THE 2017 Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale has a lot to live up to in terms of what the 2016 edition produced but a study of the 133 lots to be offered at the Inveresk Showground in Launceston on February 16 suggests the sale could set new records.
For many years Tasmania has proven to be the best value Magic Millions sale in the nation with horses such as The Cleaner ($1.3 million in stakes) that cost a mere $10,000 and Lady Lynette ($13,000) that became the first locally bred mare to gross a million dollars in stakes are just two prime examples of what’s on offer on the island state.
Lady Lynette (Ladoni-Queen’s Own) was sold as a broodmare for $270,000 so she ranks as one of the al-time bargain buys from a Tasmanian yearling sale.
Add to the mix a more recent graduate in dual group 1 winner Palentino ($987,000 in stakes) that topped the 2014 Tasmanian sale at $85,000.
That’s just three of the well-performed gallopers emanating from the Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Others to record multiple wins interstate are Triple Asset (Nadeem-Caralowe) that won two Group 3 races as a 2YO in 2011 and only last season Hot Dipped (Written Tycoon-Galvanized) emerged as a potential Group winner when she won three from three in Tasmania to earn the title of Tasmanian 2YO of the year and so far this season she remains unbeaten by winning the 3YO Cup (1200m) and 3YO Vase (1400m) and her next mission is the $100,000 Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) in which she is likely to start favourite.
Only last Monday (Boxing Day) another Tasmania sale graduate in Kenjorwood (Snippetson-Flying Diva) delivered another brilliant effort to win the Listed Lord Stakes at Caulfield over 1700m to take his career earnings to almost $700,000 earned from 10 wins and 17 minor placings from 45 starts.
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The 2016 sale delivered record sale figures grossing $2.34 million with an average of $23,168 and a clearance rate of 83.47%.
A colt by Written Tycoon from Kandy Korn topped the sale. He was knocked down to Longford trainer John Blacker for $115,000 while another Written Tycoon colt from Edikeni sold for $100,000 to Victorian Many Gelagotis.
The average price at the 2016 sale was up 26% on the previous sale.
Tasmania has a reputation for punching well above its weight on the national stage so is it any wonder interstate owners and trainers flock to Tasmania for the annual Magic Millions sale and 2017 will be no exception.