A filly by leading Hunter Valley based sire Snitzel topped today’s Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale in Launceston.
Former Tassie trainer and now Seymour based horseman John Blacker secured the filly, catalogued as lot 15, for $55,000.
She was offered at the auction by Armidale Stud, acting as agent for Reibey Lodge.
“She’s a nice filly and she is by Snitzel and they have sold for plenty at sales around the country in recent times,” Blacker said.
“I trained her dam (Butzie) and she had plenty of ability and should have won a couple of times in Melbourne.”
“Her mum won over a mile and placed past 2000 metres and with the Snitzel coming through I think it will make her into a nice filly.”
Butzie, the dam of the sale topper, won six races and earned black type when placed in a Tasmanian Guineas. She is a daughter of Delago Brom.
Denise Martin of Star Thoroughbreds loves returning to her native Tasmania each year and she snapped up two lovely prospects today.
Martin, the buyer of such champions as Sebring and Theseo, said both yearlings would stay in Tasmania and be trained by Barry Campbell.
She went to $50,000 to secure Grenville Stud’s Tale of the Cat filly from former outstanding juvenile Ehor.
“She looks an early running style two-year-old and is by a very good two-year-old sire,” Martin said.
“And it’s a family I’ve had some success with as Ehor is a half sister to Party Crasher.”
Martin’s other purchase was the much talked about All American-Whitemore Dynasty colt from Aceland Stud for $45,000.
Half of all proceeds of the colt were donated by Aceland Stud and Magic Millions to the Salvation Army Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal.
“Ace Shaw (of Aceland Stud) is a wonderful supporter of racing and breeding in Tasmania and I am delighted to be able to buy the colt.”
“It was a wonderful act of generosity that will see $22,500 donated to the Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal.”
“The All American colt is different to the Tale of the Cat filly. He will be a later two-year-old and should furnish into a lovely three-year-old.”
All up today over $1.1 million was traded on 93 lots at an average price of $12,266 – both the gross and average were higher than last year’s corresponding sale.
“It was a very satisfactory day at the office,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox reported.
“For any average to go up over five per cent in the market is an outstanding result. Obviously we would have liked a higher clearance rate – but we were coming off a record clearance for the auction last year.”
“It was very good to see so many visitors from the mainland and also great to see some new faces buying.”
“Full credit to Tasbreeders and Tasracing for their extremely hard work to ensure the success of the sale – and that all kicked away with a successful race meeting last night,” Cox added.
The Magic Millions focus now immediately switches to Perth for the raceday on Saturday and the yearling sales next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Belmont Park Sales Complex.
SALE TOP SELLERS
$55,000 – Snitzel-Butzie filly
Vendor: Armidale Stud (As Agent for Reibey Lodge) / Buyer: John Blacker (Vic)
$50,000 – Tale of the Cat-Ehor filly
Grenville Stud / Star Thoroughbreds (NSW)
$50,000 – Hard Spun-Short ‘n’ Sweep filly
Armidale Stud / Leigh Winwood (Tas)
$45,000 – All American-Whitemore Dynasty colt
Aceland Stud / Star Thoroughbreds (NSW)
$45,000 – Churchill Downs-Caralowe colt
Armidale Stud / Griffiths Training (Vic)
(2012 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 136 (115)
Sale Gross: $1,140,750 ($1,024,500)
Average Price: $12,266 ($11,642)
Median Price: $10,000 ($7,000)
Top Price: $55,000 ($60,000)
Lots Sold: 93 (89)
Lots Withdrawn: 10 (4)
Lots Passed In: 33 (23)
Sold %: 74 (79)