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Bluebloods : Magic Millions Preview
December 2009 6 MAGIC MILLIONS SALE PREVIEW by Brian Russell ONLY yearlings sold at sales conducted by the Magic Millions bloodstock sales company can succeed each year in the world's richest juvenile double of the $3.5m Golden Slipper and the $2m Magic Millions 2YO Classic. This is because the Magic Millions leg of the double is open only to graduates of auctions conducted by the Magic Millions sales company. The double was won in 2009 by the More Than Ready (USA) gelding Phelan Ready, successful in the Classic at the Gold Coast racecourse in January and in the Slipper at Rosehill Gardens in April. Named Australia's champion juvenile for 2008-09, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Phelan Ready earned nearly $4m for his success in the double, a huge return on the $150,000 he cost at the 2008 January sale at the Gold Coast, where he was offered by the Kitchwin Hills Stud, Scone. If he had been left entire, his sire value would have been astronomical. The same applied to the Danzero gelding Dance Hero ($90,000), another Gold Coast graduate to annex the rich juvenile double, succeeding in 2004, a year he took out all the Sydney Juvenile Triple Crown events - the Slipper, Sires' Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes. Runner up to Dance Hero in the Gold Coast race was Not A Single Doubt ($210,000 yearling by Redoute's Choice) and in the Slipper Charge Forward ($100,000 yearling by Red Ransom (USA)). Both horses were purchased out of the Magic Millions January Gold Coast catalogues and both are now valuable up and coming sires at the Arrowfield Stud near Scone and set to be represented at the Gold Coast sale in January. Not a Single Doubt is a half-brother to the dam of another Magic Millions January graduate, Zizou, a Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) colt standing at Stuart Ramsey's Turangga Stud, five minutes drive away from Arrowfield. A $450,000 yearling who earned $969,525 at the races, Zizou did not run in the Magic Millions Classic, but won the VRC Maribyrnong Trial Stakes-LR and finished second in the Golden Slipper (a head) and runner-up in Melbourne's juvenile jewel, the $1m Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. If he had got home in the Slipper, a race won that year by the Flying Spur filly Forensics, the Gold Coast sales would have the spectacular achievement of supplying the winners of eight of the 10 Slippers run in the 2000- 09 period. Nine other Gold Coast graduates were minor placed in this supreme test of juveniles in that decade. Not a Single Doubt and Zizou are closely related to Snippets, the pioneer of the spectacular honour board of $1m earners who have graduated from the Gold Coast yearling sales. A $22,000 yearling, he was one of less than 200 lots presented at the inaugural Magic Millions sale in 1986, the winner of the first Magic 2YO Classic, the company's first to shine in the Golden Slipper (fourth) and its first Australian champion (both at two and three). He also became the first from the sale to go to stud as sire, a sphere in which he has met with outstanding success. Other Gold Coast yearlings who graduated to do well as sires include General Nediym (knocked down for $20,000, he won the 2YO Classic, finished fourth in the Golden Slipper and was Champion Australasian Sprinter at three), Brave Warrior ($22,000, Show a Heart's sire, he won the 2YO Classic), St Covet ($18,000, second in both the 2YO Classic and Golden Slipper, Champion at two) and Testa Rossa ($45,000, won 2YO Classic, hot pre-post favourite for Slipper but withdrawn at the last minute; a leading juvenile and Champion Sprinter at three). An even greater era for Gold Coast graduates as sires is likely in the near future with the line up including the Widden Stud-located recent Golden Slipper winners Sebring (retired to stud this year) and Stratum (first crop current two year-olds). Also receiving a very good opportunity to succeed at stud are the earlier-mentioned Zizou (short neck second in 2007) and Churchill Downs (third in 2006). Runner up in the Magic Millions Classic and earner through his career of $859,875, Churchill Downs is a son of Danehill standing at Blue Gum Farm, the stud at Euroa in Victoria that launched the sire careers of Encosta de Lago and Testa Rossa. The Magic Millions yearling sales at the Gold Coast not only is a spectacular source of juveniles but of leading three year-olds, aged performers and good runners at all distances, including the 3200m of the Melbourne Cup. This race was won in 1992 by Subzero, a Scone-bred $100,000 Gold Coast Kala Dancer (GB) yearling who earlier in the year at three won the South Australian Derby-Gr.1 and Adelaide Cup, and this year by Shocking, a four year-old Street Cry (USA) stallion sold twice at the Gold Coast - for $45,000 as a yearling and $65,000 as a ready to run two year-old. In earning more than $3.7m to date, Shocking has won five races, including the Cup and The Lexus at Flemington in his most recent campaign, and finished a close second in June in the Queensland Derby. Three years after Subzero's Melbourne Cup victory, Nothin' Leica Dane, a $165,000 Gold Coast graduate, turned in a great performance for a three year-old in finishing second to Doriemus in the race. Now a sire of sprinters, classic and Cup runners, Nothin' Leica Dane went into the Cup as the dominant spring champion three year-old after wins in the AJC Spring Champion Stakes and VRC Victoria Derby. He would have been a hot favourite to win the $1m Magic Millions 3YO Trophy if the event had been in existence at the time. Also only open to graduates of Magic Millions sales, this race is held on the same day at the Gold Coast racecourse as the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and $500,000 Magic Millions Cup at sale time in January each year. On that day Magic Millions presents the world's most unique race day when none of the nine events carry less than $100,000 in prizemoney and are only open to horses purchased at Magic Millions yearling sales. POTS OF GOLD EVERY YEAR for buyers of Gold Coast yearlings S.H. Brian Russell previews Australia's biggest market, the 2010 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast on January 6,7,8,9,10,14. Seven of past 10 Golden Slipper winners sold at the Magic Millions Phelan Ready (More Than Ready (USA)-Nancy Eleanor by Blevic)
Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview