Wiener Leads the Way During Australian Broodmare Sale's Second Select Session

Wiener brought the top price of Aust$1.25 million during Tuesday's second select session of the five-day broodmare section at the 11-day Magic Millions National Sale on Australia's Gold Coast.

New South Wales Hunter Valley-based Kitchwin Hills manager Mick Malone, the manager of Kitchwin Hills in New South Wales' Hunter Valley, out-bid Rhys Smith from Kulani Park for Wiener. Consigned by Bellrive Stud, agent, the 3-year-old daughter of More Than Ready  was covered last spring by Arrowfield Stud stallion and current Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice.

Wiener previously sold at this same sale 12 months ago for Aust$600,000. Her stakes-winning dam, Snippets' Lass, won seven races and her group l winning millionaire half-brother Snitzel (by Redoute's Choice) also won seven races (including six stakes) and began stud duties last season at Arrowfield.

"She's a mare with a great deal of appeal," Malone said. "She's a great looking mare, a half-sister to a star, and due to foal a 3/4 relation to him. That's the biggest amount we've ever spent on a horse. During the bidding, I was as nervous as hell. Right from the time she (Wiener) arrived at the complex, I've had my eyes on her. She is by More Than Ready, so is an outcross. She can easily visit any son of Danehill in the country."

Earlier this year a full-sister to Snitzel and half-sister to Wiener was purchased by Darley Australia for a Magic Millions record price for a yearling filly of Aust$1.4 million.

But Wiener wasn’t the only standout Wendesday. Darley Australian out-bid Sydney agent Steve Brem and paid Aust$1.125 million for group I-winning and dual group I- placed 5-year-old mare Star Shiraz, (Sequalo -- Starshine Express, by Semipalatinsk) who has not been ben bred.

Star Shiraz, consigned by Eureka Thoroughbreds as agent, boasts six wins, including the group I QTC Sires' Produce Stakes

Vendor and former part-owner Ross Boucher commented: "She's a lovely mare and it's great to see her go to such a wonderful home; she will get every chance at Darley," said Ross Boucher, who owned and sold Star Shiraz. "The price is fantastic: I'm stoked! We'll look forward to seeing her foals. We might even end up buying one."

Meanwhile, Darley spokesman Alistair Pulford said a decision would be made "in the coming weeks" about which of the stud's stallions will cover Star Shiraz.

England-based Badgers Bloodstock agent Grant Pritchard-Gordon (bidding on behalf of Starcraft’s big spending owner Paul Makin) paid Aust$1.025 million for the 3-year-old filly Personify (Galileo --Procrastinate, by Jade Hunter), who has not been bred. Personify, consigned by Coolmore Stud as agent, won last season's listed Queen Adelaide Stakes and is a half-sister to Yarraman Park's stakes-winning and group I-placed stallion Foreplay; South African dual champion Laisserfaire; and dual stakes-placed filly Patasi.