Oratorio Colt Tops Solid Final Perth Session

Quality horses were in demand at Magic Millions' re-formatted Perth yearling sale.

With overall strength of the re-formatted Magic Millions Perth yearling sale squarely at the top of the market, the auction concluded Feb. 20, paced by an Oratorio colt purchased for $100,000 (US$103,175).

"Today's market was reasonably solid," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said of the second and final session of a sale that was reduced from four days last year. "We think the two-day sale format worked well. Quality horses sold very well, but it was tough for those at the other end."

Day two saw 148 horses sold for $3,548,500 ($3,658,710), an average price of $23,976 ($24,723). Median price was $20,000 ($20,624), and the clearance rate was 68%.

The session-topping colt by group III winner Oratorio was bought by Ascot trainer Trevor Andrews. Oratorio, who has twice been Western Australia's leading sire of 2-year-olds, stands at Mungrup Stud in Narrikup.

Consigned by Yarradale Stud, the brown colt is out of group III-placed Scenic mare Academy Girl, who has produced three winners from four starters including stakes-placed Knightlike. His second dam is multiple group winner Tarare.

"I really liked the colt," Andrews said. "He's a quality individual and there's a lot of Scenic about him. He's not going to be the jump and run style Oratorio. He looks more of a later 2-year-old and 3-year-old. Hopefully he can develop into a Guineas horse."

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