The top selling youngster, catalogued as Lot 1817, was bred and sold by Baramul Stud with John Crowley of Chevaux Bloodstock snaring him for $250,000.
The colt is a half brother to this season’s Widden Stakes placegetter Mystic Empire and is from a lightly raced General Nediym half sister to Group One winner Royal Descent.
His second dam Mulan Princess and third dam Madam Valeta were both group winners before being retired to stud.
Today’s sale topping colt could return to the same sale ring later in the year with the Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale a possible target.
“He’s a very nice colt,” Crowley said. “He’s beautifully balanced – a precocious type with good legs, good body and a good temperament.”
“We will break him in and then decide what to do. We could possibly bring him back here for the 2YO sale.”
The second top price of the day was for Lot 1716, Arrowfield Stud’s Lord Kanaloa colt from African Piano who sold to UK based bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington for $230,000.
The colt is from an unraced Deep Impact full sister to Japanese based Group Two winner World Ace. The colt’s second dam is a stakes winning half sister to champion international performer Manduro.
Three other yearlings sold for $150,000 including a Not a Single Doubt half brother to All Legal to Gary Moore Racing from Raheen Stud.
A pair of colts, a full brother to Group One winner Plucky Belle and another by Hinchinbrook from a half sister to Lorne Dancer, were both purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $150,000.
During today’s opening day of yearlings over $4.2 million was traded on 103 lots sold at an average price of $41,257. The selling rate was 62.4 per cent.
“The clearance rate is far from satisfactory and we’re disappointed in that,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.
“During the day there were some extremely impressive results and it was great to have Nick Columb and his team from the Hong Kong Jockey Club back on the Gold Coast.”
“We’ve had a record yearling sale series around Australia with an extra $60 million spent this year which could have attributed to the results of today.”
“Given that, there’s plenty of opportunities to buy well bred and conformed horses over the coming two days,” Bowditch added.
Day Two of the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale commences at 11am (AEST) tomorrow (Wednesday). Day Three comprising Book Two yearlings will be held on Thursday followed by the National Racehorse Sale featuring an outstanding catalogue.
DAY ONE STATISTICS
Lots Catalogued: 190
Lots Sold: 103
Lots Withdrawn: 25
Lots Passed In: 62
Sale Gross: $4,249,500
Top Price: $250,000
Average Price: $41,257
Median Price: $30,000
Sold %: 62.4
DAY ONE TOP SELLERS
$250,000 – Exceed and Excel-Empress Wu colt (Lot 1817)
Vendor: Baramul Stud / Buyer: Chevaux Bloodstock (NSW)
$230,000 – Lord Kanaloa-African Piano colt (Lot 1716)
Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Dermot Farrington (UK)
$150,000 – Mossman-Winning Belle colt (Lot 1704)
Tartan Fields / Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK)
$150,000 – Not a Single Doubt-Azardi colt (Lot 1736)
Raheen Stud (As Agent) / Gary Moore Racing (NSW)
$150,000 – Hinchinbrook-Issy Rose colt (Lot 1874)
Bhima Thoroughbreds (As Agent) / Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK)