Econsul’s Group 1 winning mare Precious Gem is still in the mix for the G1 Stradbroke Hcp (1400m) after fetching $825,000 at the Magic Millions National Sale.

The last-start G1 Robert Sangster Stakes winner was purchased by China Horse Club and remains on track for the $1.50 million Stradbroke at Eagle Farm next Saturday, June 11.  She’s quoted at $31 in pre-post markets for Queensland’s richest race.

Agent Michael Wallace said being a Group 1 winner made her an attractive broodmare and that was evidenced by the price-tag.  “She’s a nice investment and fits the bill among several young mares China Horse Club has purchased recently,” he said.  “She will probably go to stud this year and we will consider stallions like Pride Of Dubai and Vancouver.”

Vendor Brett Howard of Glenesk Thoroughbreds said it was always the intention to sell Precious Gem at the National Sale.  “That’s why we sent her to Henry Dwyer late last year,” he revealed.  “She’s in career-best form and I reckon the move has added $600,000 to her sales price.”

Darling View resident Econsul (NZ) sired the Group 1 winner from Gem Of Gems (Peintre Celebre).  She is also the dam of Econsul’s Singapore stakes sprinter Happy Money.

China Horse Club topped the buyers’ leader-board at $5.94 million when Book 1 of the National Mare Sale finished on Friday afternoon.  They also paid a sale-topping $3.40 million for Listen Here (Elusive Quality) in conjunction with Bruce Perry Bloodstock.