In the third and final session of the Magic Millions National yearling sale, a colt by young sire Foxwedge was the sale-topper at Aus$340,000 (U.S.$261,800).
Consigned by Eliza Park International, agent, for Heinrich Bloodstock Unreserved Dispersal Sale, the colt was purchased by Hawkes Racing after spirited bidding. From the first crop of group I winner Foxwedge, by Fastnet Rock, the colt is out of the winning Fantastic Light mare Ekeel, who counts a group I winner and two other stakes winners among her siblings.
"He really stood out," John Hawkes said after securing the youngster. "He's got a great attitude and is extremely athletic. I've got a few Foxwedges now. I've been impressed with his first crop and look forward to seeing them race."
The sale rounded out with 428 lots sold at an average price of $26,151 ($20,136) and a gross of $11,192,800 ($8,618,456). Leaving currency rates out of the equation, gross at this year's sale compared with last year's sale, which had a different format, was up 6.2%.
Average at this year's sale was down 12.9%, and buybacks were down from 33.9% last year to 25% this year.