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Sebring Filly Tops Opening Session in Adelaide

15 March 2016

Lot 64 Sebring - Aussie Crawl filly

A filly by Widden Stud’s Sebring (More Than Ready) topped the first session of the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale yesterday evening when purchased by Sheamus Mills Bloodstock for $230,000.

Offered by Goldin Farms as Lot 64, the filly is the third foal out of the two-time winning Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare Aussie Crawl whose wins came over 1000 metres.

Aussie Crawl was trained by Paul Messara and her first foal to race is the Mick Price-trained two-year-old winner Downhearted (Starcraft) and she is herself a daughter of the South Australian Group Two winner Freestyle (Snippets).

“To use a cliche, she ticked all the boxes,” Sheamus Mills told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday. “She’s by a sire whose at his peak, out of a Redoute’s Choice mare who could run at two and could also run a bit at three. What’s not to love about her?”

Sebring is enjoying another successful season on the track highlighted by his multiple Group One-winning son Criterion and the son of More Than Ready (Southern Halo) sired a stakes double at the weekend.

“She is a quality Sebring. I think the nice Sebrings are the neater sort, more well balanced and she was that type. She’s out of a Redoute’s Choice mare and I think that he’ll rival Zabeel in years to come as a broodmare sire,” Mills said of the filly who will be trained by Mick Kent.

Asked whether he thought he would have to go to $230,000 to secure the filly, Mills said he was not surprised that she made that sort of money.

“I thought she was a $200,000 plus a bid horse and she ended up being a $200,000 horse plus two bids.”

“I think quality-wise it’s the best for a few years and I think the sale’s been really strong so far. I think the clearance rate seems strong and everything with a sensible reserve on it seems to be selling. I think if vendors put the right price on their horse they will get them sold.”

Goldin Farms sold seven lots last night and were pleased with the sale of the Sebring filly who they thought would sell well.

“She sold well as expected,” Andrew Perryman told ANZ Bloodstock News. “We thought that she was a special filly and she was the standout of our Adelaide draft and I’m happy that she’s gone to a good home with Shamus.”

Late on in the session, Goldin Farms sold Lot 82 for $155,000 to New Zealand-based Lyndhurst Farm.

By Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), the bay colt is out of the placed mare Calemore (More Than Ready), making him a brother to the winner Unyielding (I Am Invincible). The colt’s second dam is the winner Calemeo (Tolomeo), the dam of six winners including the Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Lady Of The Pines (Bluebird).

Goldin Farms finished the session as the leading vendor having sold seven yearlings for $541,000 at an average of $77,286.

“I’m very happy with our results,” Perryman said when asked how he has found the sale so far. “Correct, good types who are by the trendy sires are selling well as you would expect.”

The Sebring filly was the only lot to make over $200,000 with the second highest price coming for Lot 43, a colt by Woodside Park Stud’s Written Tycoon (Iglesia) who sold to McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $195,000.

Sold by Baramul Stud, the colt is out of the winning mare Zoccoletta (Fasliyev), the dam of the multiple winner Dyletta (Dylan Thomas) and she is a half-sister to four other winners being out of the Group Three winner Vita (Thunder Gulch). The colt’s third dam is the three-time Argentinian Grade One winner Penita (Perpenador).

“He’s come off Baramul so he’s had a good start to his life,” McEvoy said. “He’s got great bone on him, tremendous depth of muscle and a lot of power through his core.”

“I love when he was walking to me, the power through him. He’s an up and going two-year-old.”

“He’ll be there in the spring and then he’ll be there for the big dance in the two-year-old races when you need those two-year-olds,” he added.

The colt was a $40,000 purchase by Paul and Amanda Thompson from the draft of Woodside Park at last year’s Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

Overall seven lots sold for six figures, with Mill Park Stud the vendors of three of these lots. The first of these through the ring came early in the evening when Lot 7 was purchased by the New Zealand-based Prima Park / Waterford Bloodstock for $140,000.

By Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) the colt is the third foal out of the three time winner Third Day (Zabeel), herself out of the Spring Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) runner-up Soprana (Carnegie), the dam of five winners and herself a sister to the Group Two winner Regent Street (Carnegie).

Midway through the session, Bill Mitchell went to $110,000 to secure Lot 34. The chestnut filly is by Street Boss (Street Cry) and the first foal out of the winning Flying Spur (Danehill) mare WIngs Of Success, a three-quarter sister to the Group One winner Alverta (Flying Spur).

Later on in the session the third six-figure lot to sell from the draft of Mill Park came when Macdonald Gluyas Racing purchased Lot 85 for $150,000.

By Casino Prince (Flying Spur) the colt is the first living foal out of the two-time winner Carolina Bella (Zabeel). His second dam is the Listed winner Wyndam Special (Centaine) who produced five winners from as many foals to race.

Mill Park Stud sold five lots yesterday for $530,000 at an average of $106,000, to finish the session as the leading vendor by average.

“Levels of inspections have been higher than normal, with many new people from interstate and overseas inspecting yearlings,” Chris Watson of Mill Park Stud told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“We are happy with how we have sold so far. We knew we were coming to the sale with some nice horses and those have sold beyond our expectations. It seems similar to earlier sales, with nice types selling very well.”

The first session showed large gains compared to the 2015 sale. For 17 per cent fewer horses offered this year compared to last, the aggregate was up 65 per cent to $3,865,500. The average lept 48 per cent to $51,540 and the median showed the largest increase, up 67 per cent to $40,000. Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox was understandably pleased with the results of the first session and hopes it continues today.

“It’s been an amazing start to the Adelaide Yearling Sale,” Cox told ANZ Bloodstock News. “Competition was very strong from the outset and the spectacular statistics speak for themselves. If we can close Book One tomorrow somewhere near these numbers we will be ecstatic.”

The second day of the sale begins at 10am (SA time).