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one breeding stock sale of the
Southern Hemisphere, the Magic
Millions National Sale is set to
present another outstanding set of catalogues
With a proud record of unearthing
superstar racehorses and influential breeding
stock, the Gold Coast-based auction is a
must-attend event for thoroughbred players
around the world.
In a relatively short space of time the
sale has quickly established itself among
international buyers for producing
Australian bred globe trotting success stories.
Gr1 winners including Princess Coup,
Gimmethegreenlight, Rocket Man, Tell a
Tale, Costa Viva, Willow Magic, Southern
Lord, Anabandana and Fighting Warrior
were all sold at the National Sale before
starring for international connections.
Former champion New Zealand-based
filly Princess Coup, a National Yearling Sale
purchase for Te Akau’s David Ellis, was a
tremendous success on the track for her
connections and later returned to the Gold
Coast where she sold for a Magic Millions
record price of $3 million at the National
Singapore sprinter Rocket Man, a $60,000
National Yearling, is widely regarded as the
greatest galloper that region has ever seen
trained at Kranji. The superstar short course
performer is a feature winner in Dubai,
Hong Kong and Singapore, and has raced
with incredible distinction despite a string
of injury concerns.
Throw in local champions and two of
the world’s richest stallion syndications in
the past decade, Pierro and Zoustar, and it’s
little wonder why the sale is held in such
Both Pierro and Zoustar were sold at
the National Weanling Sale before being
prepared for the following year’s Gold Coast
Yearling Sale and being sold to their astute
and very fortunate connections.
TOP PRODUCING NATIONAL
Recently retired champion Atlantic Jewel
is another result of an astute National Sale
purchase. Her dam, the Zabeel mare Regard,
was sold at the National Broodmare Sale
while carrying the future star of the turf.
Regard produced just two foals before her
tragic death. Her other foal, a Commands
filly, Commanding Jewel would also win at
racing’s elite level after being sold on the
Aside from star international graduates
including Princess Coup, Rocket Man, Costa
Viva and Tell a Tale, the National Yearling
Sale has also produced the winners of feature
Australian races including the Golden Slipper,
AJC Australian Oaks and Oakleigh Plate.
As well as buyers from all states of
Australia, the National Yearling Sale is
extremely popular with buyers from New
Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Hong
Kong, Korea and Macau.
The National Weanling Sale, meanwhile,
boasts recent star graduates including Pierro,
Zoustar, Anabandana and Driefontein and
this season’s juveniles Alpha Miss, Peggy
Jean, Bugatty and Looks Like the Cat.
While it is the number one place for pin-
hookers, the National Weanling Sale is also
proving popular with astute buyers and
trainers looking for an early value galloper
to purchase with an eye of it carrying their
colours to racetrack success.
“Year in year out the National Sale
produces outstanding results, both in the sale
ring and on the racetrack,” Magic Millions
managing director Vin Cox noted.
“Whether it’s a weanling purchased to
pinhook or a broodmare to establish a
breeding dynasty, the sale has a proud record
of putting the runs on the board for buyers.”
“International buyers have tasted
incredible success in recent times with
National Sale graduates and we’re confident
this will continue with graduates of the
With the quality packed Teeley Sale –
including the complete unreserved dispersal
of broodmares – the 2014 National Sale
promises to present one of the finest in
Australia for many years.
The breeder of Gr1 winners including
Redoute’s Choice, Lankan Rupee, Platinum
Scissors, Miracles of Life, Manhattan Rain
and Absolutely and boom juvenile Rubick
will provide prospective buyers with an
outstanding opportunity to buy into some
of the country’s most successful
The 2014 Magic Millions National Sale
is slated to commence with Day One of the
National Weanling Sale on May 26.
Attention will then switch to the National
Broodmare Sale on May 28 to 30 and the
National Yearling Sale on June 3 to 5. A
National Racehorse Sale is scheduled to
complete the auction on June 6.
“It’s a sale which really does have
something for everybody,” Cox points out.
“Anyone looking for a purchase to take their
racetrack and stud success to another level
must ensure they are on the Gold Coast this
May and June.”
sale will provide
with an outstanding
Zoustar is a
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KM: What exactly is BreedMATE?
GK: The short answer is that it’s a private
online place for stud farms to approach
broodmare owners with a confidential
stallion nomination offer.
KM: Why can’t stud farms do that
on their own?
GK: With some 20,000 broodmares being
bred each year there’s a perception that
somehow there’s a deep supply. But it’s
illusory. Stud farms allocate advertising
dollars across quite a span of the pre-
season, however they’re actually chasing a
diminishing resource from before the Easter
Sale as broodmare owners start to commit
their mares to stallions.
KM: What does that have to do with
GK: You’ve heard of the expression “Like
ships passing each other in the night”? It’s
a similar situation for stud farms, i.e. they
know that even though the mare numbers
are diminishing, unless they are already
clients of the farm, they don’t know which
broodmares are not yet spoken for, who
owns them, how much they want to spend,
or how to contact them. Breeding&Racing’s
Daily News website attracts a significant
audience of owners, breeders and stud
farms every day, so it made sense to create
a platform where qualified stud farms or
stallion owners could correspond with not
yet committed breeders in a private forum.
KM: How is it a private forum?
GK: Effectively, owners of broodmares who
sign up and place their available mares on
BreedMATE see just their own entries. Stud
farms see ALL available broodmares and the
respective maximum nom fee their owners
are prepared to pay. The authorized stud
farm representative does NOT see an email
address when making an offer. It is at the
discretion of the broodmare owner to reply
and thus enter dialogue, or not.
KM: Do stud farms have to offer a
GK: Not necessarily. The platform can also be
used simply to flag expression of interest in the
potential mating. Of course, that’s countered by
the reality that other stud farms on BreedMATE
are likely to make some form of offer to the
breeder. It’s entirely up to each stallion manager.
KM: Do you see the
GK: No, all that we’re able to see is that AN
offer has been made, and when. We have
no access whatsoever as to the actual price
offered, and that raises an important point.
Stud farms are entitled to protect the price
point of their stallions which is why it’s a
confidential forum between stud farm and
broodmare owner. Importantly, beyond the
original offer, all dialogue from the point
a broodmare owner responds to an offer
takes BreedMATE completely out of the
KM: What if a farm has multiple
GK: That’s fine, except that each stallion
nomination offered needs to be a separate
offer with a minimum price put forward
for that stallion. Each stud farm has
a drop down bar with JUST THEIR
KM: Can any stud farm just put their
stallion name in and make an offer?
GK: No. BreedMATE is integrated with
Breeding&Racing’s Daily News website. In
order to qualify for offers to broodmare
owners on BreedMATE, stud farms need to
include their stallions on our website.
KM: What does that involve?
GK: A one-off payment per stallion of $1,895
with a sliding scale based on numbers. Aside
from the stallion having immediate access to
all broodmares on BreedMATE, each stallion
is integrated into the Daily News bulletins
with a direct link to their page on the stud
KM: Why can’t broodmare owners
approach farms themselves?
GK: They can, however aside from there being
a lot of ground to cover, not everybody is
comfortable making an approach, especially if
they’re unsure whether noms are still available.
KM: Anything else?
GK: Yes, every stallion also has a link on the
Daily News website that opens an archive
of up to the last 100 articles in which that
stallion has been covered. The same applies
to news relating to the stud farm, and
there’s a live news feed available for farms
to run on their own site covering their
participating stallions. This operates for 12
months, including during the all-important
yearling sales when owners are looking for
information and updates on stallions.
KM: Who should stud farms contact if
they want to include their stallions or
find out more about BreedMATE?
GK: Christian Whitehead is the best contact;
his mobile is 0413 112 020. They can also go
to the BreedMATE web page:
CREATES A WIN-WIN
Stud Farm Screen
Following a Beta launch of BreedMATE in late 2013, the full
technology is now operational. Kim Melcher (KM) spoke to editor
Gary Knowles (GK) about its benefits to stud farms and breeders.
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