With the completion of the 2016-2017 racing season and the commencement of the new breeding season on August 1, the Mill Park Stud team reflect on what a great season we’ve had not only with our graduates on the track, but how our yearlings have sold at the sales.
The sale season kicked off in January with Mill Park Stud heading to the Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast with a draft of seven select yearlings.
Averaging $280,000 a piece, our top price was $500,000 paid for our first through the ring, Lot 38, the I Am Invincible x Furline filly (pictured below) that was purchased by Stonestreet, Peter Leidel, Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock.
Another yearling by I Am Invincible, this time out of You’re Discreet which sold as Lot 582, was knocked down for $350,000 to China Horse Club, Newgate Farm and Winstar Farm.
A colt from the first crop of Darley’s Dawn Approach (Lot 483) made $240,000 to Astute Bloodstock, and until we sold another colt by the sire at Easter later in the year, the price paid was the top price for a yearling by the Group 1-winning son of New Approach.
Next stop for the team was the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where the six yearlings consigned all found homes.
Leading the way for the draft was Lot 110, a colt (pictured below) from the first crop of Epsom Derby winner Camelot out of the stakes placed Galileo mare Miss With Attitude. Knocked down for $280,000 to Heywood Bloodstock and Mayfair Speculators, the colt will head to the South African stable of Joey Ramsden.
Another who sold well was Lot 27, a filly from the first crop of dual Group 1 winner Zoustar. Out of the winning More Than Ready mare Lassie Mactavish, who has already produced the Group 1 performer Platinum Balos, the filly was secured by Kavanagh Racing for $165,000.
With what seemed like back to back sales, we took a large draft to the Adelaide Magic Millions with Lindsay Park going to $110,000 to take home Lot 298, our Choisir colt who is out of a half-sister to Group 1 winner Zip Zip Aray.
Group 1 Golden Slipper trainer Gary Portelli purchased the Not A Single Doubt x Melania filly (pictured below) for $100,000, while another to make the same figure in the ring was Lot 198, the flashy looking Mossman x Moreau colt secured by John Richardson.
Rewarded for our great draft, Mill Park Stud ended the sale as the Leading Vendor by averages – a great result for all the team.
Our final sale of the year was the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale where we presented a small but select draft of five. Averaging $400,000 Shadwell Stud secured the top lot from our draft, the Snitzel x Dance On Waves colt (Lot 96) for $600,000.
Likely to stay in Australia and go to the stable of Lindsay Park, the well-bred colt (pictured below) has stallion appeal, being by the Champion Sire of the current season, out of Group 2-winning mare who is herself a half-sister to the four-time Group 1 winner Preferment.
Great judges Darren Weir and John Foote Bloodstock parted with $360,000 for Lot 5, our Dawn Approach x Very Discreet colt, giving Mill Park Stud the highest selling two yearlings sold this season by the Darley-based stallion at $240,000 and $360,000.
All in all, at the four yearling sales we attended this year, the farm offered 31 yearlings and recorded 100% clearance – it was a job well done by all of the Mill Park Stud staff as well as a huge congratulations to the buyers who supported us – we look forward to tracking these yearlings as they head to their racetrack careers.
A complete list of our results can be viewed HERE.
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