Stratum Filly Shines in Magic Millions Opener

Her Aust$220,000 price topped the national weanling sale's first session.

A Stratum filly, which is a half sister to New Zealand group I winner Anabandana, brought the top price of Aust$220,000 ($231,975 in U.S. funds) May 25 during the opening session of the Magic Millions national weanling sale on Australias’ Gold Coast. New Zealand's Whakanui Stud purchased the filly from Reavill Farm.

"She's a beautiful filly," Whakanui's Tim Bodle said. "She had the looks as well as a great pedigree.

"She's closely related to two exceptional fillies (Anabandana and King's Rose) in New Zealand; both those fillies will be racing in Australia in the spring and hopefully some nice Australian form will come through for them."

"We will retain the filly to race and then eventually she will join our broodmare band. She won't be going through the sales as a yearling," Bodle added.

The weanling filly and Anabandana are out of the unraced Nureyev mare Great Notice, who also produced Gybe (by Fastnet Rock), who won the 2009 Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes in Australia. Anabandana (by Anabaa) captured this year’s Auckland Diamond Stakes (NZ-I) and Oaks Stud Stallions Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes (NZ-I).

The results for the national weanling auction’s opening session included a gross of Aust$3,425,000 ($3,611,420) for the 131 horses that were sold. The average was Aust$23,299 ($24,567) and the clearance rate was 65.5%.

"It is a tough market at the moment and today was no different," said Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox. "There are a number of factors that are in play, including the economy and the high Australian dollar, which is limiting the spend as well as keeping down the numbers of international visitors.

"Most vendors met the market on a tough day and those who supported the sale with quality individuals were rewarded. Buyers at the sale today got some great value and I'm certain they will look back on this sale and be thankful they were here."