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Turnover up at Millions National Broodmare Sale

THE three-day select session of the Magic Millions National Broodmare sale concluded on Tuesday with turnover increasing from last year – thanks to a larger catalogue and in spite of the absence of a star top lot like multiple Group 1 winner Princess Coup, who made a sale record A$3m at the 2009 renewal.

Overall, in a 709-strong catalogue that was 30 per cent larger than last year, 442 horses sold (76 per cent of those offered) for turnover of A$22,970,000 (£13,145326, €15, 735,556),up 15 per cent on 2009.

Nathan Tinkler

Nathan Tinkler: on the buyers' list

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However, the average price of A$51,968 (£29,740, €35,607) was down eight per centon last year's renewal.

The select session's final instalment lacked the fireworks of its two predecessors, and it took only A$290,000 (£166,051, €198,746) to secure the top lot Star Mystic, a Group 2-placed sister to Group 1 winner Alverta by Flying Spur, sold in foal to Choisir. She was bought by Sydney-based agent Vin Cox.

Next best was dual Group 1 winner Victory Vein, sold in foal to More Than Ready to mining magnate Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm for A$280,000.

Nancy Eleanor, the dam of last year's Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready, failed to reach her reserve of A$1m.

Magic Millions' David Chester said: "Selling was tough – the clearance rate slipped from the first session when it was 86 per cent – but, all in all, to finish with the figures we have, we're pretty happy."

A separate broodmare session is held at Magic Millions on Wednesday before the start of the company's National Yearling Sale on Sunday.




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