Yarradale Stud sire War Chant (USA) dominated Day 1 of the Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale with three of the top four lots in the Swan Valley.
His half-sister to multiple stakes winning sprinter Quilista (Scandal Keeper) led Monday’s session at $240,000 when purchased by Attunga Stud’s Brian Nutt and bloodstock agent Jim Clarke.
Offered by Willow Dale Farm (as agent) for Korilya Stud owner Ellie Giles, she is also a half-sister to the LR Fairetha Stakes winner Red Can Man.
“We actually paid a little bit more than we thought we would have to pay,” Nutt said. “I’m really happy with the one that we got. I really liked her and there’s plenty of upside going forward.
Mornington trainer Matt Laurie secured the second top-priced lot when going to $200,000 for the Western Breeders Alliance colt by Winning Rupert from Bitter Twist. “I thought he was a standout,” Laurie said. “I obviously had to bid pretty hard to get him.
“He’s a really forward, well-muscled and well-balanced colt – a typical early looking style of horse. His physical attributes really matched his page and I’m thrilled to get him.”
War Chant chimed in with the $180,000 filly from Verse (Lot 133) and $170,000 for the colt from Diamonds’n’dreams colt (Lot 5)
Singapore-based Constance Cheng, buying under the Thoroughbred Owners Association and Sports Trust banner, purchased the filly who is a half-sister to G2 Hill Stakes winner Lamasery. “I thought she was the top filly of the sale,” Cheng said. “I really liked her as a type and it was great to be able to buy her off Yarradale Stud as I have had a lot of success with the stock from the farm.”
Turnover reached $8.84 million on Day 1 at a record average of $71,302. The clearance rate was a disappointing 73% but Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch expects it to improve over the next 24 hours.
“It was a really solid day’s trade,” Bowditch said. “And as the results indicate, everyone was playing a part – from the locals to our interstate and international visitors.”
Leading trainer Adam Durrant led buyers with a total spend of $1,016,000 and Western Breeders Alliance topped vendor turnover with $1,095,000 for 15 sold.