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Good Magic Millions results for NZ studs & sires

Only six New Zealand-based sires and four studs (as catalogued vendors) were represented at the record-breaking first session of the 2007 Magic Millions Sale in Queensland yesterday, but it was pleasing to see them achieve several high prices.

Top price for the New Zealand studs acting as vendors was $A450,000 paid by Wan Keung Lee, Hong Kong for Cambridge Stud's Lonhro-Mrs Squillionaire colt. Cambridge also sold the only Zabeel yearling offered yesterday, a colt from Lady Dehere, bought by South Africa's Laird Racing Stable for $A400,000. Cambridge Stud's shuttle sire Stravinsky, had four lots sold for an average price of $A157,500. His top price was $A220,000 paid by Gai Waterhouse for the Iman colt.

In all, Cambridge Stud presented and sold six yearlings for $A1.48 million. "We are very happy with the result," said the Stud's manager Marcus Corban. "We bought big strong types and they met the market's expectations."

Two colts by freshman sire Thorn Park made six figures. The Miss Brownie colt offered by Amarina Farm for Windsor Park Stud made $A280,000 after very lively bidding from several parties. Fittingly, the colt was secured by Thorn Park's former owner Les Samba. "He was a lovely colt and it is the best possible start for the stallion," said Windsor Park's Rodney Schick.

Fifty-two lots later Thorn Park's filly from Our Fine Lady was sold by Cambridge Stud on behalf of John and Jacqui Todd's Darley Park, for $A110,000 to Victorian trainer Pat Carey.

The Chitty family's Haunui Farm, Auckland, sold two colts, by Red Ransom and second-crop sire Van Nistelrooy for $A75,000 and $A50,000 respectively.

Dick Karreman's The Oaks Stud, Cambridge sold a colt by first-crop sire Spartacus for $A130,000 to Anthony Cummings, NSW, and passed in a Tale of the Cat filly.

Westbury Stud, Auckland sold the Madison Girl colt by freshman sire Captain Rio to Stephen Theodore for $A50,000.

Of the 220 lots catalogued for the session, 190 were offered and all but 14 sold, for an average of $A187,131, up 40% on the first session in 2006. The top price was $A1.5 million paid by Lee Freedman for the Redoute's Choice-Liberty Rose colt.

With thanks to Rob Burnet at Thoroughbred News for additional reporting.

- Susan Archer & Rob Burnet