Records Tumble as Ten Lots Crack Million on Gold Coast

Ten lots sold for over $1 million during a record breaking Day One of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast today.

Unprecedented international participation led to records being shattered across the board during a memorable day of selling highlighted by the Teeley Assets Dispersal.

Beautifully bred and top producing mare Monsoon Wedding topped the day’s proceedings when she was knocked down to Tom Magnier of Coolmore Stud for $2.3 million.

She was one of two high profile mares on the day purchased by the powerful Coolmore team, with Magnier also signing for Lankan Rupee’s dam Estelle Collection for $1.4 million.

“Both mares are outstanding prospects,” Magnier said. “Both are proven producers and we look forward to them joining the Coolmore team.”

“Monsoon Wedding is from that incredible family, while Estelle Collection is the dam of a champion and we hope she can produce another.”

New Zealand based bloodstock agent Dean Hawthorne went to $1.9 million to secure The Broken Shore, one of five daughters of Shantha’s Choice offered. She was presented in foal to Pierro.

Three other lots sold for $1.5 million – one a daughter of Shantha’s Choice and two from her daughter and sale topper Monsoon Wedding.

New South Wales based Newgate Farm purchased three of the million dollar mares – Quench the Thirst (for $1,500,000), Precious Lorraine ($1,500,000) and Your Life Style ($1,200,000).

Henry Field, for Newgate, purchased all five daughters of Monsoon Wedding with Cafe Scientific ($650,000) and Princess Narine ($600,000) completing the Teeley purchases.

“The majority of them will stay in Australia,” Field said. “To have purchased so many members of the family, we’re blessed.”

“We look forward to further developing this incredible family, hopefully until the day I die!”

James Harron in association with leading American based farm, Hill ‘n’ Dale, signed for two million dollar lots, the three-year-old fillies Taste of Heaven ($1.5 million) and Drifting Cube ($1.1 million).

“It’s an incredibly unique situation,” Harron said. “One which may not come up again for decades to come.”

“It can take breeders and investors a long, long time, a lifetime to find a family that actually works. So to be able to come here and buy the best ready made family in Australia that keeps on producing year after year is extremely unique.”

One of the other million dollar purchases – Rex is a Star – was snapped up by Murray Anderson for $1.1 million and she will be heading to Dundeel this spring.

The Teeley Dispersal grossed over $23 million and averaged a staggering $404,000.

All up over $35.8 million was traded today on 174 lots sold at a record average price of $205,810. The clearance rate rounded out at an exceptional 92 per cent, up on last year’s 85 per cent opening figure.

The demand today for quality lots pushed the gross up 111 per cent on last year’s Day One of the sale. The average soared from $84,929 last year to $205,810 – up some 143 per cent.

“The story is in the numbers,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said this evening.

“From the moment you walked onto the grounds this morning you could sense we were in for something special and we weren’t let down.”

“Not in our wildest dreams could we have imagined these figures.”

“Congratulations must go to the Arrowfield team and those associated with Teeley Assets for presenting such a magnificent draft of horses.”

“The quality of the draft is reflected in the calibre of the investors who participated and that they came from all corners of the globe.”

“Some very prominent breeders have bid but are yet to purchase. We are confident there are lots to attract their attention over the next two days,” Cox added.

To view the results from the sale and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here. To view a video review of Day One of the National Broodmare Sale click here.

Day two of the National Broodmare Sale will commence at 10am tomorrow.

(2013 Day One in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 223 (271)
Lots Sold: 174 (200)
Lots Withdrawn: 33 (36)
Lots Passed In: 16 (35)
Top Price: $2,300,000 ($1,550,000)
Average Price: $205,810 ($84,929)
Sale Gross: $35,811,000 ($16,985,750)
Sold %: 92 (85)


$2,300,000 – Monsoon Wedding (Lot 730)
Vendor: Teeley Dispersal / Buyer: Coolmore Stud (NSW)

$1,900,000 – The Broken Shore (Lot 745)
Teeley Dispersal / Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock (NZ)

$1,500,000 – Quench The Thirst (Lot 736)
Teeley Dispersal / Newgate Farm (NSW)

$1,500,000 – Precious Lorraine (Lot 733)
Teeley Dispersal / Newgate Farm (NSW)

$1,500,000 – Taste of Heaven (Lot 707)
Teeley Dispersal / James Harron B’stock/Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm (USA)

$1,400,000 – Estelle Collection (Lot 714)
Teeley Dispersal / Coolmore Stud (NSW)

$1,200,000 – Your Life Style (Lot 751)
Teeley Dispersal / Newgate Farm (NSW)

$1,100,000 – Drifting Cube (Lot 704)
Teeley Dispersal / James Harron B’stock/Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm (USA)

$1,100,000 – Unspoken Choice (Lot 747)
Teeley Dispersal / Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum (UAE)

$1,100,000 – Rex is a Star (Lot 738)
Teeley Dispersal / Murray Anderson (NSW)

Rodd completes fairytale win

Victorian jockey Michael Rodd completed a lifelong dream at Doomben today, taking out the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) aboard the fast-finishing Spirit of Boom.

It was a masterful ride from Rodd, who in a daring change of tactics settled Spirit of Boom midfield on the rails, before forcing his way off the fence through an impossibly tight gap at the head of the straight.

Once in daylight, Spirit of Boom ($4.80 Equal-favourite) found himself needing every metre of the Doomben straight to reel in half-brother and stable-mate Temple of Boom ($26). The younger sibling prevailed on the line however, recording a resounding half-neck victory, with Robert Heathcote’s evergreen sprinter Buffering ($4.60 EF) a head away in third.

It’s a win that has been a long time coming for Rodd, who has dreamt of winning the Winter Carnival feature as long as he’s been in a saddle.

“This has been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid up here, working for Brian Guy,” Rodd said.

“I remember in the stables in the afternoon, you’d go and watch the Doomben 10,000.

“It was a race I’d always dreamt about winning; even more so than a Melbourne Cup, because I thought this was more within my reach.”

Rodd was elated upon returning to scale, thrilled to continue his successful relationship aboard Spirit of Boom, after the pair combined to take out the Group 1 William Ried Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley earlier this year.

“He’s flying,” he said. “He’s that sort of horse, he just needs the luck and he got it today.

“It’s great to be able to do it for Tony and Jane (Gollan), and some really great Queensland connections.”

It was a fairytale moment for Eagle Farm based trainer Tony Gollan, preparing his ‘Brothers Boom’ for a Group 1 quinella in his home state.

“This is an absolute dream come true,” Gollan said. “I’m absolutely gobsmacked.

“They’re two great horses to train. I’ve taken them everywhere and they just keep turning up. When they get the runs to suit, like they did today, they’re really hard to beat.

“At the 300m I was hoping Temple of Boom would hurry up, because I could see Spirit of Boom really travelling behind him. Teagan Harrison knew what she was doing and Michael (Rodd) just followed her.”

Gollan was quick to praise the efforts of Rodd, whose daring ride helped secure the trainer’s second Group 1 for the season.

“He took the narrowest of runs,” Gollan said. “He’s a six-year-old stallion and they don’t usually take those kind of runs.

“He’s off to stud after one more run, this might even be his last run; the Stradbroke would be a dream farewell.

“This is definitely the biggest moment of my life.”

Story by Daniel Miles


Heart’s historic farewell

Unchain My Heart has created history in potentially her final career start by winning today’s $150,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) at Flemington.

Set to be sold at next week’s Magic Millions Broodmare Sale, the seven-year-old became the first mare to win the two mile feature in consecutive seasons.

The victory provided trainer David Hayes with a double after the Hall of Fame trainer earlier prepared debutant Forgive And Forget to win the $80,000 Victorian Carbine Club Plate (1000m).

Joe O’Neill, who purchased and syndicated Unchain My Heart, said he couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish her career.

“I bought her out of a paddock for $47,500, it was about minus six degrees the day I bought her and who would’ve thought this would happen?” he said.

“She’s done a great job and we hate to see them go but she’s a rising eight-year-old mare and she’ll go to a great home as a broodmare.

“Andrew Ramsden was a great man, to win the race last year which was the last time he saw it and to win it the first time since he’s passed away is great.”

Settling towards the rear of the field, jockey Craig Newitt waited patiently before angling Unchain My Heart ($7.50) into the clear at the top of the home straight.

Unleashing a powerful sprint over the final 200m, she raced to the lead at the 100m mark before powering away to record a two-and-a-half length win over Vatuvei ($31), with Gotta Take Care ($8) a short head away in third.

Echoing the thoughts of trainer David Hayes, Newitt said the difference between Unchain My Heart’s last start at Flemington and today’s performance was getting back on to a drier surface.

“She’s a mare that deserves to go out a winner,” Newitt said. “Her run the other day on a slow track was as good as anything in the race, she hasn’t got the acceleration on a slow track and she showed today here on top of the ground what turn of foot she has.

“I remember one day I got beaten on her in a Benchmark 72 in Seymour (August 2011), it was a long time ago and today was the first time I’ve been on her since.

“She just gave me the best ride throughout the race. She travelled nicely and they took off a long way from and knowing she’s only got a short but deadly turn of foot, I tried to creep up as steadily as I could and once she peeled to the outside she was really good.”

Story by Ben Asgari


Lonhspresso helps Weir past 200

Lonhspresso provided the highlight individual performance on a huge day for her trainer Darren Weir with a fast-finishing victory in the $120,000 Listed The Straight Six (1200m) at Flemington.

The win was the third leg of a nation-wide quintet for Weir, who also trained a winner in Adelaide as well as a treble at Donald, to take his season tally to a career-best 201 victories Australia-wide.

Managing owner Darren Dance, who has raced horses with Weir since the formative years of the Ballarat-based horseman’s career in the mid 1990’s, said the four-year-old would now head to Queensland for the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) on June 7 and the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) two weeks later.

“It’s a credit to Darren Weir, she needed to win today if she was to have a shot in Queensland and thankfully she got the job done,” Dance said.

“I thought it was a really smart ride by Michelle Payne, she’s a gem of a rider down the straight here at Flemington

“It’s typical of the way Darren Weir trains, the horses just get better as they get deeper into the preparation.

“He’s a genius at setting a horse for a particular race and those two races in Queensland are the ones she’s been set for.”

Settling at the tail of the field, Lonhspresso ($5.50) was still last as the bunched field raced onto the course proper.

Coming the widest on the track, the daughter of Lonhro surged over the final 200m to defeat Le Bonsir ($6) by a long-head on the line, with Essay Raider ($7) a further half-a-length back in third.

It provided the first leg of a winning double for Payne, who later made it back-to-back Flemington victories aboard the Andrew Noblet-trained By The Grace in the $80,000 K.A. Morrison Handicap (1600m).

“She (Lonhspresso) surprised me a bit today,” Payne said. “I’ve seen her race a lot and ridden her a couple of times in track work and I had a plan today to leave her alone early and save her for one last crack at them.

“I was a little bit concerned after we’d gone 200m because she was half off the bit but I just had to maintain my plan and let her get comfortable and when it was time to go she really quickened and was strong through the line. It was a really good win.

“I was so excited when I was called up for the ride today. It’s great to get the win on her for Darren Dance and of course Darren Weir who has obviously been a really big supporter of mine.”

Story by Ben Asgari


Vale Guy Walter

The New South Wales Racing Industry is deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of one of its top trainers, Mr Guy Walter.

Guy, 59, had a tremendously successful career and took out many Group One races along the eastern seaboard of Australia.

His most recent success was only last Saturday when one of his favourite mares Streama captured the Group One Doomben Cup.

“Like everyone in the racing industry, we are shaken by the tragic news of Guy’s passing,” said Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’landys.

“Guy was one of the most popular and humble trainers I have ever met. I guarantee you would not find one person with a bad word for Guy; he was a very genuine, kind and respectful person.

“Guy was a man of the highest integrity and professionalism, and a wonderful role model for the racing industry.

“As the mark of the man, when Guy mentored apprentices he would call Racing NSW and insist we do not credit him for the usual 25% of the apprentice’s earnings. He wanted the fee to go back to the apprentice.

“Guy achieved some amazing success during his career and he will be sadly missed.”

Guy Walter grew up in Mudgee, NSW, and started his journey riding in local pony clubs and shows. He always had a fascination with horses and was keen to become a trainer.

In the early 1970s Guy worked for Bart Cummings and Neville Begg and was the strapper of Think Big when the stayer won the 1974 Melbourne Cup.

Guy first commenced training horses on the south coast of NSW before moving to Warwick Farm where he remained. He also had a satellite stable at Goulburn.

He burst to prominence in 1997 when a chestnut named Tie the Knot began a remarkable career, ending with 13 Group One victories having accrued $6.2 million in prizemoney. Guy referred to his champion galloper as a ‘life changing horse’.

Guy Walter-trained gallopers won 36 Group One races and more than 120 Stakes races totalling over $40m in prizemoney.

He prepared the trifecta in the 2005 Doncaster Handicap at Royal Randwick when Patezza, defeated Court’s in Session and Dannie Martine, being the first trainer to achieve the feat in 149 years.

Other top class gallopers that blossomed under the Guy Walter polish included Defier, Spinning Hill, Republic Lass, Wild Iris, Toydini, Excites and only recently, Appearance.

NSW Trainers Association Chief Executive, Mr Steve McMahon, said: “This is a shockingly sad day. Besides being a brilliant trainer, Guy was a once of the nicest men you’ll ever meet.

“He was polite, courteous and a real thinker that never complained. Our thoughts are with his wife Wendy, their family and the whole racing family at Warwick Farm and beyond.”