Exceed And Excel Colt Tops Day Two
Weanling Purchased By Blue Sky Bloodstock For $460,000
Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Bloodstock struck early on Day Two of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale to secure the only Exceed And Excel (Danehill) colt in the sale for $320,000, a year after the foal’s older brother topped the same session
Catalogued as Lot 293,the Rothwell Park-consigned colt is the second foal out of an unraced half-sister to multiple Group Two-winning Sydney sprinter Rain Affair (Commands).
Bred by Rain Affair’s owner Don Storey, the colt is out of the former Joe Pride-trained sprinter’s half-sister Doctrine (Artie Schiller), with the colt’s brother making $350,000 at the same weanling sale last year.
The now yearling Exceed And Excel colt was bought by Amarina Farm and like his weanling brother was the highest-priced lot on Day Two of last year’s sale.
Doctrine is a daughter of four-time winner I Believe (Octagonal) who is a half-sister to Toy Show Quality Handicap (Listed, 1400m) winner Walk Alone (Honour And Glory).
Rothwell Park representative John Holloway said the sale price realised by the Exceed And Excel colt was a good result for Storey.
“She’s only a young mare (Doctrine) so we are thrilled to get the price today. We had a few little hassles with her early, so I have to say that the job Scott Irwin has done with her is quite remarkable, so we are very very happy with the result,” Holloway told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“He was the only Exceed And Excel in the sale, so you have to have high expectations for what they are going to bring.
“She is owned by Mr Don Storey, who raced Rain Affair, and Don’s health hasn’t been 100 per cent of late and I rang him straight after the sale and he got quite a buzz out of it.”
Blaxland told ANZ Bloodstock News the colt could be retained to race rather than be re-offered at next year’s yearling sales.
“I love Exceed And Excel as he is a wonderful stallion. He has done it down here in Australia and he has done it up in Europe,” Blaxland said.
“He has sons at stud, he is one of the world’s great sprinting sires and proven horses are always popular because we know what they can throw.
“He would be a lovely colt to bring back here in January or to race on.
“I thought he was one of the colts of the sale. He’s a lovely horse, typical of his sire, with a speed on speed pedigree with Artie Schiller being the dams sire and Rain Affair, who was a wonderful Group horse over the years for Joe Pride, in the family.”
Exceed And Excel has sired 131 stakes winners to date and his Group One-winning sire sons at stud include Excelebration, Helmet, Outstrip and Reward For Effort.
Blaxland Strikes Again
Later on Day Two, Blaxland bought a So You Think (High Chaparral) filly, catalogued as Lot 466, for $250,000 from the Berkeley Park Stud draft.
The filly is the third foal out of stakes-placed mare Miss Shamardal (Shamardal) who is a half-sister to Moonlight Music (Redoute’s Choice), the dam of Debutant Stakes (Listed, 1000m) winner Moonlight Hussler (Hussonet).
Blaxland said the filly’s two-year-old half-sister Miss Demi (Commands) was showing a lot of ability for Warwick Farm trainer Marc Conners and breeder Geraghty Bloodstock, who also owns Miss Shamardal.
Also trained by Conners, Miss Shamardal raced 41 times for three wins and 11 placings including a third in the Reginald Allen Handicap (Listed, 1400m) and she was covered by Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro) on 23 October last year.
Blaxland said the price tag was more than he was expecting to pay, but has been taken by the way her sire So You Think’s progeny have been progressing.
“The two-year-old (out of Miss Shamardal) is very good, she is by Commands and is with Marc Conners and we followed that closely,” Blaxland said.
“So You Think has continued to build momentum all the way through (with his two and three-year-olds).
“I bought a lovely filly by him out of Dorf Command in January that has gone to Clarry Conners. She has broken in super and is a really nice filly and glad to get this one as well.”
So You Think has sired 44 winners so far in his first two crops and four stakes winners who are headed by two Group One winners in La Bella Diosa and Inference.
Blaxland was leading buyer of the sale, taking home 11 weanlings for an aggregate of $1,594,000 at an average of $144,909.
Hilldene Adds Second Brazen Beau Colt
New Victorian operation Hilldene Farm and Peter Ford Thoroughbreds was again active on Day Two of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, adding a colt by Darley first crop stallion Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) for $300,000 to its Day One purchases.
Catalogued as Lot 335, the Cornerstone Stud-consigned colt is out of winning Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Flute Of Bubbly, who has had four foals to race for two winners including Woodlands Stakes (Listed, 1100m) winner Shigeru Sendan (Denman).
The colt’s second dam Midnight Mist (Rubiton) is the sister to the dam of Group Two winner Great Glen (Regal Classic) and a three-quarter sister to Group Two winner Truly Wicked (Rubiton). Truly Wicked is the dam of Al Quoz Sprint (Gr 1, 1000m) winner Amber Sky (Exceed And Excel).
On Day One of the sale the partnership purchased a Sledmere Stud-consigned son of Brazen Beau for $270,000. Catalogued as Lot 227, that colt is out of the winning juvenile Calvados (Medaglia d’Oro), a half-sister to the dual Listed winner Barbed (Canny Lad).
“This colt is very similar to the colt from yesterday, they’re actually a bit of a pair. He will take his place up here at the Magic Millions in January,” Ford told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“He is out of an Encosta mare, who is a great broodmare stallion, and there is a little bit of black type up close in the pedigree as well.
“As an individual, he’s an outstanding walker and really well put together. He is a two-year-old type and the freshman sire seems to be what everyone wants to buy at the Gold Coast in January, and that’s just part of our strategy (in targeting Brazen Beau).”
Ford said Hilldene Farm was a partnership of himself and Nick Wakim with the pair developing a property near Seymour from where a team of yearlings will be prepared for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and the Gold Coast in January.
“Hilldene Farm has been going for about three weeks. This is our first opening statement in the industry and we intend to be long-term players, especially doing the right thing, breeding in Victoria which is a great place to breed horses,” Ford said.
“We have 180 acres of rolling pasture just near Seymour in Victoria. It is a really old, established farm. There are beautiful peppercorn trees that have been there a couple of hundred years.”
Hilldene plans to offer as many as four yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2018, eight at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and one in the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Hilldene Farm and Peter Ford Thoroughbreds bought seven weanlings for $1,180,000 at an average of $168,571.
Cornerstone Stud’s Sam Hayes said the selling of the Brazen Beau colt had been a terrific result for client Greg Hicks.
“He is a lovely colt and we sold him on behalf of one of our good clients, Greg Hicks. He was very, very popular and he sold accordingly, so we were delighted for Greg,” Hayes told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“This is the only colt we had at home by Brazen Beau, but I have seen others by him and he is really stamping his stock and the (sales) results are reflecting that. He is a stallion that I’m watching.”
Flute Of Bubbly is in foal to Cornerstone Stud first season stallion Free Eagle (High Chaparral) with the resulting foal likely to be offered either as a weanling or yearling.
“The fact she has already thrown a two-year-old stakes winner gives you a lot of confidence and she is doing a good job. She is in foal to Free Eagle, so we are looking to selling that foal either next year or the year after,” Hayes said.
Darley’s Brazen Beau had four lots sold for $805,000 at an average of $201,250 having stood his first season at stud for $44,000 (inc GST).
Not A Single Doubt Filly Makes $240,000
Bloodstock agent Neil Jenkinson, in partnership with Element Hill, went to $240,000 to secure a Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) filly from the Attunga Stud draft.
The second foal out of the winning Show A Heart (Brave Warrior) mare Msongari, who was catalogued as Lot 483, Jenkinson told ANZ Bloodstock News that the Attunga Stud-consigned filly has a cross that appealed him.
The filly’s second dam is Group Two winner and champion New Zealand two-year-old of 2000-2001 Flying Babe (Flying Spur), a half-sister to Rich Hill Mile (Gr 2, 1600m) winner Belle Femme (Zeditave). She is also a half-sister to stakes-placed filly Commissionerstreet (Johannesburg).
“She is a lovely filly with a pedigree. The Show A Heart – Not A Single Doubt cross has sold really well (at the yearling sales) this year,” Jenkinson told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“She is a glamourous chestnut filly who is a great walker and a good one to have at home.”
Msongari’s first foal, a filly by Zoustar (Northern Meteor), was sold for $60,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale to trainer Ryan Balfour, after Attunga Stud sold her at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale last year for $7,500.
Jenkinson, who also purchased a Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) filly on Day One in conjunction with Element Hill for $100,000 from the Newgate Farm draft, said the Not A Single Doubt filly could be retained to race.
“We are undecided what to do with her yet. We will get her home and see how she develops during the spring,” he said.
“We will then decide whether to re-offer her or keep her to race.”
Attunga Stud’s Brian Nutt said it was a deliberate strategy to sell a high-quality filly by Arrowfield Stud-based sire Not A Single Doubt as a weanling.
“She was a nice filly and we always thought she would sell very well, but $240,000 was certainly above what we were hoping for, so it’s a great result,” Nutt told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“We always put one or two nice ones into these weanling sales to try and get a bit of cash flow coming in. She was bought by Element Hill, so we are very happy and hope they can do well out of her as well.”
Nutt said the filly had handled the sales preparation well and she was the highest-priced weanlings of the nine that Attunga Stud sold for an aggregate of $772,000 at an average of $85,778.
“She’s a nice filly with good x-rays, a good temperament and we just thought she might be a bit of a standout in a weanling sale like this where the competition is a bit less,” he said.
“We have had a pretty good sale and I have to say we are pretty satisfied. There are a couple we are taking home, but our nice horses sold extremely well and probably exceeded our expectations.”
Written Tycoon In Demand
Woodside Park Stud-based stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesia), the sire of 2016 Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Capitalist and Doomben 10,000 (Gr 1, 1350m) winner Music Magnate, had ten weanlings sell at the sale at an average of $108,800 off the back of a 2015 service fee of $19,800 (inc GST).
Victorian bloodstock agent Robert Roulston, acting on behalf of Chinese investors Bella Julie Real Estate, secured Lot 320 yesterday for $220,000.
The colt is the fifth foal out of Excelvision (Exceed And Excel), who has had three foals for race for one winner. His second dam, Astral Vision (Grosvenor) is a sister to South Australian Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Our Heavenly Body (Grosvenor). His fourth dam is stakes winner Starophelia (Beau Repaire).
Offered by Amarina Farm, the 8 September-born colt has been earmarked to be re-offered at next year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale by Roulston.
“He was just a nice strong colt by a good sire. He was bought by Chinese clients as a pinhook to resell next year,” Roulston told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“Written Tycoon can get a two-year-olds and older horses. This horse will make a two-year-old I think, especially as he is out of an Exceed And Excel mare. He’s a nice leggy horse who I think has got improvement left in him.”
Amarina Farm’s Craig Anderson, who also sold an I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) filly on Day One for $390,000, said the colt had been a strong result for his client
“It was a very good result and he is a lovely horse who was well inspected,” Amarina Farm’s Craig Anderson told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“He has good x-rays and he exceeded the vendor’s expectations. The weanling crop by Written Tycoon are still off the low service fee and the horse’s appearance certainly outweighed his pedigree.”
Amarina Farm sold nine weanlings for an aggregate of $855,500 at an average of $95,056.
Written Tycoon will stand at Woodside Park in Victoria for an increased fee of $88,000 (inc GST) in 2017, up from $49,500 (inc GST) in 2016.
First Crop Sires Popular
Darley’s Group One winner Brazen Beau (I Am invincible) was the most sought after first crop sire at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale (by average) with four lots selling at an average of $201,250, to be the sale’s third leading sire overall by average (with three or more lots sold).
Darley’s head of sales Alastair Pulford said Brazen Beau, who has stood for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST) at his first two seasons at stud, was producing quality looking foals in his first crop.
“There was a select group of weanlings offered by Brazen Beau and we are obviously delighted with the way the market accepted them,” Pulford told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“The four that were presented were very similar and sold accordingly. Everyone we talk to says they have similar Brazen Beaus at home, so next year’s yearling sales are going to be a lot of fun.”
Pulford said Godolphin have a Brazen Beau weanling half-brother to recently retired Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) winner Astern (Medaglia d’Oro), who was a quality looking colt.
“We have a particularly nice colt who is a half-brother to Astern and he would certainly be in our top half a dozen weanlings at home,” he said.
Darley’s other freshman stallion was Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor), a younger brother to Newgate Farm’s first crop stallion Deep Field, had his 13 weanlings sell at the Gold Coast at an average of $59,385 for a total aggregate of $772,000.
Deep Field himself, had 25 weanlings sell for $1,839,000 to a top price of $240,000 at an average of $73,560.
Newgate Farm’s director of stallions Bruce Slade told ANZ Bloodstock News breeders who backed Deep Field in his first season at stud had been well rewarded.
“Deep Field supporters have had a massive sale off of a $22,000 first season fee,” Slade said.
“They have now sold up to 12 times service fee at both of Australia’s major weanling sales this year with Phil Ibbotson’s colt through Attunga fetching $240,000 to the bid of Musk Creek on Day One. At every level of the market his stock is well sought after.”
Fellow Newgate Farm first crop stallion Dissident (Sebring) had ten weanlings sell for an aggregate of $1,037,000 and an average of $103,700 and a top price of $300,000, which was realised on Day One.
Wandjina (Snitzel), who also stands at Newgate Farm, achieved an aggregate of $888,500 at an average of $80,773, having sold 11 yearlings over the two days of trade. The son of Snitzel stood for a fee of $33,000 (inc GST) during his first season at stud.
“Wandjina currently leads all first season sires in 2017 with his $330,000 weanling colt sold at the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale,” Slade continued.
“He has the least representation of our three new horses on the Gold Coast, but few represented have been met with favour and they were again well received today.”
Coolmore Stud Australia’s Rubick (Encosta De Lago) had 18 weanlings sell for an average of $45,306, with an aggregate totalling $815,500. Rubick stood his first two seasons at stud for a fee of $17,600 (inc GST).
Barnmate Fastnet Rock (Danehill) finished the sale as the leading sire by average with four of the six weanlings by him offered sold at an average of $303,750. The champion sire was responsible for the sale topper, the filly purchased for $525,000 by Segenhoe Thoroughbreds on Thursday.
Strong Sale For Sledmere
Sledmere Stud was leading vendor by aggregate, after the sold 15 weanlings for a total of $1,443,000 at an average of $96,200 and these were headed by a Brazen Beau colt purchased by Hilldene Farm and Peter Ford Thoroughbreds on Day One for $270,000.
Newgate Farm sold 17 of its 20 weanlings offered, achieving an aggregate of $1,379,500 at an average of $81,147
Berkeley Park Stud also had a strong sale, having offered Lot 466 which was bought by Blue Sky Bloodstock for $250,000, selling three weanlings for $620,000 at an average of $206,667.
Vendor Holbrook Thoroughbreds presented its largest weanling draft at this year’s Magic Millions National Sale, selling 17 foals and being the third leading vendor by aggregate of $1,254,000 while their average stood at $73,765.
“There was a great bunch of horses for a great bunch of clients,” Holbrook Thoroughbreds representative Beth Grant told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“The prices definitely reflect the effort that has gone into every single horse. The clients wanted to sell the weanlings under Holbrook because we have had some success in the last few years.”
Along with Blue Sky Bloodstock, James Bester Bloodstock also featured prominently on the leading buyers list, securing 12 weanlings for an aggregate of $1,252,000 at an average of $104,333.
Strong Trade On Day Two
Five weanlings sold for $200,000 or more on Day Two after the top four lots of the sale were purchased on Day One, headed by the Fastnet Rock (Danehill) half-sister to ATC Australian Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Gust Of Wind (Darci Brahma) who made $525,000.
At the conclusion of Book One of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale yesterday, Magic Millions reported that 378 weanlings sold with a clearance rate of 81.12 per cent, up slightly on Day One figures, for an aggregate of $19,692,500. In an expanded catalogue, the average was $52,097 with a median of $26,000.
There were 68 weanlings who made $100,000 or more, while eight made $300,000 or more.
In 2016 292 weanlings were sold for an aggregate of $17,348,250, an average of $59,412 and median of $34,000. Last year’s clearance rate was 88.27 per cent.
Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox told ANZ Bloodstock News the weanling buying bench had become more sophisticated and calculated with their foal purchases.
“Those that selected the horses that they wanted to come here on type and pedigree were extremely well rewarded,” Cox said.
“I think if you spoke to anyone who sold a high-figure horse, they would be over the moon with the figure they got.
“With the yearling market being as strong as it is, it is a hard decision for vendors to make to pick those select horses out. Do they want to take on the weanling market or wait for the yearling market next year? Those that did come into the market, they did get well rewarded.”
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