There just seems no end to the commitment of Patinack Farm as the operation once again dominated proceedings on a lusty third day of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale on Australia’s Gold Coast March 26. Patinack seems intent on buying everything that looks like it can run. During the auction’s first three sessions, the farm has spent Aust$13.1 million for 48 horses.
"We anticipate we will have about 130 yearlings that will need trainers by the time we finish here and at the Inglis Easter Sale next month," said Roger Langley, who is the operations manager for Patinack Farm. "We have already promised many of them to Anthony Cummings at Randwick and to Gai Waterhouse, plus we'll have some in Victoria and Queensland too. Saying that, we are currently looking around for another Sydney trainer to give a few to. I suspect we'll start having them broken in come July and we will evaluate which ones are good and who gets them. But we are looking for a stallion nominations manager and a few staff as we grow the business."
Patinack Farm secured 19 yearlings on day three, including the top-priced horse, a lovely well-bodied individual by successful young freshman sire Exceed and Excel, who is a mile in front on the Australian freshman table this year. The colt is out of the Pins mare Acupuncture, who was stakes-placed in New Zealand
Willow Park Stud in New South Wales consigned the colt, which fetched Aust$730,000. The figure was surprising as he didn't have a strong family tree, but he walked like a superstar.
Dean Watt, who runs Dynamic Syndications, went to Aust$700,000 for the Redoute's Choice colt which many anticipated would be the sale topper. The yearling is a big colt out of the stakes-placed Sunday Silence mare Touched By God.
"He was the half the price I anticipated," Watt said. "I had Aust$1.5 million for him and would have only started getting nervous at about Aust$1.3million, so I think this is a fantastic result for us. I have syndicated him already so everyone is very happy at my table."
There was American interest down here, too. Pinhooker John Brocklebank who went to Aust$500,000 for a son of Fastnet Rock, a new Danehill stallion that won three sprint races in Australia at group I level. Brocklebank will leave him here and prepare him for the October ready to run sale.
The results through the first three days of the Magic Millions auction were a gross of Aust$74,825,000 for the 490 yearlings sold and an average of Aust$152,704. The clearance rate was 83%.