A Look at Coolmore and the Magic Millions
Fastnet Rock, Pierro and Rubick sold well at the Magic Millions.
Champion sire Fastnet Rock provided the top lot during the opening session of the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale and also finished the day as the leading sire by average.
His star performer was a colt from stakes-winning Encosta de Lago mare Risk Aversion that was offered by Element Hill and bought by Tom Magnier/John O’Shea.
John O’Shea is no stranger to success with Fastnet Rock having trained his high class offspring Foxwedge and Sea Siren to Group I success.
“It’s all about the type,” O’Shea said. “This colt is a real athlete and that’s why I was drawn to him.
“For me he is a great horse by a champion sire in Fastnet and it’s exciting to have him.
“It’s outstanding to have a horse in partnership with Coolmore and congratulations to the Hutchins family for breeding him and it’s great for a group of my clients who have taken a share in the horse.”
The colt comes with an outstanding pedigree as his dam is a half-sister to multiple Group II winner Shania Dane and HK Group I winner Scintillation, while more recent stakes-winners from this family include Group I winning 2YO Summer Passage and Group II winner Man From Uncle.
Fastnet Rock had nine yearlings average $458,889 during the first day of trade with other big results coming for a colt from Radharcnafarraige that made $650,000 and a filly from Paprika that made $500,000.
After two sessions of the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, exciting young sire Rubick is third on the list of first season sires by average and off a fee of $17,600 is punching well above his weight with an average price of $166,786!
“We’re really, really pleased to get him. Brad Widdup and I went around the whole complex looking for one, because obviously I raced Rubick and he’s probably the best colt on the ground for me,” Damion Flower told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“He’s from a really good family as well, nice and stout and he just reminded me a little bit of Rubick himself. A lovely colour, nice conformation and I was really pleased to get him.”
The star colt outsold his own sire Rubick, who was bought from Magic Millions in 2013 for $460,000. He is the first foal of Our Songbird, a winning half-sister to juvenile stakes-winners Debonairly and Corsaire.
Golden Slipper winner Pierro has been enjoying a sensational run of success on the track in recent months and that success was reflected in the sale ring at the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling sale where his colt from Dance Card sold for $1,050,000 on Friday.
Consigned by Bhima Thoroughbreds and bought by James Harron Bloodstock, the star colt is the first foal of Exceed and Excel winner Dance Card, a half-sister to stakes-winner Kaepernick from stakes-winner Volcada.
“Pierro was an unbelievable race horse and certainly in my time in Australia he was one of the very best I have ever seen,” James Harron told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“This colt reminded me a lot of him. He had a lovely temperament. He was bred beautifully and we are delighted to get him.
“He is out of a fast Exceed And Excel mare and you can see that in him in the way he came across in his precocity. Hopefully he can get up go nice and early like his sire did.”
Pierro has had a terrific sale so far with 10 yearlings averaging $381,000, a figure well above his average at this sale last year of $177,222.
Other big sales for Pierro include fillies from Pure Purrfection and Streama that made $550,000 and $500,000 respectively.
The leading second crop sire in Australia, Pierro has had five stakes-winners this season and his top class colt Pierata runs the favourite in the $2million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on Saturday.
Group I winning son of War Front, Declaration of War posted his first Australian winner at Geelong on Thursday with a dominant debut victory for Declarationofheart (2c Declaration of War x Cardiac, by Encosta de Lago).
Prepared by Anthony Freedman, the talented colt showed up in a Flemington jumpout last week and carried that good form into race day.
Sent out a short priced favourite in a small field of three, Declarationofheart stalked his rivals and skipped away to win the 1130 metre maiden by the best part of two lengths.
A $135,000 NZB Premier purchase from the Jamieson Park draft for the Freedman Brothers, Declarationofheart runs for a syndicate that includes Musk Creek and Raffles Thoroughbreds.
He is the first winner for Cardiac, a winning half-sister to Group I VRC Oaks winner Arapaho Miss, the dam of stakes-winner De Little Engine, who is also by Encosta de Lago.
Declaration of War shuttled to Australia for two seasons and is at Coolmore’s Kentucky base in 2018 standing at a fee of $25,000.
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