GOLDEN Slipper winner Sepoy created history on the opening day of the 2015 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on Wednesday when one of his daughters established a new highest price by a first season sire. The chestnut daughter of Celebrity Girl was knocked down to New Zealand-based bloodstock agent Michael Wallace for $850,000 acting for the China Horse Club.
Celebrity Girl (by Starcaft) won the Listed VRC Cap d’Antibes Stakes and SAJC Redelva Stakes. “She’s a filly with an exceptional pedigree and has great similarities to her sire and her mother,” Wallace told Sky Racing.
“She’s an outstanding first foal from one of Australia’s best breeders in Mill Park. “It was probably a bit more than we expected to pay, but diamonds don’t come cheap. There’s always going to be intense competition on a filly like that.”
The sale has so far proven to be a triumph for Darley sire Sepoy whose progeny have been highly sought after. “It’s a tremendous result for us, the team and Sheikh Mohammed,”
"It was probably a bit more than we expected to pay, but diamonds don’t come cheap. There’s always going to be intense competition on a filly like that." __Michael Wallace
Darley General manager Henry Plumptre said. “It is fantastic for people that supported him in his first year to start getting returns like this. “The counter side is that it carries an enormous weight of expectation when they run next but I’m happy to run with that downside because we’ve got such faith in the horse.” “It’s always above expectation when you get a filly go off and make $850,000 like that, it’s a pretty race occurrence. “We would have been happy
with the old mathematical equation of three or four times the service fee as an average and he’s doing a lot better than that,” Plumptre commented.