Strong Magic Millions start for Southern Downs
HORSE RACING: Bidding on yearlings from the Southern Downs is strong early in the Magic Millions sale at the Gold Coast.
Six thoroughbred studs from the Southern Downs are offering horses at the Magic Millions - Daandine (Goomburra), Lyndhurst Stud Farm and Canning Downs (both Warwick), and Raheen, Rosari Farms and Noralla Stud (all Gladfield).
Daandine stud sold Capitalist at a previous Magic Millions sale and the horse gave them publicity galore by winning last year's two-year-old race at the Magic Millions Race Day. Capitalist went on to win the Golden Slipper and is now standing at stud this season.
A half-sister to Capitalist was offered by Daandine yesterday and made $300,000. The filly was by Smart Missile, out of Kitalpha, the mother of Capitalist.
Daandine stud manager Mark McCann said the $300,000 was a good result.
"We have three yearlings in Thursday, one on Saturday night and one on Sunday,” he said.
"The colt we will offer on Saturday night has created a lot of interest. He is by I Am Invincible out of the mare Dark Delilah.
"I Am Invincible is probably the most popular sire at the Magic Millions this year.”
The first two horses from the Southern Downs to be offered yesterday were both from Gladfield.
A filly by Sebring out of the mare Fleet Raine was offered by Raheen Stud and sold for $145,000 to Dalziel Racing/Lindsay Park Racing.
A colt offered by Rosari Farm at Gladfield was passed in at $190,000. The colt is by Snitzel out of Fluffy Duck.
Thoroughbred Breeders Association of Queensland president Basil Nolan said it was a little early to make accurate comparisons to last year but early indications were that the sale was pretty good.
"The prices will be somewhere near the figures from last year. The number of people at the sale is increasing each year.
"It is a pretty buoyant sale so the majority of vendors are happy.”
Raheen Stud sold a yearling by Foxwedge out of Hides to New South Wales buyers for $130,000.
Late in the day, Raheen sold a colt for $60,000 to Victorian buyer Anthony Freedman and a filly to Munce Racing in Queensland for $100,000.
Canning Downs sold a bay colt by Foxwedge out of Infinito for $80,000 to Hong Kong interests.
The sale continues tomorrow and Friday, then on Saturday night and Sunday.
There is another sale day on Tuesday.