Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Sales preview

Filed on 18 Dec 2006 @ 15:12
Australian Champion Sire Redoute's Choice has 42 catalogued

Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Sales preview

By Jimmy Lithgow

Thursday 11 January 2007 will see the opening session of the nine-day Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Sales, to be held at the Magic Millions Sale Complex at Bundall on the Australian Gold Coast. More than 1,600 yearlings have been catalogued, making this the biggest yearling sale ever conducted in Australia.

Magic Millions lays claim to having sold more Group One winners, over the last few racing seasons, than any other company in the thoroughbred sales field and the sales now attract buyers from all over the world.
Five of the last seven winners of the Golden Slipper, which is run in conjunction with the Sales, have been Magic Millions purchases. Stratum (2005), Dance Hero (2004), Polar Success (2003), Ha Ha (2001) and Belle du Jour (2000) were all knocked down to their owners on the Gold Coast. The only ones missing, the 2002 winner Calaway Gal, and the 2006 winner, Miss Finland, were homebreds!
Buyers of yearlings at the Magic Millions Sales can now qualify their youngsters to be a part of a $4 million (plus) annual series of races around Australia. The entire Magic Millions race day programme on the Gold Coast is now closed to eligible MM graduates. There are also races in Adelaide, Toowoomba, Perth, Tasmania and Wyong.
The first four sessions of last year’s Magic Millions Sale, during which the choice lots were vended, yielded an average price of A$140,083, with the aggregate having been A$80,127,500. The top price paid was for a colt by Red Ransom, out of Savannah Success, for which trainer Graeme Rogerson forked out A$1,550,000.
Rogerson was the top buyer at the Sales, purchasing 26 lots for a total of A$5,492,000, closely followed by South African trainer Charles Laird, who bought 19 lots for A$5,250,000.
David Chester, Managing Director of Magic Millions, says his company works tirelessly to assemble the best possible catalogues for each of their sales – whether it be on the Gold Coast in January, Perth in February or Adelaide in March – three of the country’s top sales venues.
“While a lot of sales concentrate purely on pedigrees, Magic Millions look for the right balance – we don’t just want a horse with a sexy pedigree page – we want one that’s athletic and one which we feel will prove its worth as a racehorse,? Chester comments.
“The strategy adopted by Magic Millions is obviously working the way we wanted it to. For three of the past four seasons we’ve topped the sales company list for Group One winners and stakes winners,? he added.
This is not to say that the Sales are short on top class pedigrees, with many of the world’s top sires represented. They include the Australian Champion Sire, Redoute’s Choice (with 42 yearlings), as well as the likes of Anabaa (25), Catbird (31), Choisir (26), Danehill Dancer (27), Danzero (41), Desert Sun (2), Dubai Destination (19), Elusive Quality (16), Encosta de Lago (40), Fantastic Light (18), Flying Spur (30), Fusaichi Pegasus (18), Galileo (20), General Nediym (41), Giant’s Causeway (14), Hawk Wing (9), Hussonet (35), Iglesia (52), Johannesburg (23), Noverre (12), Orientate (10), Piccolo (18), Quest For Fame (5), Red Ransom (19), Rock Of Gibraltar (32), Royal Academy (18), Sadler’s Wells (1), Street Cry (8), Tale Of The Cat (33), Testa Rossa (12), Zabeel (6) and Zeditave (10).
Eminent newcomers include Exceed And Excel (30), Falbrav (11), Grandera (5), Lonhro (26), and former Hong Kong star, Lucky Owners (16).
A total of 35 horses which are closely related to Gr1 winners will come under the hammer, over the sale period, including the following:

Lot 15 is a full-brother to Gr1 Caulfield Guineas winner, In Top Swing, by Beautiful Crowm (Chief’s Crown), out of Holbrook Lass (Rory’s Jester). The dam is a full sister to Listed race winner, Enchanted Angel.

Lot 16 is a filly by Australian sprinting champion, Exceed and Excel (Danehill), out of Honeymoon Express (Star Way), the dam of dual Gr1 winner, Carnegie Express, who scored six times, over distances ranging from six furlongs to a mile and a quarter.

Lot 80 is a colt by Gr1 winning American sprinter, More Than Ready (Southern Halo), out of the Marauding mare, Let’s Shuffle, the dam of dual Gr1 winner, Juanmo (Flying Spur).

The 2004 Champion Australian Filly or Mare, Private Steer (Danehill Dancer), winner of three Gr1 events and over $3-million in prize money, has a half brother by Encosta De Lago on sale. The dam Lisheenowen (Semipalatinsk), is a half-brother to Hibernian Prince (Victory Prince), a Gr3 placed winner of 11 races. This colt will sell as Lot 97.

Matins (Seattle Slew), the dam of Prowl (Marauding), winner of the Gr1 Golden Slipper, has a colt by Elusive Quality (Gone West), the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones, and Champion Sire in the USA in 2004. The colt, which will sell as Lot 121, is inbred to Raise A Native.

Lot 130, a filly by Monashee Mountain (Danzig), is a full sister to Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap winner, La Montagna, out of Millennial, by Hatta’s Mill (Green Desert). This filly is inbred 3 x 5 to Danzig, and looks likely to be a speedy type.

2004 Australian Horse of the Year Lonhro (Octagonal) is the sire of Lot 140, a colt out of Miss Guilty (Kinski, by Nijinsky), the dam of Australian Gr1 winner Mr Innocent (Mr Henrysee) who scored 14 times, mainly at Graded or Listed race level. Miss Guilty is also the dam of dual Listed race winner, Verdict Declared, a full brother to Mr Innocent.

Lot 228 is a grey filly by Gr1 winner Zeditave (The Judge), out of Listed placed Preview (Kenmare), and thus a half sister to Australian Gr1 winner Pillaging (Marauding), who later raced successfully in both Hong Kong and Macau as Helene Pillaging.

Catalogued as Lot 260 is a rangy bay colt by Australian Gr1 winner General Nediym (Nediym, by Shareef Dancer) out of Red Slippers (Citidancer), the dam of Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint Cup winner All Thrills Too, a winner of eight races in total.

Lot 262, a workmanlike, chesnut son of Rock Of Gibraltar, is a half brother to Gr1 Coolmore Classic and Gr2 Surround Stakes winner, Regal Cheer (Arena), out of Gr2 winner and Gr1 placed Regal Chamber (Archregent). The colt’s pedigree is heavily laden with Northern Dancer.

Lot 265 is a colt by leading Australian sire Redoute’s Choice (Danehill), out of Gr2 winner Regal Kiss (Royal Academy), a half sister to Gr1 winner Undoubtedly (Redoute’s Choice).

One of the 15 offspring of Kentucky Derby winner, Fusaichi Pegasus, on sale is Lot 274, a half brother to Quick Star (Success Express), winner of the Gr1 AJC Champagne Stakes. The dam is Rhys’ Star (Biscawong, by Biscay). Rhys’ Star is inbred 4 x 4 to the great Star Kingdom.

Lot 280 is a full brother, by Gr1 July Cup winner Stravinsky (Nureyev), the Champion Sire of Two-Year-Olds in New Zealand in 2005/06, out of Rose Of Tralee (Sadler’s Wells), to treble Gr1 winning filly Serenade Rose. The pair is inbred 4 x 4 to Northern Dancer.

Dual New Zealand Gr1 winner Greene Street (Zabeel) has a half sister by Anabaa on sale as Lot 318. The filly’s dam, Shadyside (Vice Regal) was unraced, but she has also produced Cateclipse (Catbird), who has scored eight times and who won a Gr3 race.

Lot 333 is a full sister to Gr1 winner Snitzel, the second highest rated three-year-old colt of last season, by Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice out of Snippets’ Lass (Snippets), herself a multiple Listed race winner.

Gr1 Queensland Derby winner, Ice Chariot, has a full brother on sale, to be vended as Lot 335. The colt is by Semipalatinsk (Nodouble) out of Snow Chariot (Chariot), a six time winner.

Tale Of The Cat (Storm Cat), the champion US sire of two-year-olds in 2003, is the sire of Lot 378, a half brother to Racing To Win (Encosta de Lago), who jointly headed last season’s Australian three-year-old classification. The dam, Surrealist (Kenny’s best Pal) is a full sister to Mardi’s Magic, a Gr2 winner in Australia.

Lot 410 is a Danehill Dancer half brother to Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Teranaba (Anabaa) out of Tristera (Sir Tristram), herself a Gr3 winner.

Seven-time Gr1 winning Rock Of Gibraltar (Danehill) has a half sister to Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner, La Volta (Laranto) on offer as Lot 424. The dam, Vegahoney (Todvega), has also produced dual Listed race winner Terevega, a full sister to La Volta.

Exceed And Excel (Danehill) is the sire of Lot 427, a three parts brother to the brilliant dual Gr1 winner Ha Ha (Danehill), whose eight victories included the STC Golden Slipper Stakes. The dam, Very Droll (Crown Jester), was herself a Listed stakes winner and a three-parts sister to highly successful sire, Rory’s Jester. A full brother to Ha Ha, Dry Humour won seven races, including a Listed event.

Lot 439 is a short-coupled, attractive full sister by Strategic (Zeditave) to joint top rated three-year-old sprinter of his year, Mistegic, winner of the Gr1 AJC Galaxy Handicap as well as three Gr2 races. The dam, Volcanic Mist (Volcanic Prince), was twice Listed placed.

Lot 488 is a half sister to Jymcarew (Danzero), winner of the Gr1 Canterbury Guineas. She is by General Nediym (Nediym) out of Aperto (Grosvenor), who has also produced Gr3 placed Born To Rule (Hennessy).

A strongly made, classy colt is Lot 526, a Fusaichi Pegasus half brother to Bel Esprit (Royal Academy), the top Australian juvenile of 2001-02 and a winner of two Gr1 races. The dam is Bespoken (Vain), who has produced six winners from her eight foals to race.

Champion Australian sprinter Exceed And Excel (Danehill) is the sire of a half brother to the Champion Australian three-year-old colt of 2001-02, Universal Prince (Scenic). Catalogued as Lot 529, he is out of Biscay Bird (Bluebird), who is also the dam of Gr3 winner Universal Queen (a full sister to Universal Prince).

New Zealand Gr1 winner Rockabubble (Bubble Gum Fellow) has a half sister by Bel Esprit on sale as Lot 531. The filly’s dam is Blond Rocket (Rory’s Jester), a full sister to dual Gr1 and Gr2 winner, Chortle.

Lot 548 is a very striking Choisir (Danehill Dancer) colt, who is a half brother to Stratum (Redoute’s Choice), winner of the Gr1 STC Golden Slipper Stakes. A flashy, striking chesnut, more refined than his sire, he is out of the Luskin Star mare, Bourgeois, who was unraced.

Flying Spur (Danehill), a Gr1 STC Golden Slipper winner, is the sire of a half brother to top racemare Googee Walk (Success Express), the champion sprinter/miler in New Zealand in 1998, and herself the dam of Activation (Zabeel), a Gr3 winner. This colt, catalogued as Lot 537, is out of Gr1 Goodwood Handicap and Gr2 Linlithgow Stakes winner, Boardwalk Angel (Bletchingly).

Lot 583, a filly by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg (Hennessy), is a half sister to Gr1 Emirates Stakes winner Scenic Peak (Scenic), out of the Marscay mare Chesapeake, an unraced half sister to dual Gr3 winner Real Dream (Vain).

Lot 726 is a robust, close-coupled, three quarter sister to champion sprinter and sire Choisir, by Danehill Dancer out of Great Chic (Prince of Birds), Choisir’s half sister. Her only other foal to date, Hungry Heart (Springsteen), has been placed during the present racing season.

Dual Gr1 winning sprinter/miler, Dash For Cash (Secret Savings) has a grey half sister by Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus on sale, as Lot 729. The fill’s dam is Gulistan (Rubiton), a full sister to Gr2 winner Rubidium.

Lot 762 is a three parts brother to Gr1 QTC Sires Produce Handicap winner Star Shiraz (Sequalo), being by Sequalo out of a half sister to the dam of Star Shiraz, Blu Power (Blu Tusmani). This one looks like developing into an exceptionally racy colt, with strong hind quarters.

A sister in blood to none other than Silent Witness (El Moxie), winner of 17 consecutive sprint races in Hong Kong, is Lot 856, who is by El Moxie (Conquistador Cielo), out of the mare Jade Cherie (Bureaucracy), a full sister to Silent Witness’ dam Jade Tiara.

And finally, of those yearlings closely related to Gr1 winners, is Lot 947, a half brother to Gr1 Melbourne Cup and Gr1 Auckland Cup winner Jezabeel (Zabeel). By Encosta de Lago (Fairy King), out of Passefleur (Vice Regal), a half sister to multiple graded race winner, Frontier Boy (Grosvenor). He’s a handsome bay, with a good head and a powerful forearm.

Among the good racemares whose progeny will be on sale this year are Melbourne Cup winner Jezabeel, Golden Slipper winner Merlene, and champion two-year-old Victory Vein. All three are represented by fillies sired by Encosta de Lago.

With its exciting atmosphere and the excellence of the horses on offer, not to mention the fact that there will be horses to suit all manner of buyers, the Magic Millions Sales in 2007 is likely to attract both racing’s elite and those in search of a good racehorse at affordable prices.

Filed on 18 Dec 2006 @ 15:12