Gonksi Colt Shines in Magic Millions Opener

Gonski colt sells for Aust$180,000 ($177,690 in U.S. funds).

A Gonski colt brought the top price of Aust$180,000 ($177,690 in U.S. funds) during the opening session of the Magic Millions national horses in training sale on the Gold Coast of Australia Oct. 27. South African bloodstock agent Andy Williams purchased the bay 2-year-old in the name of World Wide Bloodstock.

"He's a magnificent individual, just an outstanding two-year-old who looks a great racetrack prospect," Williams said.

Produced from the Hurricane Sky mare Blazing Sky, who was winless in two career races, the colt is a half brother to the winner Blazing Stars (by General Nediym). Blazing Sky is a half sister to Si Senor (by Racer’s Edge), who captured the 2003 Centreracing Tokyo City Cup (Aust-III), and another stakes winner, Bello Signor (by Raami).

Kenmore Lodge consigned the colt.

The results for the session included a gross of Aust$4,733,500 ($4,672,750) for the 109 horses that sold. The average price was Aust$43,427 ($42,870), and the median price was Aust$28,000 ($27,641). The clearance rate was 67.3%.

Fifteen horses sold for Aust$100,000 ($98,717) or more apiece.

"Things started off a tad slowly, but the bidding picked up as the session continued and the final figures from the session were quite encouraging," said Magic Millions managing director Stephen Silk. "The clearance rate finished up at 67% and we're hoping that lifts to over 70% tomorrow.

" We had a great lineup of buyers from around the world at the complex today, particularly from Singapore, New Zealand, Korea, Hong Kong, and Macau. There were also a number of astute Australian-based owners, agents, and trainers here to find some great value prospects."