Lonhro Filly Brings MM Weanling Sale Record

Sale figures for two-day auction reflect robust market for weanlings in Australia.

A daughter of Darley's Central Kentucky shuttler Lonhro sold for an auction record $710,000 ($656,127) in United States funds), the highest price ever for a filly at the Magic Millions National weanling sale on the Gold Coast.

"She's a fantastic filly," winning bidder James Harron said of Segenhoe Stud's bay or brown youngster out of the stakes-winning Naturalism mare True Blonde. "We're delighted to secure her. It's one of the best families in Australia and she's an outstanding physical."

True Blonde, a half sister to Australian champion sprinter and prominent sire Snippets, has produced eight winners from nine to race, including group III-placed Regrowth as well as Prove It, who is the dam of 2007 Golden Slipper Stakes (Aus-I) winner Forensics.

"We're a fan of Lonhro and it's a lovely outcross for later on with breeding," Harron said. "She's a great filly."

Lonhro, an Australian champion sire, stands the Northern Hemisphere season at Darley's Lexington operation.

Monday's session marked the second and final day of the weanling sale. There were 34 weanlings to sell for six-figure prices, helping boost total sales to more than $15.2 million ($14,049,006), up more than 78%, compared with last year's National weanling sale.

The average price of $43,559 ($40,260) also climbed over 20%, and the clearance rate of 87% was on a par with 2013.

"This tells us not only is there a robust appetite for weanlings, but the Australian bloodstock industry is extremely healthy," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. 

"It's been a staggering two days of selling weanlings."

The Magic Millions National broodmare sale starts May 28 with a select session.