A$110,000 pair share honours at MM Perth
YEARLINGS by Oratorio - the Australian-bred Group 3-winning son of Stravinsky - and Blackfriars shared the honours on the third day of the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale in Australia, both being picked up by leading local stables for A$110,000 (£75,052/€90,432).
Trevor Andrews, bidding on behalf of Craig Thompson's Mt Hallowell Stud, purchased the Oratorio filly from Mungrup Stud. She is the third foal out of Klazig, a Sydney-winning Flying Spur mare who hails from the family of Group 1 winners Rouslan and Quick Star.
Neville Parnham nabbed the Blackfriars colt who is out of Crossed Wires, by Scenic, and was sold by Durham Lodge.
Parnham was able to outbid the Penang Turf Club to secure the youngster, a three-quarter brother to stakes performers Wynyard Hall and Dark General.
Wynyard Hall's daughter Darlington Abbey won the Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic last weekend.
Darlington Abbey's trainer Simon Miller was active when he made it nine purchases from the select component of the sale. He purchased another at the premier session.
"It's been a great sale so far and I've bought some lovely yearlings," Miller said. "And I will be back on Saturday night for the general session."
The select sale rounded out with the sale gross of A$5.4 million (£3,684,390/€4,439,528) traded on 225 lots at an average price of A$24,000 (£16,375/€19,738). The clearance rate reached 69.2 per cent.
That pushed the overall sale gross to A$12,352,500 (£8,430,818/€10,159,016) - almost A$300,000 higher than for the same sessions last year. The overall sale clearance is 72.3 per cent - up from 67 last year.
"The premier and select sale sessions have concluded and overall the sale went well," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.
"Quality yearlings attracted good interest and accordingly sold well with a strong buying bench.
"There's a reason behind most of the passed in lots and breeders need to reassess where they are at with that style of horse."
The fourth day of the sale, a general session, will be held on Saturday and a Racehorse sale will follow after the last yearling goes under the hammer.