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Star mares boost opening Magic Millions session

STAR mares Sister Madly and Military Rose added sparkle to the first session of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast, selling forAus$1 million and $Aus800,000 respectively.

Compared to 2010, 272 lots (236 last year) were catalogued with171 selling (184)  for an aggregate of Aus$7,397,350 (Aus$9,604,000) and an average of  $Aus43,259 ($Aus52,196).  The clearance rate was 77 per cent (85 per cent last year).

Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said the session marked a positive recovery after a  tough National Weanling Sale last week.

"Most vendors met the market and the clearance rate of over 77 per cent was encouraging," he  said. "There was spirited bidding on many lots and it was nice to see the market accept the star mares Sister Madly and Military Rose with strong prices - maresof their quality are rarely offered at auction."

Offered by Ian Smith's Edinburgh Park, Sister Madly was sold to Bill Mitchell on behalf of Segenhoe Stud.  "She's a beautiful mare and Segenhoe are delighted to have purchased her," Mitchell said of the Group 3-winning daughter of Redoute's Choice. "She is an outstanding type.

"The mare still has a future on the racetrack and she will be heading to the stables of John Sadler inMelbourne prior to joining the broodmare band at Segenhoe.

"She is by a champion sire and is a half sister to a champion sprinter in Silent Witness - she has a lot going for her," Mitchell told

The group winning General Nediym mare Military Rose, winner of last season's Magic Millions 2YO Classic, was purchased by Baramul Stud for $800,000.

Offered by owners Hoss and Gillian Heinrich, Military Rose proved herself one of the star juveniles of the country and shot to prominence by winning last year's Magic Millions 2YO Classic. "She will race on until she heads to stud in September," Baramul Stud's Gerry Harvey said.  "Hopefully she can win another feature race or two before she is retired. She's a top class mare and she will visit Redoute's Choice in her first season at stud later in the year."




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