Dundeel and Tapit Steal the Show Day 1 at the Magic Millions

Dundeel Steals the Show Day 1 at the Magic Millions

A colt by freshman sire Dundeel and from a former star racemare topped a buoyant Day One of the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The colt from five time Group One winner Miss Finland, offered as Lot 232 stole the show late in the day when purchased for $900,000. It capped a great day’s selling with opening day records falling across the board.

Presented at the auction by Arrowfield Stud, the Dundeel-Miss Finland colt was purchased by leading Queensland bloodstock agent Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock.

“He’s an absolute stand out,” Rounsefell said. “We couldn’t find a fault in him physically.”

“It’s a stallion we love and there’s been some pressure from Bjorn Baker – I’ve got some horses with him – so he is probably leading to be the trainer.”

“If you look in the book he’s by a freshman sire but from a mare who was a champion and she’s proven to throw a Group One winner.”

“We had the clients around who said to buy him so we went after him strong,” Rounsefell added.

The colt is the seventh foal of Miss Finland, a winner of 11 races and earner of over $4.6 million.

A former Golden Slipper and VRC Oaks winner, Miss Finland has already made her mark at stud through the exploits of her Thousand Guineas winning daughter Stay With Me.

Dundeel retired to Arrowfield in 2014 as a six-time Group 1 winner with over $5.3million in prizemoney. Two years later he was the Leading Freshman Sire at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale where all six of his lots sold for an average of $143,333.

His top-priced foal, the colt out of Cerberus Gal, was knocked down to Musk Creek Farm for $240,000. Other Dundeel weanlings sold for $180,000, $150,000 & $140,000 to agents Sheamus Mills & Paul Willetts, and New Zealand buyers Prima Park & Henley Park.

Few horses are capable of progressing from a New Zealand 2YO maiden win to Sydney 3YO Group 1 success in five starts. Dundeel did it within six months in 2012, culminating with victory in the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Then in the autumn of 2013 Dundeel made history. In the Group 1 Randwick Guineas over 1600 metres he once again defeated Proisir who had run so bravely in the Spring Champion. Two weeks later he romped home by almost 7 lengths in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas, giving him a chance to become the first horse in history to win all four Group 1 3YO races in Sydney.

Hall of Famers Phar Lap, Tulloch, Kingston Town, Strawberry Road, Octagonal, Flight and Peter Pan all won the Australian Derby but none of them won it the way Dundeel did. He scored by 6 lengths, running his final 400 metres faster than world champion sprinter Black Caviar in the 1200-metre T.J. Smith Stakes on the same day.


The second top seller on the day was the filly by Tapit from Lienan who was purchased by Mandalong Stud and Gary Nickson Racing for $700,000.

Offered as Lot 165 by Newhaven Park, the attractive brown or grey filly was the star pick of the Sydney based trainer Nickson.

“We liked the way the filly walked,” Nickson said. “She was a good type with beautiful conformation, great temperament and a good pedigree.”

The filly will be raced by Mandalong Stud owner, 94-year-old Rick Pisaturo, who sat with Nickson to secure their number one pick of the sale.

The record-breaking champion sire of 2014 and 2015 and current leading sire of 2016, Tapit is the dominant sire of his era. With his best-bred horses still to run, he has already sired a champion 2-year-old colt, a champion 2-year-old filly, a champion 3-year-old filly, and two Belmont Stakes (G1) winners.

Tapit has enjoyed remarkable success with mares carrying Storm Cat, who appears in 16 of his stakes winners – 12 graded and four Grade 1. This includes Grade 1 winners out of mares by Hennessy, Bluegrass Cat, Sir Cat, and Tabasco Cat and graded winners from daughters of Forestry, Giant’s Causeway, Harlan’s Holiday, and Menifee. Deputy Minister daughters have supplied the dams of Tapit Grade 1 winners Frosted and Tapizar, and Tapit also has a graded winner out of a mare by Graeme Hall, a son of the Deputy Minister horse Dehere.

From daughters of Sadler’s Wells’ son El Prado, Tapit has sired two stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner Laragh, and also has a stakes winner out of a mare by El Prado’s son Medaglia d’Oro. Out of mares from the Danzig line, Tapit has a trio of stakes winners, and the cross with mares by War Front would be an appealing combination. Out of mares descending from Icecapade – a three-quarter relative to Northern Dancer – Tapit has a Grade 1 winner out of a Wild Again mare and stakes winners out of mares by Phone Trick and Wild Rush.

Tapit has been successful with some specific branches of Mr. Prospector, notably Gone West, including through Mr. Greeley and Grand Slam; Forty Niner, including through Distorted Humor and Editor’s Note, both broodmare sires of Tapit Grade 1 winners; Carson City and Cryptoclearance, both also Grade 1-producing crosses; Woodman; Unbridled’s Song; and Smoke Glacken and his sire Two Punch.

The Sale So Far

Across the first day of the sale over $35.9 million changed hands on 187 lots sold at an average price of $192,016. The clearance rate was a healthy 85 per cent.

“There were 11 yearlings over half a million dollars and they were spread across a number of sires,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.

“The market is wide and varied. The buying bench is strong across all levels and to see the average, gross and clearance rates all rise has provided a great start,” Cox added.
To view the sale results, make an offer on a passed in lot or to view the online catalogue for upcoming lots click here.

Day Two of the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale will commence at 10am (Qld time) on Thursday.

(2016 Day One in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 240 (216)
Lots Sold: 187 (158)
Lots Passed In: 31 (39)
Lots Withdrawn: 21 (19)
Sale Gross: $35,907,000 ($29,124,500)
Top Price: $900,000 ($800,000)
Average Price: $192,016 ($184,332)
Median Price: $150,000 ($150,000)
Sold %: 85 (80)


$900,000 – Dundeel-Miss Finland colt (Lot 232)
Vendor: Arrowfield Stud / Buyer: Boomer Bloodstock (Qld)

$700,000 – Tapit-Leinan filly (Lot 165)
Newhaven Park / Mandalong Stud/Gary Nickson Racing (NSW)

$600,000 – Sebring-Footprint colt (Lot 27)
Musk Creek Farm / Little Kwok Hing Hung/Bahen B’stock (HK)

$600,000 – More Than Ready-Heart Ashley filly (Lot 80)
Kia-Ora Stud / Vinery Stud (NSW)

$575,000 – I Am Invincible-Is Amazing filly (Lot 117)
Yarraman Park Stud / George Moore B’stock (HK)

$525,000 – Not a Single Doubt-Golden Edict colt (Lot 55)
Aquis Farm (for Emirates Park) / China Horse Club/Newgate/Winstar (China)

(ranked by total spend)

$1,690,000 – James Harron Bloodstock (NSW) – 5 lots
$1,542,000 – Boomer Bloodstock (Qld) – 4 lots
$1,020,000 – Little Kwok Hing Hung/Bahen B’stock (HK) – 2 lots
$960,000 – Ciaron Maher Racing (Vic) – 3 lots
$910,000 – Hawkes Racing (NSW) – 3 lots

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