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A daughter of July Cup winner Stravinsky topped day one of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale when selling for A$200,000



Stravinsky filly is star turn at Magic Millions

A DAUGHTER of Japanese shuttler Stravinsky proved to be the star turn during the first session of the three-day Magic Millions Weanling Sale in Australia when knocked down to Figtree Thoroughbreds for A$200,000 (£98,905/€113,117).

The filly was one of six weanlings to break the A$100,000 barrier on a day when 163 lots were sold for an aggregate of A$4,012,000 - a significant 62 per cent drop on last year's figure which was bolstered by the Swettenham Stud dispersal.

The average also registered a major decline, falling 65 per cent to A$24,613 (£12,171/€13,920). However, the clearance rate remained steady at a highly respectable 80 per cent.

The sale-topping filly was conceived in Australia when the EI outbreak prevented Stravinsky from travelling on to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand. Consigned by Coolmore Stud, she is the first living foal out of Irongail, a stakes-winning daughter of Canny Lad.

A colt by US shuttler and leading Australian sire More Than Ready was also in demand, selling to Hassen Adams of South Africa for A$155,000 (£75,651/€87,665).

Vinery offered the colt, who is a half-brother to a winner and out of Yes She Can Can, a dual-winning daughter of Canny Lad.

The Irish-based De Burgh Equine was also in action, paying A$150,000 (£74,179/€84,838) for a Holy Roman Emperor half-sister to Group 2 winner Belong To Many.

Although the level of Sunday's trade fell far short of last year's figures, Magic Millions managing director David Chester was satisfied with proceedings, saying:

"Last year our catalogue was boosted by the outstanding dispersal of weanlings from the Swettenham Stud operation. And at that time theeconomy was strong and bidding was frantic.

"This time around the buyers are getting some incredible value. The quality weanlings are proving popular and the buyers are overall very happy."

He added: "We are pleased with the clearance rate of 80 per cent for a first session - hopefully that figure and also that of the average will climb tomorrow."







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