McRosties connect on Gold Coast

Prominent owners Barry & Jan McRostie have topped the Western Australian spend at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Over five sessions, the WA connection bought stock worth more than $1.70 million during the highest-grossing, southern-hemisphere yearling sale on record.

The Perth couple paid $200,000 for a first-crop filly by Shooting To Win from NZ stakes winner Raid (Pins) on Wednesday. She is related to Stratum Star (G1 Kingston Town Classic).  They were back on Sunday with $185,000 for a Written Tycoon filly out of French Move (Montjeu), another NZ-bred mare, who is a winning daughter of Scarlet Runner (G2 Sir Tristram Classic).

The McRosties have raced numerous stakes winners with the standout being Miss Rose de Lago. She won a G3 Champion Fillies at Ascot before moving east to add the G2 Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley. A valuable breeding prospect by Encosta de Lago, she had a maiden cover to Sebring this season.

Merriest (Denman) won a LR Atlantic Jewel Stakes at Moonee Valley carrying their cerise and dark blue colours and she wasn’t far away when fifth in the $600,000 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares on Saturday.  Later in the afternoon, Caipirinha (Nicconi) claimed her third black-type victory in the LR Miss Andretti Stakes at Ascot. She had won the LR Belgravia and Placid Ark Stakes last season.

Rapid Equine owner Neil Irvine was also active at the Magic Millions purchasing fillies by Written Tycoon and Shooting to Win plus a first-crop colt by English Group 1 star Toronado.

Irvine operates Balmoral Park at Bedfordale which offers top-class agistment facilities as well Breaking-In and Pre-Training services. Shares are also available in Rapid Equine racehorses and stud manager Brian Collison can be contacted for further information on 0411 055 164.

WA TOP 10 – MAGIC MILLIONS

$210,000   F   Fastnet Rock – Goody Two Shoes    Simon Miller
$210,000   C   Shooting to Win – Fairchild    Yenrise P/L
$200,000   F   Shooting to Win – Raid (NZ)    Barry & Jan McRostie
$185,000   F   Written Tycoon – French Move (NZ)    Barry & Jan McRostie
$180,000   F   Dundeel – Statuette    Boomer Bloodstock

$150,000   F   Written Tycoon – Gibraltar Storm    Rapid Equine
$130,000   F   Shooting to Win – Jacinta    Rapid Equine
$130,000   F   Sebring – Bewitchment    Dan Morton
$100,000  C   Snippetson – Fiorentina    Neville Parnham
$80,000    C   Time for War – Little Black Fish    Yenrise P/L

BARRY & JAN McROSTIE & DANNY O’BRIEN