Sister Madly, winner of the Feb. 12 Scream Southern Cross Frederick Clissold Stakes (Aust-III). brought Aust$1 million ($1,070,090 in U.S. funds) to top the opening session of the Magic Millions national broodmare sale in Australia May 29.
Bill Mitchell, on behalf of Segenhoe Stud, purchased the daughter of Redoute's Choice from Ian Smith’s Edinburgh Park.
"She's a beautiful mare and Segenhoe are delighted to have purchased her," Mitchell said. "She is an outstanding type. The mare still has a future on the racetrack and she will be heading to the stables of John Sadler in Melbourne prior to joining the broodmare band at Segenhoe. She has a lot going for her."
Foaled in 2006 and out of the winning Bureaucracy mare Jade Tiara, Sister Madly is a half sister to 2004 and 2005 Hong Kong Horse of the Year Silent Witness (by El Moxie), who also captured the 2005 Sprinters Stakes (Jpn-I).
Magic Millions reported that 171 horses were sold during the first session for a gross of Aust$7,397,350 ($7,915,830). The average price was Aust$43,259 ($46,291). Compared to last year, when 184 horses were sold, the gross was down 23% and the average fell 17.1%.
The clearance rate dropped from 85.6% in 2010 to 77% this year.
"Most vendors met the market and the clearance rate was encouraging," said Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox. "There was spirited bidding on many lots and the buyers were delighted with their purchases with great value on offer."