Pensioned Arrowfield Stud stallion Not A Single Doubt continued to steal the show at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in Australia on Friday.
Fresh from accounting for Thursday’s A$1.8 million session-topper, Not A Single Doubt was again to the fore a day later, this time as the sire of a colt who led Friday’s trade on a A$1.5 million bid from Tom Magnier of Coolmore.
The transaction marked a departure from the trend seen with some of the stallion’s elite stock this week, seven of whom have been snapped up by Tony Fung and Phoenix Thoroughbreds for a total of A$5.53 million. The list includes each of the stallion’s three preceding million dollar lots.
Friday’s session-topper was a first million dollar yearling of the week for vendor Sledmere Stud. Bred by Rifa Mustang, he is the first foal out of Soleil Brulant, an unraced I Am Invincible half-sister to Listed winner Harlem River from the family of popular young Coolmore stallion Yes Yes Yes.
“It’s a great family,” said Magnier. “And he’s a great individual. In fairness, he comes from one of the top farms in Sledmere. Their yearlings have looked incredible this week.
“Guy Mulcaster and James Bester and the whole team really liked this colt and he’ll go to Chris (Waller) and hopefully he can be a runner in the race here next year.
“It’s a family that we know well and with the support that Yes Yes Yes got at stud, we know it’s a family that’s going to get bigger and bigger.
“We are very lucky to be able to get this colt. We’ve got some wonderful investors to race him with – some great friends.
“We are in the game to try and make stallions and these colts are by popular horses and they’re good individuals.
“Fair play to Magic Millions, they’ve really got everyone here this week. You see what is going on around the world and it’s amazing what is happening in Australia – it’s going from strength to strength and we’re delighted to be a part of it.”
Sold! $1.2 million for Lot 869, the Written Tycoon colt from Taqaseem from the @EmiratesPark draft sells to @Spendthrift_au at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale. #MMGC2021 pic.twitter.com/t6klnAP5kI
— Magic Millions (@mmsnippets) January 15, 2021
With four million dollar yearlings to his credit, Not A Single Doubt sits second to Juddmonte’s Kingman among all stallions by average with a figure of A$619,375 for 16 sold. The son of Redoute’s Choice currently heads the champion sires list thanks to the earners of over A$11 million.
With one day of the sale still to go, 706 yearlings have been sold for a total of A$180,130,000 to make it the highest grossing Book 1 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale of all time. The average is running 2% ahead of the same point last year at A$255,142 while the median sits at A$180,000. The clearance rate remains extremely high at 88%.
“To have the statistics we have to the end of day four is quite phenomenal,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. “We have eclipsed last year’s Book One gross with a night to go and both the average and clearance rate are holding.
“There’s an insatiable thirst for the quality horses and the buyers are here in droves and they’re doing business.”
The day’s second most expensive yearling arrived late in the session in the sale of a Written Tycoon colt for A$1.2 million to Spendthrift Australia Pty Ltd.
A first million dollar yearling of the week for his leading sire, the colt is out of the placed Medaglia d’Oro mare Taqaseem, a half-sister to the Group 1 Doomben Cup winner Sense Of Occasion. He was sold by his breeder Emirates Park Pty Ltd.
Kitchwin Hills, meanwhile, gave A$1.05 million for a Snitzel colt from Newhaven Park. The youngster is the second foal out of his dam Supara, a Group 2-placed daughter of Domesday.
Following on from Wednesday’s A$1.8 million topper, Juddmonte’s Kingman enjoyed another good result as the sire of a filly who changed hands from Yulong Investments for A$425,000 to trainer Ciaron Maher. The filly is the first foal out of Raaya, a daughter of Virtual who won in Britain for John Butler and Michael Appleby prior to being picked up for just 10,000gns at the 2018 Tattersalls July Sale by the BBA Ireland on behalf of Yulong Investments. Further back, she hails from the family of top miler Bahri.
As a result, Kingman boasts an average of A$1,112,500 for two sold. Fellow Banstead Manor Stud stallion Frankel, meanwhile, sits on an average of A$207,500 for four sold.
Book 1 of the sale concludes on Saturday.