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Rocket Man: the son of Viscount has South African connections

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Viscount colt holds sway in Millions yearling finale

A COLT by Western Australian-based sire Viscount topped the final session of the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast on Tuesday.

The colt was offered at the auction by Kolora Lodge and was snapped up by a South African client of Magic Millions for A$110,000 (£71,650, €80,270) - a record price for the general session of the yearling sale.

He is a half-brother to two winners in Western Australia including the four-time Perth winner Magic Eight.

Catalogued as lot 2250, the colt is the fifth living foal of the Magic Of Money mare Magic Number - a sister to 11-time winner Vizard.

It's not surprising the colt has been snapped up by a South African buyer considering he is by the same sire as the champion sprinter Rocket Man.

Although being based in Singapore, Rocket Man is raced by South African Fred Crabbia and is prepared at Kranji by former South African-based horseman Patrick Shaw.

Rocket Man was a graduate of the 2007 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale when purchased from the draft of Tyreel Thoroughbred Stud for A$60,000.

Throughout the day some 112 lots changed hands for turnover of A$620,500 - almost doublelast year's corresponding session of A$319,150.

The average price was A$5,540, up over 25 per cent on last year's figure of $4,430.

The clearance rate also grew from 67 per cent last year to over 69 per cent in 2011.

There were buyers at the complex  from countries including South Africa, New Zealand, Korea, Macau and the Philippines.

The National Sale closes on Wednesday with the Magic Millions National Racehorse Sale.






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