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Arabian Horses – Allegory for Obedience

Arabian Horses – Allegory for Obedience

A parable of obedience and valor. What often is expected of men, by God, may seem difficult. Sacrifice, obedience, and other things taught in this story ought to awaken men to their duty to become as the Lords “True Arabian” horses, as it were. Select. A Cut above the rest!

Violence Filly Goes Gate-To-Wire In Stylish Debut

5th-SA, $56,070, (C), Msw, 1-11, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:10.08, ft.

MS DUPREE (f, 3, Violence–Magic Pearl, by Stormy Atlantic) broke sharply at 5-2 and was guided to the front alongside favorite Gracious Me (Into Mischief) through a quick opening quarter in :21.97. Still under a tight hold from Evin Roman, Ms Dupree was a length in front at the quarter pole before kicking clear and holding strong in the stretch to graduate by 1 3/4 lengths. Gracious Me held on for second. Ms Dupree sold for $80,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale to her current connections. This is the 33rd winner from Violence’s first crop (by Medaglia d’Oro). Maiden dam Magic Pearl is a half to MSW Call Her Magic (Caller I.D.), who produced GISW J P’s Gusto (Successful Appeal), and Pacific Spell (Langfuhr), who’s the mother of 2008 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Proud Spell (Proud Citizen). Magic Pearl also has a juvenile colt by Cairo Prince and was bred to Palace Malice last season. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $32,400. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Turnley Farms Louisiana LLC; B-Mueller Thoroughbred Stable, Ltd. (KY); T-Philip D’Amato.


Nammalvar – Organic Farming Training

Nammalvar – Organic Farming Training

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Kelly Back For More Magic

GOLD COAST, Australia–Five years ago, American owner Jon Kelly went to A$1-million to take home the sale-topping colt at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. He had to pay exactly double that to accomplish the same feat on Thursday, signing at A$2-million for Yarraman Park Stud’s I Am Invincible (Aus) colt out of the young stakes winner Tai Tai Tess (Aus) (Magic Albert {Aus}) (lot 373). The colt is the highest-priced public auction purchase for I Am Invincible, whose three Group 1 winners include this year’s first-crop yearling sire Brazen Beau (Aus), and the highest-priced yearling sold at this since 2008.

Figures continued their upward on Thursday, the average climbing 10.2% to A$226,848, and the median 12.5% to A$180,000. The cumulative gross for 395 yearlings sold is A$89,605,000, compared to 383 sold for A$78,792,000 at this stage last year. The clearance rate after two days sits at 86.4%, down slightly from 88% at this point 12 months ago.

Jon Kelly has been a passionate shopper at this sale in the past, but he emptied his small but select Australian racing stable in June when selling four fillies at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Kelly’s stable will be at least two strong next season, however, as he also purchased a filly by I Am Invincible on Wednesday.

“That’s a special colt,” Kelly said. “When you’re looking for a potential stallion prospect the odds are terribly against you. Occasionally you spot a horse you have to have and this is one of them. I didn’t plan on bidding that much but I got a little carried away.”

“You couldn’t find any fault with him,” Kelly added. “He has a great walk, he vets out, the breeders have done a wonderful job and you can see it all throughout him that he’s a quality horse. There’s a lot of other good horses here but in our estimation he was the best.”

Kelly’s wife, Sarah, is a part-owner of It’s All About The Girls’s dual Group 1 winner Global Glamour (Aus) (Star Witness {Aus}), who runs in Saturday’s Magic Millions Plate.

“We’ve had very good luck down here,” Kelly said. “Global Glamour is just unbelievable. Our luck in Australia has been good all my life. I really appreciate the enthusiasm of the Australian people for racing; it’s very meaningful to me. The other thing that’s very meaningful to me is the absence of drugs.”

Kelly admitted he went higher than expected to secure his prized colt.

“We were on budget until now,” he said. “I’ve only got so many years left and horse racing is very important to me. This is the thrill of a lifetime and it keeps me young. I’m only 81, so I’m just getting started.”

Waterhouse and Bott will be training at least one other I Am Invincible colt sold on Thursday. The training duo signed at A$700,000 for lot 435, Aquis Farm’s half-brother to champion and G1 Golden Slipper and G1 Blue Diamond S. winner Sepoy (Aus) (Elusive Quality) and Group 2 winner Mulaazem (Aus) (Dubai Destination). Aquis was selling the colt on behalf of Emirates Park, which purchased the dam, Watchful (Aus) (Danehill), for A$85,730 from Darley in 2009, just months before Sepoy turned two. The colt was one of three to sell for A$700,000 on Thursday.

Snitzel Colt Sizzles…

The listed-placed Admirelle (Aus) (General Nediym {Aus}) has been a gem for John Muir’s Milburn Creek. The mare’s first live foal was the Group 1-winning sprinter Sizzling (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}), who currently has his first 2-year-olds on the track. A full-brother to Sizzling sold for A$2-2-million at the 2015 Inglis Easter sale, and last year’s I Am Invincible (Aus) colt fetched A$900,000 from trainer Tony McEvoy. Another Snitzel colt from the mare (lot 480) was one of the stars of the Magic Millions show on Thursday when hammered down to the partnership of Aquis Farm, Yulong Investments, Phoenix Thoroughbreds and trainer Ciaron Maher for A$1.6-million. He became the second millionaire of the day and of the sale.

The Fung family’s Aquis Farm has not been afraid to team with some of the industry’s biggest powerhouses in its short life, and Justin Fung said, “We’ve worked with Ciaron and Yulong. Phoenix is an emerging force in the Australian market and we’re excited about potentially working with them in the future as well. You start talking to friends and you find out they’re thinking the same thing so you figure maybe you can put something together.”

“When you get this many people in a room together and you have so many people saying how special this horse is, there are some things that are just obvious,” Fung added. “You look at him and he’s just beautiful. We were really excited about this horse.”

Admirelle this year produced a filly foal by I Am Invincible.

The Snitzel colt was preceded through the ring on Thursday by the first of Arrowfield Stud’s two Lord Kanaloa fillies to sell at Magic Millions, and the initial impression appears to be very good indeed, with lot 479 having fetched A$800,000 from trainer Paul Perry. The grey is out of Adempiamo (Jpn) (Agnes Tachyon {Jpn}), an unraced half-sister to stakes winner Peer Gynt (Jpn) (Sunday Silence). The third dam is the GIII Comely S. winner Devil’s Bride (Caro).

New Frontier For Godolphin…

Unlike it’s counterparts in Europe and America, Godolphin Australia has not bought yearlings at public auction in a number of years. It was expected that would change this week at Magic Millions and that hypothesis has materialized. After spending A$200,000 on a son of Not A Single Doubt (Aus) on day one, Sheikh Mohammed’s team, including Bloodstock Manager Jason Walsh and private trainer James Cummings, signed for a Snitzel (Aus) filly out of Group 1 winner Samaready (Aus) (More Than Ready) (lot 269) for A$600,000 early during Thursday’s session.

“We have a plan and a strategy [for the yearling sales] and we’re delighted Sheikh Mohammed has supported it for the week and for the year,” Walsh said. “We intend to be involved throughout the Australian yearling sale season.”

Of the daughter of Samaready, he added, “She’s a lovely filly out of a top-class race filly. We’re here to source top-class racing prospects and we thought she was one of them. We’re very excited about her joining our racing division and ultimately our broodmare band.”

The bay filly was consigned by Vinery, which raced Samaready, and she is the second foal out of the G1 Blue Diamond and G1 Moir S. winner. Samaready is herself a half-sister to the dual group winner Night War (Aus) (General Nediym {Aus}).

Godolphin was seven lots later the underbidder on a A$600,000 daughter of Not A Single Doubt.

“It’s very strong and it’s hard to buy the horses you like but it’s a very exciting sale,” Walsh said. “We’re delighted to be back involved and there’s a long way to go.”

Godolphin later in the session signed for a Dawn Approach (Ire) colt (lot 420) for A$450,000. Dawn Approach’s first Australian crop is two, and he sits third on the first season sire’s table with two winners.

The aforementioned Not A Single Doubt filly from Attunga Stud (lot 276) will go into training in New South Wales for an undisclosed partnership after Louis Le Metayer of Astute Bloodstock signed the ticket. The bay is out of the stakes-placed Scenes (Aus) (Scenic {Ire}), who has produced two winners from two to race including the stakes-placed Lake Jackson (Aus) (Sebring {Aus}).

“She’s one of the fillies I identified in the sale as a really superior athlete,” said Le Metayer. “It’s an extremely competitive market and we’re only interested in the top horses that we think are going to be fast, early 2-year-olds. She was one of three fillies we rated the highest in the whole sale and thanks to a couple of motivated owners and a bit of spirited bidding we managed to get the filly.”

“Not A Single Doubt crosses very well with Scenic and Sadler’s Wells, that’s a very interesting cross, and she just looks like a bomb-proof filly,” Le Metayer said. “Every time she parades she has this effortless movement, great action and a great attitude and she looks very much like Not A Single Doubt. He’s a very good stallion and one of those stallions that improves horses, because he started at A$10,000 and now he’s at A$80,000.”

The filly was Le Metayer’s first purchase of the sale, and he noted he was underbidder on Wednesday’s A$675,000 Deep Field colt.

“When you’re underbidder a couple times on those sorts of horses you’re even more motivated,” he said. “The market is very strong. These are the types of horses you could buy for A$400,000 a few years ago but the market has gone up, prizemoney has gone up and more people want to participate, so the horses are more valuable.”

Not A Single Doubt featured again about an hour later when Michael Wallace went to A$700,000 to add lot 294, a colt from Arrowfield, to the China Horse Club/Newgate/WinStar stable. That same team bought last year’s G1 Sires’ Produce S. winner Invader (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}) out of this sale two years ago, and its haul last year included Saturday’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic contender Bondi (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}).

Lot 294 is the second foal out the unraced Husson mare She Loves You (Aus), herself a daughter of Group 2 winner She Will Be Loved (Aus) (Strategic {Aus}). Further down the page is the Group 1-winning filly Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel {NZ}).

The China Horse Club/Newgate/WinStar triumvirate was busy on Thursday, its purchases also including a A$625,000 son of Written Tycoon (Aus) (lot 306); a A$380,000 son of Exceed and Excel (Aus) (lot 285) and a A$375,000 colt by More Than Ready (lot 284). China Horse Club also purchased a A$650,000 filly (lot 305) from the first crop of Deep Field (Aus) with owner Alan Bell, who raced the Group 2-winning sprinter in partnership with Kia Ora Stud. Consigned by Cressfield, the filly is out of the stakes-winning Shoboard (Aus) (Show A Heart {Aus}). Bell had two lots earlier signed on his own for lot 303, a colt by Deep Field, for A$160,000.

More Sunlight For McEvoy…

Trainer Tony McEvoy sends out Sunlight (Aus) (Zoustar {Aus}) as the favourite for Saturday’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic, and the trainer said he hopes lightning will strike twice after signing for the unbeaten filly’s full-sister (lot 330) for A$600,000 on Thursday. That price was fully double what McEvoy spent on Sunlight last year, but that is already looking like money well spent and McEvoy said he hopes the younger sister will race for the same ladies’ partnership. McEvoy signed the ticket in conjunction with David Redvers, whose assistant Hannah Wall is a part-owner in Sunlight.

“We’ve all discussed it, everyone is pretty keen, so we’ll figure all that out when the dust settles, but I would love to do it in a similar vein as Sunlight,” McEvoy said. The trainer described lot 330 as a “smaller model” than her full-sister at the same time last year, but said, “everything else was there.”

“She had the same fast-twitch fibres the sister had last year here at the sale,” he said. “Sunlight last year was a grosser filly, but they change so quickly. This filly had the same feisty nature, which I like, the same honesty in her eyes. She had a beautiful honesty and she’ll be fast. She’ll be a stakes winner in her first preparation.”

Sunlight was an eye-catching winner on debut at the Gold Coast on Dec. 23 and remained unbeaten in similarly impressive fashion over the same course last weekend. McEvoy described the past week with the filly as “just beautiful.”

“We’ve had a tremendous week with her,” he said. “I went up this morning and looked at her. Normally when you’re backing a horse up in seven days you can see the effects of last week’s run in the lines on their body. Not on her. If someone said to me she ran last Saturday and broke a class record I wouldn’t believe them.”

Redvers was busy at this sale last year buying up a handful of Zoustar yearlings for Sheikh Fahad, who owns half the stallion, and the team continued in that vein on Thursday, its purchases with McEvoy also including a A$525,000 Zoustar colt from Attunga Stud (lot 260). Zoustar, who has alternated between Widden Stud and Woodside Park Stud, enjoyed a good day on Thursday, with another filly having sold to Cameron Cooke and Busuttin Racing for A$525,000.

McEvoy’s list of purchases on day two also included a A$700,000 Fastnet Rock (Aus) colt (lot 318) in partnership with Tim Stakemire, racing manager for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum. Consigned by Coolmore, the colt is the third foal out of stakes winner Sister Havana (NZ) (General Nediym {Aus}).

NYRA Announces Belmont Spring-Summer Stakes Schedule

The New York Racing Association has released its stakes schedule for the 2018 spring/summer meet at Belmont Park, featuring 62 stakes races worth $19.3 million throughout the course of the 54-day meet. The meet, which begins Apr. 27, is anchored by the GI Belmont S. June 9 and a surrounding barrrage of graded stakes races deemed the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Eight additional graded stakes will be held on Belmont day. Tickets for the event can be found here.

Other highlights of the schedule include a five-stakes card May 12, highlighted by the GI Man o’ War S. with an enhanced purse of $700,000. July 7 features another card packed with graded stakes as the GI Belmont Derby Inv. and GI Belmont Oaks Inv. highlight the Stars and Stripes Festival card, which falls on the Saturday after the Fourth of July. The complete graded stakes schedule can be found at NYRA.com.

How to draw Arabian horse head- Gabriel Tora

How to draw Arabian horse head- Gabriel Tora


music-my version for Break on through by The Doors

Magic Millions Off To A Fast Start

GOLD COAST, Australia–Coolmore will eventually add last year’s G1 Coolmore Stud S. winner Merchant Navy (Aus) to its stallion roster to stand alongside his champion sire Fastnet Rock (Aus), and the principals of that operation will have high hopes that those two will someday be joined by the session-topping colt at Wednesday’s opening session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale–another son of Fastnet Rock bought for A$1-million.

With the knowledge that more breakout lots are expected later in the week, figures were largely up after the first day of trade for Australasia’s first yearling sale of the season. While there was just one seven-figure lot, 17 made at least half a million compared to 11 last year. The clearance rate was slightly down at 81% for 182 sold, compared to 85% for 187 sold last year, but the gross was up to A$39,170,000 (it was A$35,907,000 12 months ago). The average was up 12% to A$215,220 and the median was similarly up 13.3% to A$150,000.

Element Hill’s Fastnet Rock colt out of Risk Aversion has already been paid some hefty compliments in his young life, with Coolmore’s Tom Magnier drawing comparisons between him and Merchant Navy, and John O’Shea saying, “he is the best Fastnet Rock I’ve seen since Foxwedge”, who he trained to win the G1 William Reid S.

“He’s the right horse and he has the pedigree,” O’Shea added. “He’s probably a bit sharper than Foxwedge and he has a pedigree to boot.”

The bay is the second foal out of the stakes-winning Risk Aversion, herself a half-sister to stakes winners Shania Dane (Aus) (Danehill) and Scintillation (Aus) (Danehill). A plethora of stakes winners appear under the second dam, including last year’s dual group winner Man From Uncle (Aus) (Uncle Mo).

The sale capped an excellent day for the Hutchins family’s Element Hill, which also sold a A$650,000 Redoute’s Choice (Aus) filly. The Hutchinses kept mares with Coolmore before purchasing their own property in 2010 (click here for a pre-sale feature on that consignment).

“The Hutchinses have been such great clients for us and we thought this was the nicest horse in the sale,” said Tom Magnier. “We thought this horse looked very like Merchant Navy. The Hutchinses have bred a lovely horse, and to have this horse with John is exciting.”

O’Shea has recently re-opened a private stable after spending three years as private trainer for Godolphin. Godolphin, which is typically not active as a buyer at the Australian yearling sales, purchased a colt by Not A Single Doubt (Aus) (lot 122) for A$200,000 on Wednesday.

Fastnet Rock ended the day as the sire of two of the top five lots. He had four crack a half-million, also including lot 215, a colt consigned by Segenhoe Stud and bought by Marie Yoshida’s Asian Bloodstock Services. The bay is the third foal out of the stakes-winning and producing Radharcnafarriage (Ire) (Distorted Humor).

While proven sires generally dominated the top of the market on Wednesday, one first-season sire with a breakout horse was Newgate’s Deep Field (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}). Lot 231 was also purchased by Asian interests, going the way of Hong Kong’s Orbis Bloodstock for A$675,000 with Justin Bahen conducting the bidding. Consigned by Kia Ora Stud, the bay is a half to the stakes-placed Unique Quality (Aus) (Elusive Quality) from an international family that includes a pair of standouts in Hong Kong: the Hong Kong Derby winner Super Satin (Aus) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) and the dual Group 1 winner Blazing Speed (Aus) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}).

A Snitzel For Harron Syndicate…

James Harron’s record of selecting future stallions speaks for itself, the agent having been involved in the purchase of Vancouver (Aus) and Capitalist (Aus) at Magic Millions alone. The latter Golden Slipper winner was one of the pioneers of Harron’s colts’ syndicate of yearlings with sire potential, and lot 52, a son of Snitzel (Aus), will race in the same green silks with trainers Peter and Paul Snowden after Harron prevailed at A$900,000.

“He’s a ripping colt,” said Harron, who bought another young sire son of Snitzel, Wandjina (Aus), as a yearling. “Snitzel’s just doing an incredible job and he was one of my picks of the sale. He was a fantastic shape, a quality colt. He had a great size of hip and is a really active and athletic type of horse, really walked and looks every bit a racehorse.”

Consigned by Arrowfield, the bay is out of the War Emblem mare Madame Andree (Aus), who showed great promise while in training with Paul Messara but was ultimately unraced. It is an international family that includes GI Met Mile winner Exciting Story (Diablo) and G3 Regret S. winner Sweeping Paddy (Paddy O’Prado).

Harron said he followed the colt’s progress at the sale closely after viewing him at Arrowfield during the Hunter Valley parades.

“I did see him at Arrowfield in the Hunter Valley and then I looked at him numerous times here and just watched his progression through the sale,” the agent said. “He’s a really exciting colt. To pay that kind of money you have to have confidence. You watch them go through the sale and handle that pressure that’s put on them, because that pressure is only going to increase when they go into training. But he looks a nice, early running type of horse.”

The colt is the third foal out of his dam, whose 3-year-old Madame Pauline (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) is unbeaten in two starts since the catalogue was published. That filly and the mare’s 2-year-old filly Nancy Grace (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) are both with Paul Messara.

“Madame Andree was a very talented mare I trained,” said Messara. “She never made it to the track but she showed a massive amount of talent, one of the best horses I thought I’d ever trained, on par with the likes of [Group 1 winner] Ortensia on the track. She won a trial really well and just before her first race unfortunately she did a tendon.”

Because of the mare’s talent, Arrowfield took a gamble and sent her to its top-flight sires for her first three coverings.

“As a result of having such a high opinion of the mare we sent her to stallions above her pedigree and what she had done,” Messara said. “We sent her to Redoute’s twice and then to Snitzel.”

Messara said vet issues prevented Madame Pauline and Nancy Grace from being offered for sale.

“Unfortunately both of those were unable to be sold due to x-ray issues,” he said. “The first one is Madame Pauline and she’s had two starts and two wins and is stakes class in the making. Nancy Grace is the 2-year-old. She’s yet to have a run but also looks promising.”

Harron’s session one haul also included a A$600,000 son of Exceed and Excel (Aus), the second foal out of the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas winner Oasis Rose (NZ) (Oasis Dream {GB}) (lot 142).

A Precious Element…

Element Hill’s Josh Hutchins admitted earlier this week that his family keeps the family members of its foundation broodmare Tracy’s Element close to its chest, and as such it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that an elegant and athletic granddaughter of that South African champion, by three-time champion sire and emerging broodmare sire Redoute’s Choice (Aus), would be popular at Magic Millions. Lot 51 eventually went the way of Linda Huddy, best known for racing the 2010 G1 Australian Derby winner and overall five-time Group 1 winner Shoot Out (Aus) (High Chaparral {Ire}), for A$650,000. Huddy was visibly thrilled to secure a filly from such a coveted family, saying, “We’ll take her home and give her some time out in the paddock because this is pretty hard on them here at the sales. We’ll break her in and go from there.”

Huddy says she has been 15 and 20 broodmares and 20 horses in work.

“We’re not big but it’s a nice size for us to handle,” she said. “She’s a great asset to us, I just loved her.”

Tracy’s Element is best known as the dam of Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy (Aus) (Red Ransom), and she also produced the stakes winner and sire Red Element and is the dam and second dam of a plethora of stakes horses, including G2 Silver Slipper S. winner and sire Shaft (Aus) (Flying Spur {Aus}). The Redoute’s Choice filly’s dam is the winning Encosta de Lago (Aus) mare Madam Tracy (Aus), and that cross has produced the Group 1 winners Musir (Aus) and Peeping (Aus). Tracy’s Element is the namesake of the Hutchins family’s Element Hill, which on Thursday offers an I Am Invincible (Aus) colt out of another daughter of Tracy’s Element (lot 399).

Element Hill sold a daughter of Redoute’s Choice’s son Not A Single Doubt (Aus) (lot 114) later in the session for A$370,000. That one was bought for A$240,000 as a weanling. Not A Single Doubt sits fourth to his paternal half-brother Snitzel (Aus) on Australia’s general sire table midway through the racing season, with High Chaparral (Ire) and Fastnet Rock (Aus) splitting them.

Kelly Back For More Magic…

Californian Jon Kelly has been an avid supporter of Australian racing, and the man who bought the sale-topping colt here five years ago was back in action at the top of the market on Wednesday when securing a filly by popular young sire I Am Invincible (Aus) (lot 145) for A$625,000. The filly was consigned by Yarraman Park Stud, which stands the sire. Kelly had dispersed four fillies he had previously bought at this sale at last June’s National Broodmare Sale, and he explained he did so because he prefers to focus on racing rather than breeding.

“We do breed but we’re more into racing than we are breeding,” Kelly explained. “We still have several mares but we’re not planning on breeding down here, we’re planning on racing. The enthusiasm of the Australian public for racing is captivating. It’s quite different than the rest of the world. The only place that halfway compares is Ireland. America doesn’t do it at all. It’s fun, and the other thing for me is there’s no Lasix. I don’t like drugs in animals. Global Glamour won two Grade Is in seven days. That can’t be done in America because the Lasix dehydrates the horse. I really don’t like that so I’m very fond of Australian racing and the rules. They have people that do things they shouldn’t do as well, the whole world does, and we don’t like it, but it’s part of life.”

Kelly’s wife, Sarah, is a part-owner in the aforementioned Global Glamour (Aus) (Star Witness {Aus}) as part of the It’s All About The Girls syndicate. Global Glamour was a A$65,000 purchase at this sale and runs in Saturday’s Magic Millions Plate. She was narrowly beaten in last year’s Magic Millions 3YO Guineas. Sarah Kelly owns another piece of a horse in a ladies’ syndicate with trainer Gai Waterhouse, but Kelly said the I Am Invincible filly will be his first horse in training in Australia since he sold his four fillies last year. She also goes into training with Waterhouse.

“She’s a beautiful young lady,” Kelly said. “She’ll be trained by the right person, Gai Waterhouse, and we look forward to having a good time with her.”

After its success with its inaugural horse, Global Glamour, It’s All About The Girls last fall expanded to Ireland and purchased two yearling fillies at Goffs to be trained by Jessica Harrington. Kelly said he has charged the syndicate’s Legs Lawlor and Anna Seitz with finding a filly to race in Southern California.

“We’re going to try to emulate it in Southern California,” he said. “I just asked the two ladies to help me put together a ladies’ syndicate in Southern California but there’s no trainer as good as Gai, so they’re going to have to hire a man for the first time. He may have to wear a dress!”

Tycoon In Demand…

South Australia’s Mill Park Stud regularly brings a select but quality draft of yearlings to the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, and in lot 137 it offered a colt from a proven cross–a full-brother to the G2 Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Booker (Aus) (Written Tycoon {Aus}). New Zealand-based agent Bruce Perry went to A$600,000 for the third foal out of Noondie (Aus) (Flying Spur {Aus}), and he will now look to find owners for the horse and said it is undecided whether the colt will remain in Australia or go to New Zealand.

“I loved the horse, he had great balance and is by a great sire,” Perry said. “The mare is already doing the job and he ticked all our boxes. We thought he was one of the nicest colts in the sale and we’re very happy to get him. Hopefully she’ll make it two for two. He was the one we wanted so we’re delighted.”

Written Tycoon, among Australia’s leading sires and the sire of champion Capitalist, proved popular on day one of the sale. His highlights also included a colt bought by China Horse Club in partnership with Newgate and WinStar Farm for A$520,000 (lot 13).

Deep Crop Of First-Season Sires…

In addition to his A$675,000 top price, Deep Field had a pair sell for A$300,000 and four more sell for in excess of A$200,000. Supporters of Deep Field will be encouraged by the promising start made by another son of Northern Meteor, Zoustar (Aus), with his first 2-year-olds this year.

Deep Field’s Newgate barnmate, the five-time Group 1 winner and Horse of the Year Dissident (Aus) (Sebring {Aus}), had a colt sell for A$525,000. Lot 200 was consigned by Newgate and purchased by George Moore Bloodstock on behalf of the Hong Kong investment company CLSA. He will go into training with Moore’s father, Hong Kong champion trainer John Moore, who said, “he’s a good sort and he fit our criteria. Everything out of the mare has done the job and George loved him as much as I did. He’s off to Hong Kong and he’ll be sold to a syndicate that’s headed up by the vice president of CLSA. We’re delighted, that’s their first purchase.”

The colt is out of Prompt (Aus) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), who has produced the stakes winners Prompt Response (Aus) (Beneteau {Aus}) and Prompt Return (Aus) (Beneteau {Aus}) and the stakes-placed Diamond Glow (Aus) (Bel Esprit {Aus}) as well as Mr. Right (Aus) (Statue of Liberty {Aus}), a winner in Hong Kong.

Moore said the Dissidents as a group appealed to him, but that lot 200 was selected first on type.

“We go through the sale and I’ve always educated George to come up with athlete first then look at the pedigree,” he said. “From that point of view this horse is the right type.”

Dissident’s day one prices also included yearlings sold for A$460,000, A$300,000, A$270,000 and A$260,000.

Newgate’s third first-season sire, Wandjina (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}), had a top price of A$250,000 and had six sell for six figures.

Also making a good impression on day one was Rubick (Aus) (Encosta de Lago {Aus}). His haul was headed by a A$470,000 colt bought by Damion Flower of Jadeskye Racing, which campaigned the dual group-winning sprinter Rubick in partnership. He also had a colt sold for A$350,000 to Hong Kong’s Orbis Bloodstock.

Arrowfield’s Olympic Glory had yearlings sell for A$160,000 and A$180,000 on day one.

Darley first-season sire Hallowed Crown (Aus) (Street Sense) had a six-figure price on day one, a colt sold for A$120,000 to Triple Crown Syndications, owner of last year’s The Everest winner Redzel (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}). Hallowed Crown’s barnmate Shooting To Win, a G1 Caulfield Guineas-winning full-brother to Deep Field, had three sell for six figures on the day including a A$200,000 filly.

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Mrs. McDougal Tops KEEJAN Tuesday at $1.6m

Keeneland saved the best for last during the second session of its January sale. The 6-year-old mare Mrs. McDougal (Medaglia d’Oro) sparked a fury of late bidding as the final hip through the ring with bloodstock agent Steve Young securing the mare for $1.6 million on behalf of an undisclosed client, making her the current sales topper. Young also signed the ticket on Monday’s session topper the $485,000 Bellavais (Tapit). Mrs. McDougal won the 2015 GII Lake George S. for previous owner Mr. and Mrs. William Warren and trainer Chad Brown. She also placed in the GI Just a Game S. and captured that term’s GIII Noble Damsel S., after which she was privately purchased by consignor Eaton Sales’ Reiley McDonald and Young on behalf of 2 TY LLC and transferred to California-based Richard Mandella. She concluded her career last November with a record of 15-5-0-3 and earnings of $496,736. Hip 781A is out of MSW and MGSP Distorted Passion (Distorted Humor).

Spirit Of Boom A Family Matter

GOLD COAST, Australia–At the midway juncture of the racing season in Australia, one stallion has pulled well out in front in the race for champion first-season sire honours: Eureka Stud’s Spirit of Boom (Aus) (Sequalo {Aus}). The dual Group 1-winning sprinter has notched seven winners, three stakes winners and earnings of A$508,560. His next closest pursuers, Darley’s Epaulette (Aus) and Dawn Approach (Aus), have two winners apiece.

Spirit of Boom’s success is woven closely into the fabric of the McAlpine family’s Eureka Stud in Queensland, which has been in the family since the 1940s. The McAlpines bought Spirit of Boom’s third dam and bred and raced his second dam and his dam.

The McAlpines and Spirit of Boom are also closely integrated with the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Indeed, the sire himself was a A$90,000 graduate of this sale and Eureka last year sold his second stakes winner Ef Troop (Aus)–the second-favourite for Saturday’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic–for A$70,000 and his stakes-winning filly Outback Barbie (Aus), who also runs Saturday, for A$210,000. Eureka bred both horses and offers siblings to both this week.

Of the success Spirit of Boom has so far enjoyed, the farm’s current frontman Scott McAlpine said, “It’s a long process, and in this industry in Australia it’s hard to buy colts that are performers, for a little farm such as ourselves in competition with the big boys. We sold Spirit of Boom for A$90,000 at the Magic Millions and I retained 15% with the intention that if he was good enough as a racehorse and could stay a colt there was a possibility that it might fall into place to become a stallion. So far the plan has come to fruition.”

Spirit of Boom was an early 2-year-old himself, winning a trial for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. He beat just two home in the main event but rebounded in the autumn with a pair of wins and a second in Group 2 company. He stayed in training until the age of six, and remarkably in his final season rewarded McAlpine with the top-level performances he needed to stand at Eureka. Spirit of Boom won the G1 William Reid S. over 1200 metres at Moonee Valley before taking Queensland’s most important sprint, the G1 Doomben 10,000.

McAlpine said he syndicated the horse with 40 shareholders–many small Queensland breeders–to give Spirit of Boom the chance he needed to start his stud career.

“When he won the 10,000 and the William Reid, the big breeders probably didn’t take a lot of notice of him,” he said. “His pedigree is strong enough against his performance, but his performance is what stood out. The group of shareholders are a great team of people. We’re all battlers, all trying to make a dollar and hopefully now we’re going to make a couple dollars.”

Spirit of Boom covered in the ballpark of 150 mares in his first three years at stud, and was helped by a 90% fertility rate. McAlpine said it was apparent early on that the horse was stamping his foals.

“His foals were very much like himself, he’d very much stamped them into a mold himself,” he said. “I thought that was a great attribute to have because he was a fast, sprinting horse himself and he put his backside and shoulders on to them and gave them his intelligence.”

Rather than resting on their laurels, however, the team at Eureka set out to get the Spirit of Booms in front of buyers and trainers across the country.

“Australia is a big country, so we set out to try to market those horses across the country,” McAlpine said. “We ended up taking four to South Australia, two to Victoria, four to New South Wales and I took two to New Zealand. The rest then stayed in Queensland to be sold.”

That Queensland haul included the aforementioned Ef Troop and Outback Barbie, as well as horses sold for A$110,000, A$150,000 and A$210,000. One of the colts sold in New Zealand has also shown promise and was unlucky to be beaten first-out.

“One of the two that I took to New Zealand came out and won a trial by 10 lengths,” McAlpine said. “New Zealand starts racing before Australia and he went in the first 2-year-old race in New Zealand. There were only three horses in it. He was drawn the outside barrier and the horse that was inside, they jumped together and went head-to-head the whole way and he got beaten by a nostril.”

“I think trainers realized these horses had some ability and the trials that followed in Australia showed us that,” he added. “Then when the first races started to come along we were in the money straight away. They were winning trials, everything was going right, and they’re sound sensible horses and they’ve shown they can go on to do it. The horses that are running are performing across the board, and when this wave finishes the next wave will start. There are a lot of horses in work that will be ready to race from next week on, waiting for these Magic Millions horses to go out for spells and have a break.”

McAlpine acknowledged that winning a Magic Millions with a horse he bred and sold, by a stallion that is a fourth-generation homebred, would be special.

“We produced a Magic Millions winner in Sea Captain back in 1988 when there was a fillies’ and a colts’ race, so we know what the feeling is to win a Magic Millions when we own one,” he said. “This time we’re going to have to breed the winner. And maybe we might even get a placegetter on top of that.”

Spirit of Boom will also be represented on Saturday by the stakes-winning Jonker (Aus).

“To have three runners in that race on its own is probably a feat for any stallion, especially when it comes from a Queensland-bred horse getting Queensland mares,” McAlpine said. “He’s not getting the top line of mares. For that horse to produce racehorses that can get into that race and perform I think is a big attribute. You can’t believe a horse would get a start like this and it will continue whether he wins the Magic Millions or not. There are horses out there ready to run in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in the next month to six weeks and if we’re lucky enough to win a few races there, everyone will take even more notice.”

Eureka Stud has 15 to sell this week, five in Book 1 and 10 in Book 2 on Sunday. Those include a Pierro (Aus) half-sister to Outback Barbie (Aus) (lot 203), and a Spirit of Boom half-brother to the stakes-winning Tiyatrolani (Aus) (Captain Sonador {Aus}) (lot 392). Of that colt McAlpine said, “We have a nice Spirit of Boom colt out of an Encosta de Lago mare that won us three races and ran third in the Magic Millions Prelude the same year Spirit of Boom won. That mare’s first foal is already a stakes winner and the second foal by Spirit of Boom is already placed. This is the third one.”

Eureka sells seven Spirit of Booms, also including a half-brother to Group 1 winner Southern Lord (Aus) (Stratum {Aus}) (lot 497).

“He is out of a Rory’s Jester mare that has already produced a Group 1 winner in Southern Lord,” McAlpine said. “She has a 2-year-old in work with David Hayes who is a full-sister to this horse. He’s a lovely colt–nice, balanced and sensible.”

Sunday’s haul includes “a couple really nice fillies” as well as the full-brother to Ef Troop (lot 977). McAlpine said of Eureka’s Book 2 horses, “The pedigrees aren’t over the moon but they’re good, racing pedigrees and winning families with a bit of black-type.”

McAlpine is deservedly enjoying the accolades coming Eureka’s way with the success of Spirit of Boom.

“We’ve done it all our lives, I’m a third generation horseman and we’re a family farm that’s been operating since the late 1940s,” he said. “For a family farm to stay competitive in this very intense breeding world is very rewarding. My wife and myself have three sons and we’ve all gone the same way; once it’s in your blood you can’t get it out.”