For 25 years New Zealand’s Cambridge Stud has been the biggest and most successful Thoroughbred farm in that country. On June 3, its studmaster, Marcus Corban (bidding on behalf of Cambridge Stud's owner Sir Patrick Hogan), paid top price of $1.05 million (U.S.$1million) for the stakes-winning 11-year-old mare Shalt Not (by St Covet--Outremer, by Cure The Blues) during the second session of the five-day broodmare section at the Magic Millions National sale on the Queensland Gold Coast.
Cumulatively, after the first two sessions at the Magic Millions National Broodmare sale, 265 lots have sold for $21,989,500 ($21,116,347) at an average $82,979 ($79,685) and a 73% clearance rate.
Shalt Not (in foal to Testa Rossa and consigned by Yarraman Park Stud as agent) is the dam of this season’s Australian juvenile filly sensation Amelia’s Dream, who won her February debut at Canterbury by 10 lengths and then March’s group II Silver Slipper Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs at Rosehill by 6 ¼ lengths before being sidelined by an injury.
Hogan said: “We had the one bid right at the end and were able to get her. Mares like her are rarely up for auction, and we are thrilled to be able to secure her. Shalt Not had proved herself as a star on the track and is now proving her worth as a broodmare. Amelia's Dream looked the one to beat in the Slipper, that's for sure after her performances; she certainly burst on the scene very quickly."
Hogan confirmed the mare will be trucked to Brooklyn Lodge in the Hunter Valley while he makes a decision about which stallion will serve her this spring. "Obviously Redoute's Choice would be a good option, but I've got some stallions as good as him at home." Hogan said.
Melbourne-based bloodstock agent Mark Pilkington paid $1 million ($960,137) for the smart group III-winning 3-year-old filly Musidora (Rock Of Gibraltar--Nice Dancing, by Bering) consigned by Coolmore Stud as agent (to dissolve a partnership). Musidora won February’s group III The Vanity at seven furlongs at Flemington, and overall has three wins from seven starts. She will return to the David Hayes stable and be set for feature races during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Musidora’s dam, Nice Dancing, is a half-sister to the dam of group I Golden Slipper winner and current Australian champion Arrowfield Stud sire Flying Spur.
Said Pilkington: "She's a filly who David (Hayes) has a very high opinion of, and he thinks there's a very bright future ahead for her before eventually heading to stud. Group-winning mares off the track are in high demand right now with the prices being paid for well-bred yearling fillies, so a million for her looks a good investment. She was being sold to dissolve a partnership, and we will offer her to her former owners, but we have a number of stable clients who would love to be members of a new syndicate."
Meanwhile New South Wales-based Reavill Farm paid $390,000 ($374,442) for another group III-winning 5-year-old mare Purde (Bahhare--Dupre, by Masterclass) in foal to Flying Spur and consigned by Arrowfield Stud as agent.
Another big buy went to Queensland’s Blue Sky Thoroughbreds, which paid $325,000 ($312,035) for stakes-winning 3-year-old filly Superfly (Rock Of Gibraltar--Allez France, by Hennessy) consigned by Coolmore Stud as agent.
Agent Steve Brem then paid $310,000 ($297,633) for the stakes-winning 5-year-old mare Diamond Cove (Octagonal--Eliza Cove, by Danehill) consigned by Yarraman Park Stud as agent, while Victoria’s Belmont Bloodstock Agency paid $300,000 ($288,078) for 8-year-old mare Class Success (Success Express--Enchantor, by Bletchingly) in foal to Flying Spur and consigned by Arrowfield Stud as agent.