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Princess Coup sets new Magic Millions record

CHAMPION New Zealand racemare Princess Coup set a new all-time record price for Magic Millions when selling for A$3 million (£1,475,128 / €1,703,925) during the first session of the company's National Broodmare Sale in Australia today.

New South Wales-based bloodstock agent Tony Bott, bidding on behalf of an undisclosed client, won the battle for the four-time Group 1-winning daughter of Encosta De Lago.

"She went for more than I thought," he said. "I thought we might be able to get her for A$2 to A$2.5 million, but mares like her only come up every couple of years and we were keen to buy her.

"Earlier in the year I was underbidder to John Singleton on Samantha Miss. It's nice to be able to buy one of these great mares."

Bott said that no decision had yet been taken on a mating plan for Princess Coup, but that "obviously stallions like Redoute's Choice and More Than Ready would be options."

This was Princess Coup's second sojourn to the Magic Millions sale ring, having been bought by New Zealand agent David Ellis on behalf of her racing owners John Bromley and Ray Coupland at the 2005 National yearling sale.

Princess Coup was one of 168 lots sold for a total of A$10,250,500, at an average of A$61,015, in the first session. The catalogue contained 260 horses, with 50 withdrawn and 50 not sold.

During the first session of last year's National Broodmare Sale, 123 horses sold for A$11,747,250 at an average of A$95,506. The clearance rate stood at 69 per cent.





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