Unencumbered Magic in Millions Classic

Unencumbered capped a near faultless campaign when he stormed to victory in today’s $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.

Having now won Queensland’s richest event in fine style, Unencumbered will be out to capture the world’s richest juvenile race, the Golden Slipper in April.

Connections of the outstanding juvenile were jumping for joy when the bargain buy raced to a famous win, his fifth in six lifetime starts.

Unencumbered ($3.20 fav) enjoyed a good run under Nathan Berry for most of the race and he chased down Oakleigh Girl ($7) to hit the front and draw clear for a three quarter length win.

Ruby Soho ($17) was another two and three quarter lengths back in third place, while Gai Waterhouse’s Cyclone ($13) was the best of the unplaced bridge in fourth place.

“We will give Unencumbered a break now as he has had six starts,” a delighted trainer Bjorn Baker said. “But we will have to look at the Golden Slipper in April.”

“Attitude. Attitude. That has been the key with Unencumbered. He has just kept getting better and he has been so relaxed about it.”

“Nathan (Berry) is like the horse, he just gets better and better,” Baker added.

Nathan Berry who was riding in the famous race for the first time said he had plenty of restless moments leading into the race.

“I had only a total of five hours sleep on Thursday and Friday nights. I was tossing and turning and I wish I had never done the form,” he said.

“Every horse in the field was going through my head.”

Nathan joins his brother Tommy who already has his name on the Classic honour roll after wins aboard Karuta Queen and Driefontein.

“Tom said to me to ride it like it was a $2,000 race.”

“To be honest he got me through this today. I was very nervous and the words I had with him really did the trick.”

“We’re not just brothers, we’re best mates,” Berry added.

Berry predicted more riches were within reach for Unencumbered following his latest win.

“I’m telling you, we haven’t seen the best of this horse yet,” he noted.

Purchased by Bjorn Baker for $70,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Unencumbered has already turned into an incredible money spinner for connections.

Runner-up Oakleigh Girl pocketed a cool $325,000 on top of her second prizemoney purse when she won the Magic Millions Racing Women Bonus.

Also collecting with that unique incentive were the all female connections of Ruby Soho ($100,000), Sagatona ($50,000) and Pinch River ($25,000).

The winner Unencumbered is a graduate of Newhaven Park, the same farm which sold yesterday’s $1 million Redoute’s Choice-Hades colt at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Today’s $2 million race winner is a son of Vinery Stud sire Testa Rossa, a winner of the Magic Millions Classic himself in 1999.

He is from the stakes winning More Than Ready mare Blizzardly, a winner of three races, including two at two, headlined by the Keith Mackay Handicap at listed level.

Testa Rossa became the second Classic winner to sire a winner of Queensland’s richest race, following on from General Nediym who has sired two winners of the race in Regimental Gal and Military Rose.

Sweet Idea Too Good in Guineas

Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse notched a third win in the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast today when Sweet Idea led throughout for a popular win.

One of the fancied runners, Sweet Idea was able to cross from an outside gate and control the speed and kick away from her rivals in the home straight.

Estonian Princess tried hard in the straight to run second and race favourite Enquare was third, but they were no match for the winner.

It was the third win on the day for Waterhouse after winning earlier in the day with Driefontein and Whittington.

“She’s a very good filly,” Waterhouse said. “She was a high class two-year-old who ran second in a Magic Millions (Classic) and then third in the Slipper.”

“She’s been at the top level for a long time and she’s just such a talented galloper.”

“For a top two-year-old, she has come back better as a three-year-old. She keeps on improving all the time.”

Former AFL star Campbell Brown is a part owner in Sweet Idea and he was a happy man in the winner’s circle.

“It was a super win,” Brown said. “We were a little bit concerned as she hadn’t run 1400 metres before but she came out and blew them away it was fantastic.”

“Anyone who knows me will know it’s going to be a big night tonight,” he added.

Sweet Idea was purchased by Gai Waterhouse and James Harron for $240,00 from the draft of Arrowfield Stud at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

She is raced by a large team of owners including local brothers and well known racehorse owners David and Luke Henderson.

The connections spent $200,000 buying Sweet Idea’s full sister at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale and she will be joining the Waterhouse stable soon.

Sweet Idea is Waterhouse’s third win in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, following success in the race in 2002 and 2003 with Ha Ha and Biaggio respectively.

One of three winners for the stakes performed Timber Country mare Flidais, Sweet Idea is a daughter of former outstanding Magic Millions graduate Snitzel.

Flidais, a winner over 1850 metres, earned black type with a third placing in the Group Three Adrian Knox Stakes and as well as Sweet Idea she is the dam of the Singapore based group performer Rush.

It’s a family Waterhouse knows well as she also trained Sweet Idea’s second dam Electronic – a former classy performer who won nine races including the two at Group One level in Sydney.

Whittington Sizzles in Millions Sprint

Tommy Berry notched a treble and trainer Gai Waterhouse and syndicator Denise Martin a double when Whittington proved too slick for his rivals in the $200,000 Myer Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) at the Gold Coast today.

Sent out the favourite, Whittington sat on the speed throughout before hitting the front in the straight and holding out his rivals for a strong first up win.

In winning, Whittington broke the track record – covering the 1100 metre trip in a blistering 1 minute 1.77 seconds in beating Emmalene by a neck, while Steel Zip flew home from the rear of the field to run third, another length and three quarters back.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse was thrilled the performance of the son of Tale of the Cat who was racing for the first time since running third in the Heritage Stakes in October.

“He was a really high class young horse and he’s really come of age now,” Waterhouse said.

“We came here to make an impact – not only in the sale ring, but also the racetrack and here we are.”

Waterhouse predicted bigger and better things from Whittington, who will return to Sydney for more short course feature events.

“He’s a very, very good horse and you’ll see him in some of the big sprints.”

The first runner for the stakes winning Beautiful Crown mare Maha Chakri, Whittington was bred and sold by Patinack Farm fror $145,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

He was purchased by Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds, the same outfit which also purchased today’s Fillies and Mares Handicap winner Driefontein.

“It’s a great day and it proves that if you do your homework you can find some great horses over the road and have some wonderful success,” Martin said.

Million Dollar Colt Shines on Gold Coast

A colt by super sire Redoute’s Choice topped the magical seven figure barrier to cap a great Day Three at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

On a day where the strong bidding continued after a remarkable opening two days, it was Newhaven Park’s colt from Hades who stole the show when he sold for $1 million.

In an amazing twist it was a case of John and Sarah Kelly from Newhaven selling to Jon and Sarah Kelly of California in what was the American businessman’s first purchase at a Magic Millions auction.

Kelly, seated with trainer Gai Waterhouse, outbid Damion Flower and Gerald Ryan on the star offering when he was presented at the auction this afternoon.

“He is probably the nicest young colt in the sale,” Kelly said. “He has a great shoulder and hip on him.”

“He might go as far as a mile. He needs to grow a little bit, but he has all the goods.”

“He is from a beautiful mare so he is very well bred and he meets the criteria that I set up for acquistions, so I am very pleased to buy him,” he added.

Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said he had been a great friend of the US based Kelly family for a number of years.

“It gave me great personal satisfaction with the sale of the colt to Jon and Sarah,” Cox said. “You could say I was even a little emotional.”

“Jon had promised to come to a Magic Millions sale and I was so glad he came and was able to find such an outstanding colt that will stay in Australia and race with Gai Waterhouse,” Cox added.

Just minutes after that colt was led out of the ring it was the turn of Milburn Creek’s Fastnet Rock filly from Headway who lit up the sale ring when she sold to Coolmore’s Tom Magnier for $700.000.

John Muir’s Milburn Creek Thoroughbreds team presented the horse at the auction on behalf of Tony and Deslee Santic’s Makybe operation in Victoria.

“She is just a lovely filly and we are lucky to have her and all we need now is a bit of luck,” Magnier said.

“The lads had seen her around the farm and we saw her here. She was a standout, all the right people liked her.”

Gai Waterhouse is in the driving seat to get the Headway filly to train when it comes time to hit the racetrack.

As well as having the two top sellers heading to her Randwick stables, Waterhouse joined with James Harron to continue her buying spree with her sale haul up to 34 lots at a spend of almost $7 million.

Another 14 horses will be headed to the stable already purchased by Bruce Slade’s Round Table Racing in partnership with James Harron.

“There’s not much more I can say about the sale,” Vin Cox said this evening. “It’s been a remarkable few days and the spirited bidding continues.”

“It’s great to see the clearance rate still over 88 per cent – that is a phenomenal result and a credit to our team for selecting a catalogue of horses that so appealed to buyers.”

The action switches to the track tomorrow for the $4.7 million Magic Millions Raceday before the sale ring lights up from 6pm for Day Four of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

To see the latest sale results and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.

To view a sale review video from today click here.

(2013 – D1-3 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 570 (570)
Sale Gross: $63,447,500 ($55,782,500)
Average Price: $139,445 ($133,771)
Median Price: $120,000 ($105,000)
Top Price: $1,000,000 ($1,350,000)
Lots Sold: 455 (417)
Lots Withdrawn: 53 (53)
Lots Passed In: 61 (100)
Sold %: 88 (81)


$1,000,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Hades colt (Lot 434)
Vendor: Newhaven Park / Buyer: Jon Kelly (USA)/Gai Waterhouse/James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)

$700,000 – Fastnet Rock-Headway filly (Lot 439)
Milburn Creek (As agent for Makybe) / Tom Magnier (NSW)

$500,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Luna Bella filly (Lot 534)
Arrowfield Stud / James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)

$460,000 – Fastnet Rock-Fleur De’Here filly (Lot 398)
Newgate Farm / Chris Waller Racing (NSW)

$400,000 – Fastnet Rock-I Promise filly (Lot 461)
Newgate Farm / Gai Waterhouse/James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)

$400,000 – Street Cry-Kakakakatie colt (Lot 489)
Baramul Stud / Medallion Thoroughbreds (SA)

$400,000 – Encosta De Lago-Melito colt (Lot 560)
Coolmore Stud / Katsumi Yoshida (Japan)

(ranked by total spend)

$6,890,000 – Gai Waterhouse/James Harron Bloodstock (NSW) – 34 lots
$2,172,500 – Star Thoroughbreds (NSW) – 17 lots
$1,975,000 – Round Table Racing/James Harron Bloodstock (NSW) – 14 lots
$1,735,000 – Lindsay Park Bloodstock (Vic) – 12 lots
$1,615,000 – Chris Waller Racing (NSW) – 8 lots

(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$308,125 – Redoute’s Choice – 8 sold
$280,000 – Fastnet Rock – 22 sold
$243,333 – Street Cry – 6 sold
$236,667 – I Am Invincible – 6 sold
$212,500 – Northern Meteor – 14 sold

Solid Selling Continues as Clearance Soars at Magic Millions

The clearance rate soared as demand for quality continued today on day two of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

A colt by Exceed and Excel and a filly by Fastnet Rock shared the top selling honour on the day when they were both knocked down for $400,000.

During an unprecedented day of selling, the cumulative sale average soared to 88.44 per cent, while the average remained ahead of last year’s figures at the same stage of the auction.

Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said he couldn’t have been happier with how the day unfolded.

“It is quite incredible,” Cox said. “With a clearance rate sitting at 88.5 per cent it is quite astounding.”

“We have a job to do, which is to get as many good horse as we can in the sale and then sell them as best we can and hope that the vendors are happy with what they are geting and buyers are equally as happy to purchased whatever price that may be.”

“We have a very good team in the Bloodstock Department that do a lot of work, led by Barry Bowditch. Full credit to them, it is a very even bunch of horses and the market is telling us that.”

Young New Zealand based bloodstock agent Glen Harvey joined forces with renowned horseman Paul Moroney to buy a well bred daughter of Fastnet Rock for $400,000 from the draft of Newgate Farm.

The filly is the second foal of the group winning Giant’s Causeway mare Awesome Planet and was presented at the auction by Newgate Farm on behalf of Western Australia’s Gold Front Breeding operation.

Co-buyer Paul Moroney said the filly ticked many boxes and we was thrilled to join with Harvey and buy the filly.

“We absolutely loved her,” Moroney said. “I thought she was probably the best filly of the sale on pedigree and type.”

“She’s a lovely athlete who stood over ground. Whatever she looks like now, in another twelve months she’s going to be a big, strong filly.”

The other yearling to share top billing today was Burnewang North Pastoral’s Exceed and Excel colt from Dubai Dream who sold to Sun Bloodstock for $400,000.

“We see that the pedigree is very good,” Sun Bloodstock’s Australian CEO Alvin Lui said. “We see him as a potential stallion.”

The colt’s new trainer Gai Waterhouse was thrilled to have been selected to prepare the youngster.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “He’s an extremely precocious horse, very fluid when he walks. He’s very nicely put together.”

“Mr Kong from China is an owner of mine and he had the horse that won the other day, Fighting Sun. He’s excited about the sale and why wouldn’t he be.”

“It’s a very strong sale, but there’s great value,” Waterhouse summed up.

The third top price of the day was the $390,000 traded for the Fastnet Rock-Black Minx filly from Newgate Farm, who acted as agent for Victoria’s Morning Rise Stud.

Segenhoe Stud signed for that attractive filly, the second foal of the multiple stakes winning Lonhro mare Black Minx.

The demand for youngsters by leading first season sire I Am Invincible continued and he leads the sire table for three or more sold with an average price of $254,000 – a hefty price considering they were conceived off an $11,000 service fee.

The formidable Gai Waterhouse/James Harron partnership heads the buyers list with a total spend so far of $3.98 million on 22 lots.

The third day of the sale, with an outstanding line up of lots on offer, will be held at the Gold Coast Sales Complex from 11am (Qld time) tomorrow.

To view a review of Day Two click here.

To recap the sale results and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.

(Days 1-2, 2013 in brackets)

Catalogued: 380 (380)
Gross: $41,007,500 ($36,115,000)
Average: $133,575 ($132,289)
Median Price: $120,000 ($105,000)
Top Price: $450,000 ($1,350,000)
Lots Sold: 307 (273)
Lots Withdrawn: 32 (36)
Lots Passed In: 40 (71)
Sold %: 88.44 (79)


$400,000 – Exceed and Excel- Dubai Dream colt (Lot 344)
Vendor: Burnewang North Pastoral / Buyer: Sun Bloodstock (HK)

$400,000 – Fastnet Rock- Awesome Planet filly (Lot 223)
Newgate Farm / Glen Harvey Bloodstock/Paul Moroney Bloodstock (NZ)

$390,000 – Fastnet Rock- Black Minx filly (Lot 247)
Newgate Farm / Segenhoe Stud (NSW)

$320,000 – Casino Prince- Devil Moon filly (Lot 330)
Patinack Farm / Buyer: Danny Bougoure (Qld)

$320,000 – Testa Rossa- Electric Dreams colt (Lot 353)
Vendor: Vinery Stud / Buyer: George Moore Bloodstock (HK)

(ranked by total spend)

$3,980,000 – Gai Waterhouse/James Harron B’stock (NSW) – 22 lots
$1,722,500 – Star Thoroughbreds (NSW) – 13 lots
$1,440,000 – Sun Bloodstock (Hong Kong) – 7 lots
$1,340,000 – Round Table Racing/James Harron B’stock (NSW) – 9 lots
$1,305,000 – Lindsay Park B’stock (Vic) – 9 lots

(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$254,000 – I Am Invincible – 5 sold
$243,636 – Fastnet Rock – 11 sold
$212,000 – Street Cry – 5 sold
$203,500 – Denman – 10 sold
$201,250 – More Than Ready – 12 sold