$725,000 Snitzel Colt Tops Premier Day 1

Snitzel-melb premThe third most expensive yearling to ever sell in Victoria set the Oaklands auditorium alight today as a Snitzel colt from Blue Gum Farm sold to Aquis Farm for $725,000.

On a day when all key financial year-on-year indicators were significantly up it was lot 227 (Snitzel x Jestajingle) which stole the show, with fierce bidding creating spectacular theatre for the enormous crowd who had ventured to Oaklands for Day 1 of the Premier Yearling Sale.

The result – for both breeders Neville and Susan Duncan and vendor Phil Campbell of Blue Gum Farm – was spectacular, causing stirring emotion between both parties.

The Northern Zoustar

Zoustar  DavidThe first Northern Hemisphere foals by Zoustar have created a strong early impression in Europe. Melissa Steele chats to Tweenhills Stud’s David Redvers to find out more.

Most European breeders first clapped eyes on Zoustar as he paraded among the clinking champagne glasses of the inaugural Goffs London Sale in 2014. It was a stepping out into London Society, of sorts, for the Australian sprinter, but it wasn’t meant to be that way.

Alabama Express triumphs in the Orr Stakes

AlabamaExpress-OrrStakesThe 37th Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice and the 13th Group 1 Inglis Easter graduate since 2013 for Arrowfield - that's 3YO colt Alabama Express...

Almost exactly 20 years after a glorious colt named Redoute’s Choice won the C.F. Orr Stakes, his lookalike son Alabama Express has triumphed in the same race, becoming his Champion Sire’s 37th individual Group 1 winner.

The 3YO colt displayed the heart and acceleration to match his arresting good looks when he held off Fierce Impact & Kings Will Dream to win the $500,000 1400-metre weight-for-age contest in 1:22.07.

$750,000 Colt for Golden Slipper Winner Capitalist

capitalistxbooklet-1023Foaled and raised at Newgate Farm for his breeder Nick Vass, this Capitalist colt from Booklet made a big splash at Magic Millions on Wednesday when selling for $750,000 to James Harron, who purchased his sire from this sale in 2015.

A handsome chestnut stamped unmistakably in the image of his sire, the colt is a half-brother to smart winner Groundbreak and is the third foal of stakes-winning Tale of the Cat (USA) mare Booklet.

Sadly for her owner, Booklet died last year and her final foal is another filly by Capitalist.

$1.5 Million Written Tycoon Filly Sets Benchmark for Sire

written-tycoon karuta queen-filly-1020Fillies have been selling like second class citizens at Magic Millions this year in comparison to colts, but Strawberry Hill Stud’s Written Tycoon filly from Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Karuta Queen bucked the turned when selling for $1.5 million on Thursday.

The flashy chestnut was a showstopper and quickly caught the attention of Victorian bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills, who secured the star filly, now the highest priced yearling for her sire Written Tycoon.

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