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Bluebloods : Feb 2011 Issue - Sale Previews
THE Magic Millions Yearling Sale in Adelaide is one of the best value for money auctions in the country, with star graduates proving outstanding investments. The most notable of recent times was sourced at the 2009 auction when Torio's Quest was knocked down for a modest $15,000 to NSW-based owner Bert Vieira. Trained by Brett Partelle, the son of Oratorio (IRE) (Danehill) repaid his purchase price many times over when he landed the $1m Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast under rider Hugh Bowman in January. Torio's Quest, who is out of the Quest for Fame mare Quest for Pleasure, had won the Wyong Magic Millions 3YO event at his previous start and now has career earnings in excess of $685,000. The 2009 sale has also produced another quartet of stakes performers. Happy Trails, Life Is a Cabernet, Obsidia Dragon and Joesready have all earned black type credits and importantly for the Adelaide thoroughbred industry, the first two are by Lindsay Park Stud stallions in Good Journey and Barely a Moment. A central figure in the success of the sale is the accomplished trainer Mark Kavanagh, who has made some inspired Adelaide purchases. His most notable was in 2004 when he secured the crack mare Divine Madonna for $82,500 and she went on to claim Gr.1 titles in the Emirates, Myer and Queen of the Turf Stakes and the Toorak Handicap, to retire with stake earnings in excess of $2m. That same year Kavanagh also outlaid $190,000 for a son of Redoute's Choice. He raced as Undoubtedly and won more than $760,000 after claiming an elite victory in the Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1. The 2008 sale was most notable for the graduation of Face Value's daughter Silent Surround. She was purchased for $36,000 by trainer Mark Minervini and made a quick impression with victory in her first season in the Sires' Produce Stakes-Gr.3 at Morphetville, with her career earnings in excess of $210,000. Last year's Listed St Leger Stakes winner Exceptionally was also a graduate of the auction. Sold for $62,500, the New Zealand bred daughter of Ekraar and a Zabeel mare ended her spring campaign with a runner-up finish in the Sandown Classic-Gr.2, and her bank account currently stands at a healthy $268,000. However, that pales against the money act of 2007 when Augusta Proud went through the ring and was passed in at $47,500 on a $50,000 reserve. She subsequently earned $1.67m with feature race wins in the Magic Millions Classic and at Gr.3 level in the Breeders' and Irwin Stakes. It was also a sale of great note in Adelaide for that talented horseman Mark Kavanagh again. He paid $90,000 for the talented sprinter Catalpulted, and the son of Catbird has won nine races including the QTC Cup-Gr.2 along with The Straight Six and City of Marion Stakes at Listed level to have more than $530,000 in the bank. Stablemate Dr Doute's was another smart piece of business for Kavanagh the same year. He went to $150,000 to secure the son of Redoute's Choice and the Dr Grace mare No Limit, and connections have been rewarded with stakes nearing $460,000, courtesy of a Gr.3 victory in the Carbine Club Stakes and a hometown success in the Listed City of Adelaide Handicap. The trend followed on from 2006 when a trio of purchases subsequently rose to Gr.3 honours. Team Huxtable secured Moment In Time for $33,000, which the Archway mare returned in spades, earning more than $580,000 with victories in the Lord Reims Stakes and the Auraria Stakes and she has proved her worth in Melbourne with a Gr.2 placing in the Matriarch Stakes at Flemington. The 2006 auction also saw the graduation of McClintock and Gabbidon, with the former the dual Gr.3 winner of the Bill Ritchie Handicap at Randwick and the Betfair Stakes at Caulfield, to lift his career earnings beyond $454,000. A daughter of Bel Esprit, Gabbidon was sold for $110,000 and more than doubled her purchase price. She was successful four times, with her career highlight a success in the 1000 Guineas Prelude-Gr.3 at Caulfield. February 2011 25 ADELAIDE YEARLING SALE ADELAIDE GRADUATES highlight sale's value for money Divine Madonna (Hurricane Sky-My Madonna by Prego (IRE)) by Paul Vettise
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