Summer Squall son to win the 2000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II), sired his first grade I winner in New Zealand when Dorabella defeated 15 others in the country's championship race for 3-year-old fillies Nov. 11.
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