The Magic Millions starts the ball rolling next month and the Gold Coast sale is the barometer of how the remaining southern hemisphere sales will perform. Gerry and Katie Harvey have created a sensational atmosphere and vendors bring many of the best yearlings available to get the first crack at the millions buyers are prepared to spend.
Among the major features next year are the first-season sires, spearheaded by the US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah which stands at Coolmore Stud.
He has 27 lots at the Magic Millions and a further 20 will sell at Karaka, the Premier and Classic Sales and will have a large team of his yearlings at the Inglis Premier Sale. Other shuttle sires at the first five sales include Air Force Blue, Cable Bay, Frosted and Territories for Darley and Maurice, Mikki Isle and Shalaa for Arrowfield.
Buyers invariably spend up on the locals and again I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, Zoustar, Not A Single Doubt and the late Sebring will dominate. Local first-season sires expected to shine include Newgate pair Capitalist and Winning Rupert.
Inglis unveil strong catalogue
Inglis released their list of yearlings for the Melbourne Premier Sales this week and the catalogue is possibly the biggest and strongest bunch they have ever assembled. The sale includes a son of the world champion stallion Galileo which is the only yearling by the champion sire to sell in the southern hemisphere in 2020.
The Premier Sale will run over three days and is the second to be conducted at the revamped Oaklands auditorium. Inglis’ Victorian bloodstock manager Simon Vivian declared the catalogue “as strong as he can remember” and many regulars would agree with his views.
The sale has attracted 120 stallions and will be striving toe emulate he great record he has produced. Since the 2018 Premier Sale 13 individual group 1 winners have came out of the sale including Santa Ana Lane, Nature Strip, Beat The Clock, Hey Doc, Scales of Justice and Kenedna.
The Galileo colt comes up early on day one as Lot 79 and is from the Erinvale draft. He is from the Danehill mare Cape Jasmine and this cross in the northern hemisphere has proven to be a sensational one. Another super stallion with representation in Melbourne is Frankel with three of his yearlings scheduled to sell.
Snitzel has a solid representation of nine yearlings with I Am Invincible a total of six. Zoustar has the biggest list of yearlings in the Premier Sales of the big-name sires with 26 lots catalogued – 23 in Book 1 and three in the Highway section of the sale.
New Zealand-based Dean Hawthorne, who buys for one of Australia’s biggest owner-breeders Jonathan Munz, struck again at the Arqana December Sales in Deauville when he bought two daughters of Galileo.
Last year Hawthorne outlaid $770,000 for two of Galileo’s daughters and this week he paid that much for the mare Fleeting Fancy, in foal to No Nay Never.
‘‘We love Galileo mares and have been accumulating them for a while,’’ Hawthorne told Coolmore’s website.
‘‘We would have 10 or 12 of them in Australia and Galileo is turning into a phenomenal broodmare sire. You could send anything to him and get a proper horse.’’
Munz owns GSA Bloodstock and Hawthorne sent more than 80 mares to stud this year.
The top-priced mare at Arqana was Frankel Light which cost Andrew Lloyd Webber €1.3 million ($2.1m).
Myboycharlie heading north
The much travelled Myboycharlie is on the road again, this time heading to Turkey for the 2020 breeding season. The 14 year-old stallion has sired 20 black-type winners including five group 1 headed by Jameka.
During his career Myboycharlie has stood in France and Australia with seasons at Vinery Stud and Bowness Stud down under.
Accompanying Myboycharlie to Turkey is 15 year-old Authorized (Montjeu), the English Derby winner which stood four seasons in Australia under the Darley banner.
Authorized’s main claim as a stallion has been through his great son Hartnell, one of Godolphin’s bravest group 1 performers which was able to notch four wins at the highest level in The BMW, Turnbull Stakes, CF Orr Stakes and Epsom Handicap and winning in excess of $7 million.