Breeze-Up Sale Shatters Records – And Myths

By Ric Chapman
For reasons no-one, bar possibly Aussies themselves – can fathom, breeze-up and or ready to run sales have been, hitherto, a complete disaster in Australia.

Magic Millions and Inglis, the two leading sales companies labor though, under the assumption that one day the light will come on and buyers down in Australia will cotton-on to the idea.

Well, that may have finally happened.

Yesterday The Magic Millions Gold Coast Horses-In-Training Sale, a breeze-up sale, met with considerable support. And in doing so, kept up the global trend of profitable young horse sales.

Queensland-based Prionn Constructions smashed the previous sale record, which was a paltry A$160,000 (U.S.$115,200) when it paid top price of A$300,000 (U.S.$216,200) for a colt by Coolmore shuttle sire Fasliyev (out of winning Sir Tristram mare Ghizhou). Ghizhou (city-placed in Adelaide) is a half-sister to Geelong Oaks Trial Stakes winner Warm Smyzter, and is a daughter of New Zealand stakes-winning and Queensland Oaks-placed Deputy Govenor mare Lamour (herself from stakes-winning Namnan mare Thosada Rose and a full-sister to grade I New Zealand One Thousand Guineas winner Clear Rose). You'd imagine on that pedigree and with those relations this colt will stay and with the speed he showed breezing, he may make into a very competent Darby horse next year.

He wasn't the only one to attract attention and nor was he the only one by a shuttler to appeal. South African-based World Wide Bloodstock's Andy Williams paid A$220,000 (U.S.$159,000) for a colt by U.S. Horse of the Year Favorite Trick (out of Cotton Bay). The colt is a half-brother to proven stakes-winner Stormcat Academy.

Magic Millions H-I-T: Top 10 Lots
* $300,000 Fasliyev-Ghizhou colt (Prionn Constructions)
* $220,000 Favorite Trick-Cotton Bay colt (WW Bâ™stock)
* $130,000 Snippets-Fondest colt (Joseph Loong)
* $120,000 Encosta de Lago-Sensate colt (WW Bâ™stock)
* $120,000 Peintre Celebre-Chloe Gold colt (WW Bâ™stock)
* $100,000 Agnes World-Tarn colt (Balthasar Pty Ltd)
* $100,000 Desert Prince-Tiara colt (Malcolm Thwaites)
* $90,000 Danzero-Luskin Jazz colt (Malcolm Thwaites)
* $80,000 Dangerous-Misremember colt (MM as agent)
* $80,000 Fuji Kiseki-Moving Shadows colt (Roy Marsden)

Now, while these figures are neat, they are in fact a clear indicator that breeze-up sales philosophies in Australia are changing. Four years ago, for instance, there wasn't even a sale for this type of horse so the breakthrough shown by this particular sale is significant in Australia.

Overall 155 lots sold (75%) for a record A$4,774,000 (U.S.$3,441,000) (up 56% on last year) at yesterday's Magic Millions Gold Coast Horses-In-Training Sale at an average A$30,606. Magic Millions managing director David Chester summed up: "We had a good selection of buyers from all over the world on the Gold Coast. All parts of the market seemed pretty strong, but the top end was especially strong with our international clients (with buyers from South Africa, Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea) looking for youngsters to fit their orders. It is well known Magic Millions has worked hard to generate great interest from international areas & it was representatives from overseas who provided these record results."

Now, if these horses can shine on the track, a pin-hooking boom will start in Australia.