The 2014 Magic Millions Carnival drew to a close on the Gold Coast on Tuesday with the final day of the sale conducted.
A small selection of yearlings went under the hammer before a racehorse and sale followed.
All up on the day almost $1 million was traded on 98 lots sold with the top price of the day achieved in the racehorse section.
Whistle Stop, offered as part of a quality draft from Darley, was purchased by leading Darwin trainer Dick Leech for $65,000.
A winner at Bendigo on December 22, Whistle Stop was sent to the sale by Darley after a strong second at Geelong last Wednesday over 1500 metres.
The Darley draft provided 10 of the top 12 prices in the Summer Racehorse Sale with other top sellers including Petrify ($45,000 to Amy Johnston), Matignon ($45,000 to Greg Hickman), Zocalos ($38,000 also to Dick Leech) and Salvaged ($36,000 to John Wall).
The top price for a yearling earlier in the day was $26,000 for Montana Park’s Reward for Effort colt from Belsoeur, purchased by Victorian trainer Frankie Stockdale.
Four other yearlings sold for prices of $20,000 or over during a short yearling session where the average price climbed from $5,442 last year to $6,672 in 2014.
The Summer Racehorse Sale, which returned a perfect 100% clearance, returned an average price of $12,934 – well up on $9,965 for the same sale last year.
Magic Millions is now preparing for upcoming sales during the next couple of months in Launceston (the Tasmanian Yearling Sale on February 13), at Belmont (the Perth Yearling Sale on February 18 and 19), at Morphettville (the Adelaide Yearling Sale from March 10-12) and on the Gold Coast (the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale on March 17 and 18).
Catalogues for the Tasmanian, Perth and Adelaide Yearling Sales are now online via the Magic Millions website. The catalogue for the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale will be online in the coming days.
(2013 Day 6 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 82 (72)
Lots Sold: 45 (43)
Lots Withdrawn: 11 (13)
Lots Passed: 26 (16)
Sale Gross: $300,250 ($234,000)
Average Price: $6,672 ($5,442)
Top Price: $26,000 ($28,000)
Sold %: 63 (73)
(2013 stats in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 77 (111)
Lots Sold: 53 (87)
Lots Withdrawn: 24 (22)
Lots Passed: 0 (2)
Sale Gross: $685,500 ($866,950)
Average Price: $12,934 ($9,965)
Top Price: $65,000 ($82,500)
Sold %: 100 (98)