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Second seven-figure mare sold at Millions

TODAY'S second session of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast of Australia saw its second seven-figure horse change hands.

The A$1 million (£582,569, €686,915) paid for Strawberry Field, a Listed-winning daughter of Encosta De Lago, fell just short of the sale's overall top lot, Group 1 winner Cheeky Choice, who sold to Baramul Stud for A$1,025,000 on Sunday.

Leading Sydney-based trainer Gerald Ryan won Strawberry Field, outbidding mining magnate Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm. According to Ryan, the mare's immediate future lies on the track rather than at stud.

"She's a really nice mare," he told Australian reporters. "She has a lot of up sides – in fact I can't see a down side at all. She's been out for a while spelling and she will enter work soon... You'll see her racing at Caulfield and Flemington later on in the year."

Strawberry Field's price was over double the second-most expensive horse sold on the second day, Silently, a Listed-winning daughter of Anabaa who sold to the Sedgewynn Syndicate for A$400,000.

Turnover in the first two sessions of the National Broodmare sale is down eight per cent on last year (when star race mare Princess Coup sold for a sale record of A$3 million), from A$19,442,000 to A$17,831,250 (£10,386,750, €12,247,944). The average price fell less sharply, by three per cent to A$54,697 (£31,859, €37,569), and the clearance rate is up, from 77 per cent last year to 80 per cent.

Turnover for the first two days of last year's National Sale was, in turn, down by 44 per cent on the 2008 sale, and the average had dropped by 34 per cent.





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