Thoroughbred breeders president upbeat about sale
RACING: Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association president Basil Nolan was upbeat about the first day of the Magic Millions Sales at the Gold Coast yesterday.
Speaking to the Daily News after the first three of his five horses had been offered, he said prices seemed similar to last year.
"I have been busy with our horses and haven't talked to a lot but most vendors seem happy. There are 100 more yearlings for sale this year," he said.
Nolan and his family operate Raheen Stud at Gladfield and didn't have long to wait to test the market themselves.
Their first yearling under the hammer was lot 23, a filly by All Too Hard out of Annamarie, which was purchased by Dermot Farrington from the United Kingdom for $250,000.
The second filly, by Redoutes Choice out of Beyonces Star, was sold by the Nolan family to Moody Racing from Victoria for $200,000.
Their third under the hammer by Commands out of Chosen Dove was bought by Nick Olive Racing in the ACT for $87,000.
Daandine stud at Goomburra sold a yearling by Rothesay out of Dark Delilah for $50,000.
Jumbo Prince a magic chance
TOOWOOMBA stayer Jumbo Prince will be out to enhance his bargain-buy status when he lines up as one of the top fancies in this week's Magic Millions Trophy (1800m) at the Gold Coast.
The $8000 sale buy has built a prize money kitty of $520,300 in 27 starts and yesterday his hopes of adding to that purse received a boost when he drew favourably in Saturday's $1million race.
Jumbo Prince has drawn barrier eight in the 14-horse, plus five emergencies, field as he looks to successfully complete a long-range goal for trainer Michael Nolan and his connections.
Nolan, who spend his childhood at Massie near Warwick, said the four-year-old's Millions lead-up had gone to plan and his fate now came down to race-day performance.
"We are happy with his 55kg weight which is only one over the limit and his jockey Michael Cahill was hoping he would draw in the six-to-eight barrier range," Nolan said yesterday.
"So far things have gone pretty much to what we could order and now it's up to him and if he is good enough on the day."
Jumbo Prince's opposition includes Toowoomba Group One mare Tinto and her fellow top weight Centre Pivot.
"Tinto and Centre Pivot are definitely the race yardsticks but they also have 59.5kg so we hope a good weight pull on them can work in our favour," Nolan said.