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Makybe Diva: a three-quarter sister to the great mare, Bakarje Diva, sold for A$600,000 during the opening session

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Solid start to Magic Millions Broodmare Sale

THE Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on Australia's Gold Coast opened on Sunday in solid style with over A$9.6 million traded on 184 horses and the top lot selling for A$1.025 million (£599,165/€705,638).

The mare in question, Cheeky Choice, was sold to Gerry Harvey of Baramul Stud in foal to More Than Ready. Bellogio Lodge consigned the six-year-old daughter of Redoute's Choice, who won the Group 1 Equal Flight Stakes and Group 2 STC Tea Rose Stakes during her time on the track.

By the conclusion of selling, the day's aggregate stood at A$9,604,000 (£5,613,746/€6,611,749), a six per cent decline on 2009. The average fell 14.5 per cent to A$52,196 (£30,509/€35,933). However, the clearance rate rose from 77 per cent to 86 per cent.

Another daughter of Redoute's Choice, Makybe Diva's three-parts sister Bakarje Diva, commanded the day's second highest price when selling for A$600,000 (£350,671/€413,072) to Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm. Also a sisterto the Group 2 winner Musket, the three-year-old cost A$1.8 million as a yearling and was sold by Attunga Stud with a placing from four starts to her name.

"It was a solid day's selling at the Gold Coast," said Magic Millions managing director David Chester. "To have the clearance rate at 86 per cent is outstanding. A lot of other similar sales throughout Australasia this year have struggled with their clearance rates, so we're very happy so far.

"We've still got a long way to run yet over the next couple of days, but so far, so good. The quality fillies and mares offered today attracted strong interest, but across all levels there was some outstanding value on offer."




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