Adelaide Sale Ends Quietly in Australia

By Ric Chapman

It ended with a whimper Thursday.

Day three of Adelaide's thus far record-breaking Magic Millions yearling sale came and went before a small gathering of local buyers. It was not the way Magic Millions would have liked it to wind down following two record-breaking days of sales.

The biggest news around the place was the prospect that Tuesday's record-breaking top seller, the hunky big chestnut by Fusaichi Pegasus , hadn't passed his scope. Rumor had the place talking, but it was only a rumor as no one could be found to debunk it -- still, it was a pretty strong one floating around the sale complex nonetheless.

Positives from day three were few and far between.

A More Than Ready  -- Away With the Fairies colt fetched Aus$130,000. He was a neat, athletic type from a Fairy King mare who had won twice. And the pedigree page is first rate too with many a black type runner related to this fellow. Mark Kavanagh, who was the underbidder on the Fu Peg topper Wednesday, bought this colt. More Than Ready averaged Aus$71,000 for the sale.

A Belong to Me -- At the Bay filly was popular at Aus$150,000 also. Some rising current day stars like Toulouse Lautrec appear in her page.

The lone Fusaichi Pegasus offering on day three fetched Aus$80,000 to the bid of Global Thoroughbreds. He was a bay from the Australian-bred mare Visual Displays (by Scenic), who was a smart galloper herself, winning five times, three at stakes level.

Galileo's sole day three representative fetched Aus$95,000 to the bid of local trainer Leon McDonald. He was from the Kendor mare Twitter, whose four foals to race thus far have all won.

All up, the three-day sale attracted an aggregate of Aus$15,365,000, with 384 of the 524 horses catalogued selling at an average of Aus$40,014. The disappointing aspects of the sale were the lack of buying bench and the 105 lots that failed to sell.