SALUTER WINS THRILLING MM GUINEAS

Saluter upset fancied runners Sizzling and Driefontein to score a deserved big race win in the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) this afternoon.

Trainer Jason McLachlan wiped away tears as he dedicated the million dollar win to his late father Bruce.

“Dad won three Magic Millions’ but he never won the Guineas,” McLachlan said moments after the thrilling three way finish.

“I hope he’s watching from up there – that’s for you Dad,” he added.

Star Queensland rider Damian Browne had Saluter well positioned outside Driefontein for much of the race before hitting the front in the shadows of the post.

The Slade Bloodstock syndication then held out the Brisbane based favourite Sizzling to win by a short neck. Sizzling in turn was a nose ahead of Driefontein.

Saluter, an $80,000 purchase from the Epic Farm draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, has boosted to earnings toover $840,000.

“He’s been the unluckiest horse ever,” McLachlan said. “I said the owners, they thought I was a little silly, that he’d nearly win this race.”

“I’d aimed him at it. But all the big names they were all rating the other horses and mine never got a look in.”

“In his last few runs he’s had no luck. He’s a good horse – he just proved that. He crossed and sat outside the leader and still won.”

“He’s very strong to the line. I said last time in, to Rob Slade, that he’d win a big race this horse and this is one I wanted to win.”

“(Dad) got beaten a nose with Picaday in this race – it’s very special,” McLachlan added.

“I told Rob and connections that this is the race I’d set him for and that he’d be spot on – it’s a huge thrill.”

Today’s win was the third in six starts for Saluter. In between he had a second, third and fourth -the last two in stakes races with strong form around Guineas favourite Sizzling.

Proven Group One winning colt Sizzling lost no admirers as he covered ground after drawing the outside barrier and was still coming strongly at the line.

Third placegetter Driefontein, the reigning Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner, battled on strongly after leading and was right there at the finish. Hoss Amor was the best of the unplaced brigade in fourth place, ahead of roughie Noogoora Burr.

Saluter is the 53rd individual stakes winner for his sire, Missile Stakes winning Danehill horse Commands.

The leading Australian sire by winners on no fewer than three occasions, Commands is responsible for Group One winners including Purple, Undue, Epaulette, Appearance, Russeting and Commanding Jewel.

His dam, the Show a Heart mare Rosekay Heart, won two races in Brisbane at two and is a half sister to the McLachlan trained 11 time winner and stakes placegetter Nellie Got There.

The family also includes the former Queensland champion Vo Rogue.

GROUP ONE FUTURE TIPPED FOR BENNETTA

Leading Sydney trainer Grahame Begg predicted a bright future for Bennetta after she scored a sizzling win in the $200,000 R.M.Williams Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m) at the Gold Coast this afternoon.

After missing a run in the million dollar Magic Millions 3YO Guineas to be run later today, Bennetta was aimed at the fillies and mares feature.

Racing off the speed for much of the race, Bennetta produced an amazing finishing burst to reel in the leaders and race clear for the easiest of wins.

At the post the General Nediym filly had a two and a quarter length margin over bonny country mare Playtime, while Canberra’s Capital Commander was another half length back in third place.

Begg showed plenty of emotion after the race while admitting to having a massive opinion of the filly.

“She’s a horse that is really on the move,” Begg said. “She’s pretty exciting.”

“We like her a lot and we think she’s pretty smart.”

“She’s had a pretty easy week. We gave her a good gallop at home last Saturday morning and James (McDonald) rode her and he gave her the right feel.”

“I think there’s bigger things in store,” he added. “She’ll be in the paddock on Monday.”

“I really feel that a race like the Coolmore Classic over 1500 metres will be perfect for her.”

“She is so relaxed. She’s not your typical General Nediym jump and run type of horse. It’s pretty exciting.”

“We’ve been waiting for her for a while,” the emotional trainer added.

Bennetta carries the colours of the Altomonte’s Corumbene Stud – they bred the filly and offered her at the 2011 Gold Coast Yearling Sale but after failing to reach her reserve price of $80,000 she was retained to race.

It was a stroke of luck for connections as she’s already won over $200,000 and with a trainer confident she can measure up to Group One class that figure looks certain to rise over the coming months and seasons.

A daughter of the 1997 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner General Nediym, Bennetta is one of three winners for her dam Diva’s Magic.

By Redoute’s Choice, Diva’s Magic won over 1400 metres and was Sydney placed before retiring to stud. She is a half sister to the Moonee Valley based stakes winner Cyberiad.

Aside from Bennetta, Diva’s Magic is the dam of the three time Hong Kong winner Tom’s Eighth as well as once time winner The Thirteenth.

REDOUTE’S CHOICE COLT TOPS SESSION THREE

A stunning colt by Redoute’s Choice has topped the third session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The first foal of Group One winner Apercu, the colt attracted just two bids, but that was enough to see the prized lot from Newgate Farm sell for a cool $800,000.

Leading Sydney trainer John O’Shea was the successful bidder and he was delighted with the latest addition to his stable.

“He’s the best Redoute’s Choice (yearling) I have seen in a long time,” O’Shea said. “The best since Fast ‘n’ Famous.”

“He is a very nice colt,” he added.

After missing out on yesterday’s top selling colt, bloodstock agent James Harron secured the Lonhro-Cirque du Soleil filly from Evergreen Stud.

Harron, bidding on behalf of long time client Dr Edmund Bateman, went to $675,000 to buy the prized filly.

“She is a magnificent filly and very, very athletic,” Harron said. “She has a fantastic pedigree to go with it.”

“We rated her as the best filly of the sale. I loved her and to have the pedigree to go with her looks is a bonus,” he added.

Another highlight of the day was when James Bester secured the Redoute’s Choice-Daralara colt from the draft of Arrowfield Stud for $575,000.

“He is as nice a Redoute’s Choice colt as I’ve seen,” Bester said. “He has a wonderful action and extends beautifully in front.”

“He has the class to be a Guineas and Derby horse from a great Aga Khan family.”

Bester said David Hayes would train the colt.

With a strong day’s trade the sale gross grew to $55,782,500 up almost $4 million on the first three sessions last year.

The average price sits at $133,771 and the clearance rate has improved to 81 per cent.

“The sale is going well,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox reported this evening.

“There’s strong demand for quality yearlings and we’ve still got plenty more of those to sell tomorrow night.”

“We’d love to see the clearance rate continue to grow – at the end of session four last year it was 84 per cent and we’d love to get near that again.”

“We’re really looking forward to tomorrow’s Magic Millions raceday with quality fields and world class racing set for the Gold Coast,” Cox added.

The fourth session of the auction will follow the races from 6pm (Qld time).

SALE STATISTICS
(S1-3 from 2012 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 570 (540)
Sale Gross: $55,782,500 ($51,967,500)
Average Price: $133,771 ($127,684)
Median Price: $105,000 ($100,000)
Top Price: $1,350,000 ($960,000)
Lots Sold: 417 (407)
Lots Withdrawn: 53 (55)
Lots Passed In: 100 (78)
Sold %: 81 (84)

SESSION THREE TOP SELLERS

$800,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Apercu colt
Vendor: Newgate Farm (As Agent) / Buyer: John O’Shea Racing (NSW)

$675,000 – Lonhro-Cirque du Soleil filly
Evergreen Stud Farm (As Agent) / James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)

$575,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Daralara colt
Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / James Bester Bloodstock (NSW)

$575,000 – Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet colt
Newgate Farm (As Agent) / Spicer Thoroughbreds (Vic)

$400,000 – Fastnet Rock-Elite Circle colt
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK)

LEADING BUYERS
(ranked by total spend)

$5,540,000 – Gai Waterhouse & James Harron B’stock (NSW) – 23 lots
$2,100,000 – Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK) – 8 lots
$1,930,000 – Star Thoroughbreds (NSW) – 18 lots
$1,530,000 – John O’Shea Racing (NSW) – 4 lots
$1,400,000 – Ingordo Bloodstock (USA) – 10 lots
$1,165,000 – Mark Kavanagh (Vic) – 5 lots
$1,070,000 – Peter Moody Racing (Vic) – 10 lots

STAR COLT MAKES $1.35 MILLION ON GOLD COAST

A colt by sire sensation Fastnet Rock has rocketed to the top of the leaderboard at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Consigned by Lomar Park Stud, the colt from the well bred mare Smart Company sold for $1.35 million – the highest price seen at the sale since 2009.

Tom Magnier from Coolmore Australia signed for the colt after a fierce bidding duel with agent James Harron, bidding for long time client Dr Edmund Bateman.

“We know how the well the stallion is going and the colt is a lovely individual,” Magnier said. “He is by the right sire and we’re delighted to have him.”

“You have to pay for the good ones and he’s a good one,” Magnier added. “He has the type and the pedigree.”

Magnier immediately announced champion Randwick trainer Gai Waterhouse would be given the high priced colt to train.

“He’s just a magnificent colt,” Waterhouse said.

“He’s poetry in motion and the last colt I said that about was Pierro and he turned out a champion and from this sale as well – let’s hope he turns out as good.”

“There’s good speed in the family and I am delighted to be given him to train by Coolmore Stud. He just glides over the ground, such an exciting colt.”

There was no surprise in seeing leading Flemington trainer Mark Kavanagh securing a pair of quality youngsters by top international sire Street Cry.

He went toe to toe with Hong Kong’s George Moore to buy Baramul Stud’s Villa Bled colt for $550,000.

“I bought him with a couple of good stable clients in mind,” Kavanagh said. “But there’s a few shares still available and he’ll fill fast.”

“The stable has obviously had a lot of luck with the breed with Whobegotyou and Shocking and others and this bloke is better bred than them and looks a better type at the same stage.”

“I’m excited to buy him. You don’t often see a horse of his quality and he really took my eye,” Kavanagh added.

Kavanagh also signed for a Street Cry colt from World Peace, again from Baramul Stud, for $280,000.

Former top racecaller and media identity David Raphael has made his mark at the auction stepping up to buy Vinery Stud’s Encosta de Lago colt from Sliding Cube for $460,000.

Gai Waterhouse and James Harron continued their strong buying spree after two sessions they have signed for 16 lots at a spend of $4.33 million.

Waterhouse’s syndication partner Star Thoroughbreds have signed for 14 likely prospects at a spend of $1.54 million.

Splitting those two on the leading buyers table is the Hong Kong Jockey Club with its 7 lots costing $1.7 million.

“There’s been a great spread of buyers to date,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox reported.

“The sale had a couple of soft patches during the day, but warmed up as the day continued and overall we’re happy with the results achieved.”

“We’re keen to see the clearance rate continue to rise and it won’t be long before hitting 80 per cent. A goal would be to get to 85 per cent – if that was achieved it would be phenomenal.”

“There’s been some great bidding duels over the two days so far and there’s also been some great value on offer.”

“We’ve still got some high quality lots to go under the hammer during tomorrow’s third session and Saturday night’s session four,” Cox added.

The third session of the auction will commence at 11am (Qld time) tomorrow.

To view the online results and to make an offer on passed in lots click here.

SALE STATISTICS
(S1-2, 2012 in bracktes)

Lots Catalogued: 380 (360)
Sale Gross: $36,115,000 ($33,530,000)
Average Price: $132,289 ($127,977)
Median Price: $105,000 ($100,000)
Top Price: $1,350,000 ($960,000)
Lots Sold: 273 (262)
Lots Withdrawn: 36 (35)
Lots Passed In: 71 (63)
Sold %: 79.4 (80.6)

SESSION TWO TOP SELLERS

$1,350,000 – Fastnet Rock-Smart Company colt
Vendor: Lomar Park Stud / Buyer: Coolmore Australia (NSW)

$550,000 – Street Cry-Villa Bled colt
Baramul Stud / Mark Kavanagh (Vic)

$460,000 – Encosta de Lago-Sliding Cube colt
Vinery Stud (As Agent) / David Raphael (NSW)

$400,000 – Fastnet Rock-Volcada colt
Broadwater Thoroughbreds (As Agent) / John O’Shea Racing (NSW)

LEADING BUYERS
(ranked by total spend)

$4,330,000 – Gai Waterhouse & James Harron B’stock (NSW) – 16 lots
$1,700,000 – Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK) – 7 lots
$1,540,000 – Star Thoroughbreds (NSW) – 14 lots
$1,350,000 – Coolmore Australia (NSW) – 1 lot
$1,050,000 – Mark Kavanagh (Vic) – 4 lots
$1,040,000 – Ingordo Bloodstock (USA) – 8 lots

FASTNET ROCK DOMINATES MILLIONS OPENER

It was the Gai Waterhouse, James Harron and Fastnet Rock show at the Magic Millions sales complex today as the 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale made a solid start.

Waterhouse and Harron, last year’s leading buyers, were out in force again and secured today’s two session toppers for $500,000 and rounded out the day securing eight yearlings at a spend of $2.53 million.

The pair of yearlings sharing the top honours and headed to Waterhouse’s record breaking stables are by champion sire Fastnet Rock and sold through the draft of Coolmore Stud.

The first of the half million dollar sellers was the Fastnet Rock-Legally Bay filly, a full sister to Group One performer Jolie Bay.

“She is the best bred filly out of a top class mare,” Waterhouse exclaimed. “How can you go wrong?”

“She has a gorgeous demeanour,” she added.

After being originally passed in, the Fastnet Rock-Liberty Rose colt from Coolmore Stud will also be heading to Randwick after being purchased by Waterhouse and Harron for $500,000.

“It’s a great sale and I think there is some terrific value,” Waterhouse added. “I’ve had so much success buying from the sale and I love the Gold Coast.”

Waterhouse’s good friend, leading Sydney syndicator Denise Martin, buying under her Star Thoroughbred operation, snapped up nine yearlings to be the sale’s second leading buyer to date with a spend of $970,000.

First season sires were popular during the day and a colt by Victorian based sprinter Wanted topped the first season progeny sales list when he told for $460,000 late in the session.

The sale topper at last year’s National Weanling Sale, the colt was consigned by Newgate Farm and after a fierce bidding war it was Hong Kong’s George Moore who held the bid when the hammer fell.

“I knew he was going to be popular and we had to see off Gai Waterhouse to buy him,” Moore said.

“He wasn’t cheap, but he is a magnificent individual and we’ve also had some great success buying top yearlings by first season sires here in the past.”

All up over the session over $17.3 million was traded on 135 lots sold – the average price, like the gross, up on last year’s opening session.

The clearance rate today of 77 per cent was also up on the 75 per cent achieved for the corresponding session twelve months ago.

“It was a satisfactory day of selling,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox noted.

“The gross, average, median and clearance are all up a bit on last year’s opening session, but last year’s sale’s figures did rise and we’re hoping this can happen again this year.”

“We had a great spread of buyers and importantly we have some outstanding youngsters to go under the hammer over the coming few days,” Cox added.

The second session of the sale will commence at 11am (Qld time) tomorrow. Those unable to be at the complex can catch the action live via the Magic Millions website.

SESSION ONE STATISTICS
(2012 session one in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 190 (180)
Sale Gross: $17,372,500 ($14,750,000)
Average Price: $128,685 ($118,952)
Median Price: $105,000 ($100,000)
Top Price: $500,000 ($450,000)
Lots Sold: 135 (124)
Lots Withdrawn: 15 (14)
Lots Passed In: 40 (42)
Sold %: 77 (75)

SESSION ONE TOP SELLERS

$500,000 – Fastnet Rock-Legally Bay filly
Vendor: Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / Gai Waterhouse & James Harron B’stock (NSW)

$500,000 – Fastnet Rock-Liberty Rose colt
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / Gai Waterhouse & James Harron B’stock (NSW)

$460,000 – Fastnet Rock-My Lady’s Chamber colt
Lomar Park Stud / Gai Waterhouse & James Harron B’stock (NSW)

$460,000 – Wanted-Regal Arena colt
Newgate Farm (As Agent) / George Moore Bloodstock (HK)

$400,000 – Snitzel-Miss Kournikova filly
Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Dan Bougoure (Qld)

LEADING BUYERS
(ranked by total spend)

$2,530,000 – Gai Waterhouse & James Harron B’stock (NSW) – 8 lots
$970,000 – Star Thoroughbreds (NSW) – 9 lots
$780,000 – Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK) – 4 lots
$640,000 – Moody Racing (Vic) – 5 lots