Sixcessful sale for Mill Park’s graduates

With the 2016 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale set to commence this coming Monday at the Morphettville Sales Complex after the Adelaide Cup meeting, Mill Park have an outstanding record at the sale and their 2016 draft should be a must inspect.

Mill Park have consigned a host of stakes-winning graduates at the sale in the past highlighted by Group 1 winners Happy Trails, Divine Madonna, Mummify, Devil Moon, Gold Guru and Undoubtedly who between them have won 17 Group 1 races and amassed over $14.5 million in earnings for their connections.

Having provided six of the 33 individual Group 1 winners produced from the sale, with races won by these graduates including the Blue Diamond Stakes, Caulfield Cup, Underwood Stakes, South Australian Derby, Singapore International Cup, Emirates Stakes, Toorak Handicap, Queen Of The Turf Stakes, Myer Classic, Australian Derby and Australian Guineas – all at Group 1 level to name a few!

Purchased for $41,000, Mummify (below) went on to claim five races at Group 1 level; the Caulfield Cup, South Australian Derby, Yalumba Stakes, Underwood Stakes and the Singapore Airlines International Cup, all up winning nine races from 48 starts and over $5 million in earnings.

Secured by Mark Kavanagh for $190,000, the Redoute’s Choice colt out of Kiss Of Halo was named Undoubtedly, and was a winner of the Listed Queen Adelaide stakes in South Australia on debut, before the Dwayne Dunn-ridden colt recorded an impressive two and a quarter length victory in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes two starts later.

While both Devil Moon and Gold Guru failed to meet their reserve prices, both went on to claim victory at the highest level, giving their connections an amazing ride on the track.

Gold Guru was successful in the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington, before heading to Sydney and taking out the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes against the older horses, defeating Might And Power, who at their next start turned the tables, with Gold Guru finishing second in the Group 1 Mercedes Classic.

Next it was the Group 1 AJC Derby, and while Tie The Knot started the favourite having won the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas at his prior start, Gold Guru proved too good, winning by a length over Tie The Knot, who would go on to win the Group 1 Sydney Cup at his next start.

King Cugat’s daughter Devil Moon (below) first tasted stakes success in the Listed H C Nitschke Stakes, before winning the Auraria Stakes (Group 3) and Port Adelaide Guineas (Listed).

Third at Group 1 level in the Schweppes Oaks, her final start of her three-year-old campaign, the mare resumed at four and recorded wins in the Group 3 Let’s Elope Stakes and the Group 2 Crane Stakes before a long head win in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes.

Another mare from the list to really highlight herself as sheer class was Divine Madonna, purchased for $82,500.

A classy performer at three, it was a four-year-old that the mare really stepped up, winning the Group 1 Emirates Stakes in the spring before the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes during the Sydney Autumn.

The following campaign saw the mare capture the Group 1 Toorak Handicap before the Group 1 Myer Classic.

One of the best of her generation, Divine Madonna retired with earnings over $2 million and was then sold as a broodmare to Darley for $2.7 million!

The final Group 1 graduate of the sale – so far – is warhorse Happy Trails – who this weekend will contest the Group 1 Australian Cup after a third in the race 12 months prior.

Purchased for $11,000 by his trainer, Happy Trails first highlighted himself as a horse of promise with a string of placed performances at stakes level at three.

Narrowly beaten behind More Joyous in the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap of his four-year-old season, the following spring he resumed with a win in the Group 3 Spring Stakes, before winning the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes and two starts later defeated fellow Mill Park graduate Fawkner by a short half head in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (below).

A winner of the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes during the following spring, before a half-head second to three-year-old Shamus Award in the Group 1 Cox Plate, Happy Trails endured a long period away from the track due to injury before victory in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes the following spring.

As the winner of over $3.1 million, the now eight-year-old is still racing with zest and we wish him and his connections the best of luck for the remainder of his career.

Extremely proud of our local sale, Mill Park will have sent a quality draft of 16 yearlings; nine colts and seven fillies to this year’s Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale including an All Too Hard half-brother to Happy Trails.

With 18% of the Group 1 winners sold through the Adelaide sale coming from Mill Park's previous drafts, please ensure you click here to take a look at our 2016 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale draft or head to Barn 4, Row B to inspect them – you won’t be disappointed.

For any further information, contact Chris Watson on 0417 838 489.