The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale has smashed all records for its Book One auction with previous benchmarks obliterated during the action packed four day event.
The first foal of Group III winning Dubawi (IRE) mare Intimate Moment, she was the standout performer on Day Four and helped elevate the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale as the highest ever grossing yearling auction in Southern Hemisphere history.
At the Magic Millions Yearling sale on Thursday, Tony McEvoy was forced to go to $600,00 to purchase the Zoustar x Solar Charged filly, which was double he needed to purchase her sister Sunlight the previous year.
Sunlight paid all expenses plus some when she overcame interference to capture Saturday's $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on the Gold Coast.
From an outside barrier, EF Troop made a beeline to the fence causing crowding to Secret Lady and Sunlight resulting in Jonker being severely checked and almost put over the fence.
Prolific owner Bob Peters did not have long to stew on the disappointment of Royal Star being withdrawn at the barriers in the Tattersalls Cup when that filly's sister Perfect Jewel captured the $500,000 Group II Sky Racing - W.A. Guineas (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday.
One of just two fillies in the race, Perfect Jewel was three wide with cover for Willie Pike and did not shirk the task in the straight. She was strong to the line defeating Achernar Star (Gingerbread Man) by three-quarters of a length with Art Series (Sebring) a length back in third.
Winner of the Listed Belgravia Stakes on October 28, the daughter of Redoute's Choice advances her record to 4 wins from 5 starts with earnings of $432,280.
"The ups and downs of racing. Her full sister gets pulled out at the barrier and this filly draws barrier 16 and still wins, how do you handle that," Bob Peters said.
"I've always liked her and Royal Star, they are nice fillies and it's just wonderful to see you can do it from this barrier. One of the best horses I owned, Old Spice, drew 16 and got beaten a lip.
"We resisted the temptation to run her in the Champion Fillies and kept her three weeks till this one and it worked."
Bob Peters won the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic in 2015 with the 3yo filly Perfect Reflection but was non-committal about Perfect Jewel following a similar path.
"It just depends on how she pulls up. She will tell us," he said.
Consistent Sebring mare Notonyourlife scored a valuable Black Type win in the Listed BRC Ubet Classic at Doomben on Saturday providing a great result for her owners Eureka Stud.
The Tony Gollan trained six year-old was tuned up with two recent trials but was unwanted by punters going to the post at $41.She belied that lack of interest from punters, charging home from back in the field to win the 1200 metre sprint by half a length.
A $50,000 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale purchase from the Widden Stud draft for MM as agent, Notonyourlife runs for Eureka Stud and has the overall record of six wins and 11 placings from 37 starts with prizemoney topping $320,000.
Recently I was speaking to a friend who owns a share in a two-yearold colt the trainer had recommended be gelded. The trainer felt that the youngster was “too colty” in his work, which was hindering his training and future as a racing prospect. The colt was turned out for a spell while plans were put into place for him to be gelded, which included a sign-off from the group of owners, many of whom didn’t know each other.
My mate said he expected that the trainer’s recommendation would be adopted by all the owners, however, he was dismayed to find that some wanted the horse to remain a colt.
Danny Power (Inside Breeding 2017)