It was also a memorable day for Mill Park Stud, with each of their three yearlings through the ring changing hands for a total of $780,000. Two of their draft made the top ten led by Lot 128, a Medaglia d’Oro (El Prado) colt who realised $320,000 to Jadeskye Racing and Gerald Ryan.
The colt (above) is the second foal out of Listed winner Starmon (Monolith) and from the further family of top two-year-old Danewin (Danehill) and leading sire Commands (Danehill).
Mill Park was also represented by a colt from the first crop of All Too Hard (Casino Prince), who was purchased by Peter Moody for $300,000, and a Medaglia d’Oro filly, Lot 107 (below), who sold for $160,000 to Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds and CB Bloodstock.
The All Too Hard colt, Lot 110 (below), is the first foal out of Matriarch Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) winner Midnight Martini (Street Cry), herself a granddaughter of New Zealand Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) heroine Sawatdee (Deputy Governor).
“We knew we had some lovely colts and a nice Medaglia d’Oro filly,” Chris Watson, manager of Mill Park Stud, told ANZ Bloodstock News. “Obviously Medaglia d’Oro is doing a very good job as a proven stallion and All Too Hard has been really well received as a first season sire.
“I think they were both impeccable types and it certainly helped to push them beyond the average of what those stallions are achieving. I think they were well sort after by many.
“It certainly was beyond our expectations, we were hoping for some really respectful prices but they well and truly exceeded what we thought they would achieve that’s for sure.
“I think the market is certainly up compared to last year, inspections are well up on last year and I think we will certainly find the average is well up too. It has been very impressive.”
Moody was hopeful that he would not have to stretch so far to secure the All Too Hard colt but was not surprised at the final figure.
“I was hoping not [to have to go that far], but I feared it and my fears were allayed,” he told ANZ Bloodstock News. “I just have to go home and find some mummy’s and daddy’s for him now.
“He’s a nice colt, I really loved him. He’s out of a young stakes winning mare, a first foal and she has done a good job producing a foal like that first go.
“All Too Hard was a super racehorse, in twelve months time we will either be saying how clever we are or how silly we are for paying overs. He was just a lovely fella, presented well off a terrific farm in Mill Park who has produced Group One winner after Group One winner so it’s hard to go wrong.”
The colt was one of two yearlings by Vinery’s All Too Hard to sell for $300,000 alongside the daughter of legendary triple Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Makybe Diva (Desert King) who was sold as Lot 109 by Milburn Creek to trainer Tony McEvoy.