Smart Missile Colt Tops Adelaide Sale Opener
9 March 2015
A cracking colt by exciting first season sire Smart Missile topped Day One of the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale at Morphettville on Monday night.
The colt was a history maker being the first yearling to be offered at auction by new South Australian based operation Goldin Farms – the former Lindsay Park property now owned by Hong Kong based businessman Pan Sutong.
Leading interstate trainer Tony McEvoy purchased the colt for $220,000 after bids flew in from around the complex after bidding opened at $30,000 for the striking youngster.
McEvoy said he was delighted to snare the prized lot and he would now be looking to find owners for the ‘spec’ purchase.
“I’ve looked at all of the Smart Missiles at the sales this year,” McEvoy noted. “I believe he’s really going to make it as a stallion.”
“He throws a tremendous type – good bodied horses and this fellow was no exception. I thought he was very athletic this one – he wasn’t as heavy as a lot of the Smart Missiles I’ve seen.”
“He’s a good walking horse – a good style of horse. I had to fight a bit to get him, but I was very pleased we got him.”
The colt was one of four youngsters to sell for six figure prices during the night session.
The Al Maher-Hey Rosie colt, catalogued as Lot 87 for RJH Racing, was purchased by Phillip Stokes for $110,000 with the Morphettville based horseman hoping he can become another Hucklebuck – a former sale graduate purchased by the stable.
A Choisir filly from Mill Park (Lot 11) was sold for $105,000 to the partnership of Mark Pilkington and Melbourne trainer Andrew Noblet. The other six figure sale was the $100,000 result for Rushton Park’s Artie Schiller-Heavenly Wonder colt who sold to Matchem Racing.
All up over $2.34 million was traded on 67 lots sold at a clearance rate of 76.2 per cent with an average price of $34,940.
“It’s been a very good start,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. “A top price of $220,000 for a Smart Missile colt in what was an outstanding result for South Australia.”
“The breeders of the horse were Goldin Farms who are new investors in the business – Hong Kong based, but they purchased the old Lindsay Park breeding farm and now they are selling the top priced lot in the Adelaide Yearling Sale
To view the results of the sale so far or to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.
Day Two of the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale will commence at 10am (SA time) on Tuesday.
DAY ONE TOP SELLERS
$220,000 – Smart Missile-Goldfinger colt (Lot 81)
Vendor: Goldin Farms / Buyer: McEvoy Mitchell Racing P/L (SA)
$110,000 – Al Maher-Hey Rosie colt (Lot 87)
RJH Racing (As Agent) / Phillip Stokes (SA)
$105,000 – Choisir-Brightlands Star filly (Lot 11)
Mill Park (As Agent) / Mark Pilkington Management/Andrew Noblet Racing (Vic)
$100,000 – Artie Schiller-Heavenly Wonder colt (Lot 86)
Rushton Park / Matchem Racing (Vic)
$95,000 – Foxwedge-Coco Sovelda colt (Lot 39)
Donnybrook Estates (As Agent) / Bryan Guy (Qld)
DAY ONE STATISTICS
(2014 Complete Book One in Brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 110 (284)
Lots Sold: 67 (207)
Lots Withdrawn: 13 (30)
Lots Passed In: 21 (47)
Average Price: $34,940 ($32,104)
Median Price: $25,000 ($25,000)
Sale Gross: $2,341,000 ($6,645,500)
Top Price: $220,000 ($140,000)
Sold %: 76.2 (80.5)
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