Gold Coast, January 7 - Renowned South Australian nursery Mill Park only every bring a top class draft to Magic Millions and they took centre stage on Wednesday afternoon with a stunning Sepoy filly from Celebrity Girl that fetched an amazing $850,000.
The first foal a young stakes-winning daughter of Starcraft, the much admired filly was widely tipped as one of the fillies of the sale and lived up to expectation when secured by Michael Wallace Bloodstock on behalf of the China Horse Club.
“She’s a filly with an exceptional pedigree and has great similarities to her sire and her mother,” Michael 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 China Horse Club have already tasted Group I success in Australia this season as owners with their high class Fastnet Rock filly First Seal, winner of the Group I ATC Flight Stakes.
“She’s for the China Horse Club and we will sort out a trainer for her in the next few weeks. She will remain in Australia and we look forward to watch,” Wallace added.
Celebrity Girl was also an expensive yearling, bought by South Australian owner/breeders Trevor and Beth Robertson at Inglis Easter in 2010 for $500,000.
A powerhouse chestnut like her sire Starcraft, she won three of 10 starts for Mark Kavanagh including two Listed victories and was retired to stud by the Robertson’s in 2012 with Sepoy chosen as her first partner.
A mating between two such good looking chestnuts has certainly produced another just the same and hopefully with the same ability!
Celebrity Girl has a filly foal by another chestnut Golden Slipper winner in Sebring and was covered last year by I Am Invincible.
Also starring for Mill Park was a cracking Redoute’s Choice colt from Group II ATC Villiers Stakes winner Dances on Waves that sold for $575,000 to Stallion Racing/Jadeskye Racing.
The second foal of Dances on Waves, who is a half-sister to the dam of Group I VRC Victoria Derby winner Preferment, the colt will be trained by Gerald Ryan.
The only other Mill Park yearling to be offered during the first session was a Northern Meteor colt from Victory Cry that was secured by Scone Bloodstock Services for $300,000 making for an amazing first day of trade.
Mill Park still have half a dozen yearlings to offer in the remaining sessions.