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Coolmore auction raises A$400K for bushfire aid

COOLMORE's stallion nomination auction has raised over $400,000 for the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

Bidding for nominations to five Coolmore Australia sires concluded today. David Throsby emerged the winning bidder for star stallion Encosta De Lago, sire of Sacred Kingdom, Racing To Win and Princess Coup among others.

Throsby's bid of A$270,000 trumped the next best bid, from Racing To Win's owners Trevor Stuckey and Penny Yan, by A$10,000.

Hong Kong-based breeder Deborah Ho won the nomination to Fastnet Rock, currently the leading first-season sire in Australia by number of individual winners, for A$66,000, while Stuart Ramsey's Turangga Farm sealed the nomination to last year's Queen Anne Stakes winner Haradasun with a bid of A$40,000.

Norfolk Thoroughbreds was triumphant on the nomination to Spinning World, sire of Group 1 winners Spinning Queen, Ancient World and Thorn Park, at A$7,000.

The nomination to Royal Academy, which was won by Mark and Lea Owens for A$20,000, had a very notable underbidder – legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien, who saddled the son of Nijinsky to record a memorable win in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Mile when ridden by Lester Piggott.

Coolmore Australia general manager Michael Kirwan said: "Full credit goes to breeders across Australia and New Zealand for their enthusiasm in embracing this worthy cause and to all the media outlets both across the country and internationally that have continued to help keep this very important cause in the public eye.

"We couldn't have raised a sum like this for the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal if it wasn't for all of these good people." 




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