Mount Isa Cheers as Lenore’s Chef Delivers

Mount Isa owner Lenore Saunders was the toast of the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon when her star galloper Le Chef stormed to victory in the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m).

Not only did Saunders collect $1.14 million in prizemoney, she also scooped $325,000 as the first all female runner across the line in the rich juvenile event.

The win was the biggest in racing for the long time owner as well as her trainer Darryl Hansen and rider Luke Tarrant.

Connections are excited about the future of Le Chef with Hansen saying the son of Exceed and Excel will be even better as a three-year-old.

“I am singing Luke’s praises as he is a super star. I must thank Mrs Saunders. They come from Mt Isa and put a lot of money into racing,” said Hansen. “I’m just over the moon!”

The win was a triumphant for young Queensland apprentice Luke Tarrant who scored the biggest win of his career.

“This is just incredible – my dreams have come true,” a beaming Tarrant said.

“I just want to prove I can ride winners and I wanted the opportunity to ride the horse and I am appreciating every moment.”

“He is a lovely horse but he got a bit lost first time out with blinkers, but he has improved with every run,” said Tarrant.

Le Chef, bred in South Australia by Greg Hicks, was purchased by Lenore Saunders for $120,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud.

He is one of 92 stakes winners for his sire Exceed and Excel and is from the former quality Melbourne based racemare Red for Lou.

A daughter of former Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Testa Rossa, Red for Lou won five races and was twice group placed.

On one of those occasions she chased home Divine Madonna when third in a Group One Myer Classic at Flemington.

Red for Lou in turn is a half sister to the Melbourne winner and stakes placegetter Miss Elvee.

Le Chef is likely to head for a deserved spell after his third straight win before connections decide on his next major mission.

Sepoy Colt Flies as Sale Prices Soar

A stunning colt by Sepoy has topped the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and in doing so set an Australian record when knocked down for $1.2 million on Saturday night.

The first foal of former outstanding racemare Sister Madly, the colt was presented at the sale by Segenhoe Stud and after a fierce bidding battle was purchased by the US based Spendthrift Farm. He will head to the stables of Hawkes Racing.

The Segenhoe team purchased Sister Madly from the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale as a stud prospect for $1 million. She was a group two winner and group one placed, ironically to Sepoy, for her new connections before heading to stud.

Her first foal had always been a stand out and on Saturday night he proved it with Spendthrift Farm outlasting Hong Kong’s George Moore to set a new record price for a first season sire representative sold at auction in the country.

“The number one is always physique,” Spendthrift’s Ned Toffey said of the Sepoy colt. “He’s a classy physical – just a classy looking horse.”

“He has a great walk and looks the part. He looks to us like a solid Australian horse and of course there was enough page there.”

Danny Bougoure made his presence felt when he went to $800,000 to secure the Exceed and Excel-Speedy Rossa filly from Amarina Farm.

“Really liked the filly,” Bougoure said. “We thought she was probably one of the better fillies in the sale.”

“The cross has worked well – Exceed and Excel-Testa Rossa. We had to set our sights a little high but we bought her.”

Esteemed international bloodstock agent John Warren teamed up with Tom Magnier and the China Horse Club to secure the Snitzel-Starlevie colt from Berkley Park Stud.

Warren, who counts as a client Her Majesty The Queen, said he and his partners were impressed with the quality of the colt.

“We did not want to get beaten as he was a very important colt and we put a team together to try and bank him as I thought he was the colt of the sale.”

Champion Melbourne trainer Peter Moody was also in the thick of the action and it wasn’t a surprise he purchased a Snitzel colt from Song of the Sun from the family of Black Caviar for $775.000.

“He’s a lovely colt and we know the family well as you know,” Moody said. “I traditionally don’t buy big horses – he’s quite a big horse – but I’ve only seen two in the family that move like that and it’s not hard to work out which two they were.”

When the final lot passed through the ring late tonight the sale gross had rounded out at over $92 million with an average price of over $170,000. The clearance rate was an extremely lofty 86 per cent.

Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox was thrilled with the strength of Saturday’s night’s fourth day of the auction following a highly successful raceday.

“It was just a spectacular evening tonight,” Cox noted. “We averaged about $200,000 tonight and cleared around 90 per cent.”

“$1.2 million for a colt by Sepoy from Sister Madly – a mare we sold a few years ago for a million dollars – so it’s great to see that they had the faith in us to bright this colt back here to sell it and to get rewarded so handsomely for such a lovely horse.”

“What the figures show is that people that bring their top quality horses here will get the top money which we’re very happy about.”

“Apart from anything else it proves that Magic Millions, no matter what sale we’re running, can provide the biggest and best international buying bench and domestic buying bench of any sales company in Australia.”

Book 2 of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale will be held from 11am (Qld time) on Sunday with a quality line up of lots to go under the hammer.

(2014 stats in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 692 (663)
Lots Sold: 539 (521)
Lots Passed In: 90 (80)
Lots Withdrawn: 63 (61)
Sale Gross: $92,022,500 ($75,082,500)
Top Price: $1,200,000 ($1,000,000)
Average Price: $170,728 ($144,122)
Median Price: $130,000 ($120,000)
Sold %: 86 (87)


$1,200,000 – Sepoy-Sister Madly colt (Lot 613)
Vendor: Segenhoe Stud (As Agent) / Buyer: Spendthrift Farm (USA)

$800,000 – Exceed And Excel-Speedy Rossa filly (Lot 637)
Amarina Farm (As Agent) / Danny Bougoure (Qld)

$775,000 – Snitzel-Starlevie colt (Lot 645)
Berkeley Park Stud (As Agent) / Tom Magnier/John Warren Bloodstock/China Horse Club (UK)

$675,000 – Snitzel-Song of the Sun colt (Lot 626)
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds (As Agent) / Moody Racing (Vic)

$575,000 – Northern Meteor-Sophielicious colt (Lot 628)
Attunga Stud (As Agent) / Tomohiro Sekiguchi (Singapore)

$550,000 – Northern Meteor-To Please a Lady colt (Lot 678)
Glenlogan Park (As Agent) / James Harron Bloodstock/Snowden Racing (NSW)

(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$380,147 – Fastnet Rock – 17 sold
$366,579 – Redoute’s Choice – 19 sold
$286,346 – Sepoy – 26 sold
$243,488 – Snitzel – 43 sold
$240,000 – Exceed and Excel – 11 sold
$234,688 – So You Think – 16 sold
$221,250 – Northern Meteor – 20 sold
$203,846 – I Am Invincible – 13 sold
$200,000 – Medaglia d’Oro – 4 sold

(ranked by total spend)

$4,795,000 – Gai Waterhouse Racing – 22 lots
$4,495,000 – James Harron B’stock/Snowden Racing – 17 lots
$3,360,000 – Magic Millions as agent – 24 lots
$2,247,500 – Paul Perry – 11 lots
$2,105,000 – Star Thoroughbreds – 15 lots
$2,030,000 – China Horse Club – 3 lots
$1,935,000 – Chris Waller Racing P/L – 10 lots
$1,770,000 – Hawkes Racing – 7 lots
$1,400,000 – Spendthrift Farm – 2 lots
$1,230,000 – Paul Moroney B’stock – 8 lots

Million Dollar Girl Rocks the Gold Coast

A quality filly by champion sire Fastnet Rock has topped Day Three of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale after passing through the magical seven figure barrier to sell for $1.05 million on Friday.

Offered for sale by Newgate Farm, the filly from multiple Group One winner Response, was knocked down to Michael Wallace on behalf of the China Horse Club after a bidding battle with the team from Kentucky’s Spendthrift Farm.

Wallace was delighted to be able to purchase the star filly and in doing so set a new top seller for the auction after he paid $850,000 for the Sepoy-Celebrity Girl filly on Wednesday.

“She’s a quality filly by a champion sire from a Group One winning mare,” Wallace said. “She’s got a good depth of pedigree and a lovely type.”

“She’s got a great head on her, easy movement – she has a lot of quality.”

The success of the first season sires continued on Friday when a smashing colt by Smart Missile from Negotiate sold for $700,000 from the Arrowfield Stud draft to Hawkes Racing.

“He just looked a real athlete,” co-trainer John Hawkes said. “Smart Missile was a very good horse – if he had have won the Slipper you’d probably be paying more for him.”

“We loved him – he’s just an athlete. He was out pick of the sale.”

Interstate trainer Tony McEvoy already has eyes on next year’s Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic after going to $575,000 to secure Strawberry Hill Stud’s Sepoy-Miss Mooney Mooney colt earlier in the afternoon.

“I want a runner in the race next year,” McEvoy noted. “I thought this was the horse. I loved his temperament and loved his rhythm and athleticism.”

At the conclusion of the third day of the sale the gross broke through the $75 million barrier and sits just $70,000 short of last year’s complete Day 1-4 auction. The average price of $166,694 compares favourably with the $139,445 figure after Day Three in 2014.

Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said he was delighted with the way the sale was tracking and was also pleased to see the strong international presence lead to a seven figure sale.

“The China Horse Club outbidding Spendthrift Farm of Kentucky proving that the weaker Australian dollar has had a massive impact on the upper level of the sale.”

“It’s just fantastic,” Cox added. “We’re sitting on a gross of just over $75 million – the gross is virtually the same as what we closed out on Saturday night last year – so we’ve got a full session (to come) for free.”

Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse is the leading buyer at the sale by both lots purchased (18) and total spend ($4,005,000). Second on the leading buyers list is the James Harron Bloodstock & Snowden Racing partnership with a spend of $3,615,000.

Redoute’s Choice leads the sires list by averages (three or more sold) at $388,438 for 16 sold. Fastnet Rock boasts an average of $320,938 with eight sales, while first seasoner Sepoy is third overall with an average of $303,333 with 12 sold.

The fourth day of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale will be held from 6pm (Qld time) on Saturday following the running of the $4.7 million Magic Millions raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club.

(2014 D1-3 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 600 (570)
Sale Gross: $75,012,500 ($63,447,500)
Average Price: $166,694 ($139,445)
Median Price: $135,000 ($120,000)
Top Price: $1,050,000 ($1,000,000)
Lots Sold: 450 (445)
Lots Withdrawn: 57 (53)
Lots Passed In: 93 (61)
Sold %: 83 (88)


$1,050,000 – Fastnet Rock-Response filly (Lot 566)
Vendor: Newgate Farm (As Agent) / Buyer: China Horse Club (HK)

$700,000 – Smart Missile-Negotiate colt (Lot 485)
Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Hawkes Racing (NSW)

$575,000 – Sepoy-Miss Mooney Mooney colt (Lot 452)
Strawberry Hill Stud / McEvoy Mitchell Racing (SA)

$460,000 – Fastnet Rock-Necessary Evil filly (Lot 484)
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / B2B Bloodstock/Jadesky Racing (NSW)

$460,000 – Northern Meteor-Nazzuca colt (Lot 483)
Baramul Stud / James Harron Bloodstock/Snowden Racing (NSW)

$400,000 – Smart Missile-Rain Melody filly (Lot 546)
Amarina Farm (As Agent) / Debbie Kepitis (NSW)

$400,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Reactive filly (Lot 553)
Broadwater Thoroughbreds (As Agent) / Gai Waterhouse Racing (NSW)

(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$388,438 – Redoute’s Choice – 16 sold
$320,938 – Fastnet Rock – 8 sold
$303,333 – Sepoy – 12 sold
$233,333 – Street Cry – 3 sold
$223,889 – So You Think – 9 sold
$215,769 – Snitzel – 26 sold
$210,000 – Exceed and Excel – 5 sold
$198,750 – I Am Invincible – 8 sold
$190,000 – Foxwedge – 8 sold
$186,667 – Not a Single Doubt – 6 sold

(ranked by total spend)

$4,050,000 – Gai Waterhouse Racing – 18 lots
$3,615,000 – James Harron B’stock/Snowden Racing – 15 lots
$2,420,000 – Magic Millions as agent – 16 lots
$2,030,000 – China Horse Club – 3 lots
$1,987,500 – Paul Perry – 10 lots
$1,650,000 – Star Thoroughbreds – 12 lots
$1,605,000 – Chris Waller Racing P/L – 7 lots
$1,420,000 – Hawkes Racing – 6 lots
$1,180,000 – Lee Freedman/Jon Kelly – 3 lots
$1,100,000 – Scone Bloodstock Services – 4 lots

Choice Yearlings Shine as Gold Coast Sale Soars

Two youngsters by super sire Redoute’s Choice shared top billing during a top class day of selling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Thursday.

The pair of youngsters, a colt and a filly, both sold for $720,000 and helped push the cumulative sale gross to over $50 million.

Lot 249, a three quarter sister to Magic Millions Guineas fancy Aerobar, was the first of the pair to share top honours when she sold to Rick Worthington.

Presented by Arrowfield Stud the filly is the second living foal of a three time winning Hussonet sister to the stakes winner Ego’s Good.

“Whenever and wherever we buy a yearling and whether it be a colt or a filly it must be an athlete as you can’t train a pedigree page,” Worthington said.

“The fact that this filly has a great pedigree just increases her value of course. You’re buying an athlete, but if she can run there’s great residual there.”

Later in the day James Harron in partnership with American based buyer John Moynihan went to $720,000 to secure the day’s equal top selling colt.

The colt, catalogued as lot 359, was from the group performed, grand producing Quest for Fame mare Kidman and was presented by Newhaven Park.

The good looking colt is a three quarter brother to the outstanding Singapore based gallopers Zac Spirit and Zac Influence.

“We loved the horse – arguably he was the best bred horse of the sale,” Moynihan said. “If he runs like he looks then the sky is the limit.”

“He could be a stallion – we’re excited.”

When the final lot of Day 2 was sold this evening the sale gross had reached $50,645,000 which was up almost 24 per cent on the same figure last year. The average price of $171,678 is up over 28 per cent on 2014.

Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said he was delighted with the figures returned for the sale after two days.

“Today’s just been an amazing day, it really has,” Cox said. “It’s been amongst the strongest yearling sales that I’ve been involved with in over 24 years in the business.”

“There’s some star lots to come over the next couple of days so we may see some more fireworks yet.”

“While many horses have sold beyond expectations there’s still some great value on offer and prospective buyers will get some great opportunities through the remainder of the sale,” he added.

With strong results on Day Two, Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice assumed his place at the top of the sire standings when ranked by average. His 16 lots sold so far have averaged $388,438. Fastnet Rock is second on the table at $320,938 while Sepoy leads the first season sires and is third overall with an average of $303,333.

The view the latest results and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here. And to view a video summary of Thursday’s second day of the sale click here.

The third day of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale will be held from 11am (Qld time) on Friday.

(D1-2 2014 in brackets)

Catalogued: 400 (380)
Gross: $50,645,000 ($41,007,500)
Average: $171,678 ($133,575)
Median Price: $140,000 ($120,000)
Top Price: $850,000 ($450,000)
Lots Sold: 295(307)
Lots Withdrawn: (32)
Lots Passed In: (40)
Sold %: 82.4 (88)


$720,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Flavoured filly (Lot 249)
Vendor: Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Buyer: Rick Worthington Bloodstock (NSW)

$720,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Kidman colt (Lot 359)
Newhaven Park (As Agent) / James Harron B’stock/John Moynihan (USA)

$620,000 – Snitzel-Hokospokus (Lot 308)
Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Gai Waterhouse Racing (NSW)

$520,000 – Sepoy-Florentina colt (Lot 252)
Segenhoe Stud (As Agent for Fairway Thoroughbreds) / Moody Racing (Vic)

$450,000 – Snitzel-Fairchild colt (Lot 230)
Bell View Park Stud / Gerald Ryan Racing (NSW)

$430,000 – So You Think-Dorabella colt (Lot 207)
Kia-Ora Stud / Scone Bloodstock (NSW)

(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$388,438 – Redoute’s Choice – 16 sold
$320,938 – Fastnet Rock – 8 sold
$303,333 – Sepoy – 12 sold
$233,333 – Street Cry – 3 sold
$223,889 – So You Think – 9 sold
$215,769 – Snitzel – 26 sold
$210,000 – Exceed and Excel – 5 sold
$198,750 – I Am Invincible – 8 sold
$190,000 – Foxwedge – 8 sold
$186,667 – Not a Single Doubt – 6 sold

Sepoy Filly Stars During Gold Coast Sale Opener

History was made on Wednesday when a cracking filly by Sepoy sold for $850,000 and topped the opening day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

New Zealand based bloodstock agent Michael Wallace secured the filly from the draft of South Australia’s Mill Park for the China Horse Club.

The filly, a gorgeous chestnut, is the first foal of the stakes winning Starcraft mare Celebrity Girl and was catalogued as Lot 143.

In being sold for $850,000 the filly set a record – the highest price ever achieved by a yearling on the Gold Coast by a first season sire.

“She’s a filly with an exceptional pedigree,” Wallace said. “She has great similarities between her sire and her mother.”

“She’s an outstanding first foal from some of the best breeders in Australia in Mill Park so she had plenty going for her.”

Trevor Robertson and Mill Park’s Chris Watson “It was probably a little more than we expected to pay, but diamonds don’t come cheap,” Wallace added.

Mill Park, who previously prepared the Magic Millions graduates including Happy Trails, Divine Madonna, Devil Moon, Undoubtedly and Mummify, presented the filly on behalf of her Adelaide based breeders Trevor and Beth Robertson.

The day’s top seller was one of six yearlings to sell for Sepoy a former outstanding sprinter at an average price of $367,500. At the conclusion of the day the only sire to return a better average with numerous sales was Fastnet Rock at $433,333.

Two lots sold for $600,000 – the More Than Ready-Chinchilla Rose colt to Gai Waterhouse and the Fastnet Rock-Delta Girl colt to Chris Waller.

“She’s a young mare, she was a brilliant mare and he’s by a proven sire,” Waterhouse said of her purchase of Lot 153 from the draft of Segenhoe Stud.

“He’s a really sexy, loose type of horse – exactly the sort of horse that attracts my attention. I thought he was very special.”

Michael Wallace Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said he was pleased with the opening session of the sale with most figures well up on the corresponding session 12 months earlier.

“It’s been sensational,” Cox said. “Effectively you can say the market is up 20 per cent which is outstanding.”

“In saying that there’s horses here to be sold. Buyers should not be intimidated by the market as there’s some really nice lots who were passed in who will turn out to be good horses.”

“There will be some great opportunities coming up during the next few days,” he added.

Cox said the market had responded positively to an outstanding line up of yearlings by exciting first season sires including Sepoy, Smart Missile, Foxwedge and So You Think.

“You wouldn’t have ever thought a first season sire would be sitting that higher level for a start but to be there topping the market is incredible.”

Day Two of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale will commence at 11am (Qld time) tomorrow at the Bundall sales complex.

To view the results from today and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here. To see a video review of the day click here.

(2004 Day One in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 200 (190)
Lots Sold: 140 (137)
Lots Passed In: 41 (34)
Sale Gross: $23,335,000 ($19,400,000)
Top Price: $850,000 ($450,000)
Average Price: $166,679 ($141,506)
Median Price: $130,000 ($130,000)
Sold %: 80 (77)


$850,000 – Sepoy-Celebrity Girl filly (Lot 143)
Vendor: Mill Park (As Agent) / Buyer: China Horse Club (HK)

$600,000 – More Than Ready-Chinchilla Rose colt (Lot 153)
Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd (As Agent for Fairway T’breds) / Gai Waterhouse Racing (NSW)

$600,000 – Fastnet Rock-Delta Girl colt (Lot 195)
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / Chris Waller Racing P/L (NSW)

$575,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Dances On Waves colt (Lot 185)
Mill Park (As Agent) / Stallion Racing/Jadeskye Racing (NSW)

$460,000 – Sepoy-Academy Idol colt (Lot 43)
Riversdale (As Agent) / David Raphael (NSW)

$450,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Augusta Proud filly (Lot 86)
Broadwater Thoroughbreds (As Agent) / Jon Kelly (USA)/Gai Waterhouse Racing (NSW)

$450,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Awesome Planet colt (Lot 91)
Newgate Farm (As Agent) / Gary Mudgway Bloodstock (Vic)

(ranked by average – 2 or more sold)

$433,333 – Fastnet Rock – 3 sold
$367,500 – Sepoy – 6 sold
$365,833 – Redoute’s Choice – 6 sold
$260,000 – More Than Ready – 4 sold
$237,500 – Commands – 2 sold