Lonhro Filly Tops MM Yearling Sale's 2nd Day

She brings Aust$160,000 ($155,901 in U.S. funds) for Chinese client June 6.

A daughter of Lonhro brought Aust$160,000 ($155,901 in U.S. funds) to top the second and final session of the Magic Millions national yearling sale June 6 in Australia. Macau-based brothers Nicholas and James Moore of N & J Bloodstock purchased her for a client from China.

Consigned by Tyreel Stud, the filly is the third foal out of the unraced Fusaichi Pegasus  mare Paris Tryst, who is a half sister to 2001 AAMI Vase (Aust-II) winner Unstinov (by Seeking the Gold).

The yearling’s second dam, 1991 Foster’s Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) winner Let’s Elope (by Nassipour), was Australia’s Horse of the Year in 1992. Let’s Elope also was a group III winner in New Zealand, and she raced in the United States, winning once and finishing third in the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT), Ramona Handicap (gr. IT), and Oak Tree Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) in 1993.

The results for the national yearling auction included a gross of Aust$7,715,000 ($7,517,340) for the 241 horses that were sold. The average price was Aust$32,012 ($31,191). Compared to last year, when 276 yearlings were sold, the gross declined 11.5% and the average increased 1.3%.

The clearance rate was 73.7%, up from 69.7% in 2011.

“It was a satisfying day’s selling and sale,” said Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox. “Results across the board are in the same line as last year and that is positive. The most pleasing aspect of the past couple of days has been the spread of buyers, both domestic and international.”