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Snitzel colt heads first day of Millions Perth

A COLT by Snitzel topped Tuesday's opening Premier Session of the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale at Belmont, Australia.

The colt, a member of a quality packed Oakland Park Stud draft, was purchased by local bloodstock agent Damien Wyer for A$240,000 (£163,541/€195,129).

In a fierce bidding battle it was Wyer who outlasted Melbourne based bloodstock action Mark Pilkington for the colt.

 

"He was in our opinion the colt of the sale," Wyer said.

"He had a great walk, had good x-rays and we were keen to buy him. I purchased him for unnamed clients but I can confirm he will be trained by Jim Taylor."

The colt was one of three yearlings to sell for A$200,000 or more.

The others were an Oratorio half brother to WA Guineas winner King Saul for A$205,000 to trainer Dan Morton and a Bernardini colt from Born Priceless for A$200,000 purchased by Cameron Cooke Bloodstock.

Morton was delighted with the purchase of the Oratorio-Zenda colt from the draft of Namerik Thoroughbreds.

"He's an outstanding colt and I'm excited to be able to buy him," Morton reported.

"His family is setting the world on fire and Oratorio is going very well - everything looks good with him."

During the Premier session, 98 lots were sold at a gross of A$6,930,000 (£4,353,549/€5,194,951).

The average price was A$70,714 (£47,701/€56,911), a record for the Perth Yearling Sale.

The clearance rate was an impressive 80 per cent.

"There was spirited bidding throughout the day and the Premier Session proved a great success with quality lots attracting strong interest," said Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox.

"It was great to see a number of horses exceed their reserve prices and it was pleasing to see a healthy clearance rate for the first section of the sale."

The first offerings from the next select tier of the sale also started to go under the hammer.

Some 31 lots of this part of the catalogue were sold at a gross of A$799,500and average price of A$25,790.

The top price was A$60,000 for a So Secret filly from Real Hi purchased by Commercial Bloodstock Services.

 

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