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11/1/2016 Records Continue to Tumble on Gold Coast

The record breaking form of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale continued today with a new record average and gross achieved during the Book Two sale.

A colt by Written Tycoon and a filly by Sebring topped the proceedings during Day Five of the sale when selling for $230,000 on a day where six lots for $200,000 or more and 28 sold for six figures.

Buoyant trade helped push the average up 12 per cent on last year's sale, while the sale gross soared 25 per cent - both figures records for this day of the auction.

The top priced colt, the Written Tycoon-Rate the Choice youngster was purchased by Victorian trainer Mark Riley from the draft of Woodside Park. He is a half brother to two winners including the smart Hong Kong galloper Graceful Kingdom.

The colt's dam, a once raced Redoute's Choice mare, is a three quarter sister to Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Bradbury's Luck and she hails from the family of Skates - the dam of this week's $1.5 million Pierro colt and reigning Golden Slipper winner Vancouver.

Later in the day the Newhaven Park Sebring filly from Allow was sold to B2B Bloodstock for the equal sale topping price of $230,000. The attractive grey filly is the sixth foal of Rahy's Queensland Oaks winning daughter Allow whose three runners to date are all winners on the track.

Willow Park rounded out the day as the leading vendor on average (for three or more sold) - the highlight of their draft being a Denman filly who sold earlier in the session for $170,000.

Interestingly in similar fashion to the Book One sale the sires of the six lots that topped today's auction when selling for $200,000 or more were all by sires who were graduates of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

"Book Two proved to be a great opportunity for buyers and vendors alike," Vin Cox said. "Competition was strong as evidenced by the 81% clearance rate and the momentum from Book One flowed through the day."

"The combined gross of Book One and Book Two is almost $129 million and that is over $27 million more than last year. This is a great result for breeders who offered Magic Millions some of their best yearlings which in turn we were able to attract a buying bench like we'd never seen before."

"The Jeep Magic Millions Carnival was spectacular from barrier draw to raceday yesterday. The imagery, colour and quality of racing cut through to the mainstream. That has got to be good for the Australian thoroughbred industry as a whole."

"On a personal note it is extremely rewarding to hear the positive comments about the Magic Millions staff and the way they have conducted themselves as hosts to everyone visiting the Gold Coast."

To view the results of the Book One and Book Two sales to date and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.

Day Five (Book 3) of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale will be held from 10am on Tuesday and will be followed by a small and select Racehorse Sale. See the racehorse catalogue here.


$230,000 - Written Tycoon-Rate the Choice bay colt (Lot 824)
Vendor: Woodside Park / Buyer: Mark Riley (Vic)

$230,000 - Sebring-Allow grey filly (Lot 888)
Newhaven Park (As Agent) / B2B Bloodstock (NSW)

$220,000 - Sebring-Permissive chestnut colt (Lot 809)
Rothwell Park (As Agent) / St George Racing (Singapore)

$200,000 - Snitzel-Rose of Mulan bay or brown colt (Lot 829)
Yarraman Park Stud (As Agent) / Proven T'breds/Steve O'Dea (NSW)

$200,000 - Stratum-Wynyard Hall bay filly (Lot 880)
Goodwood Farm (As Agent) / RIFA Mustang Pty Ltd (Vic)

$200,000 - Pierro-Emilydelago bay colt (Lot 963)
Attunga Stud (As Agent) / Spicer Thoroughbreds (Vic)

(2015 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 270 (220)
Lots Sold: 199 (179)
Lots Withdrawn: 25 (16)
Lots Passed In: 46 (25)
Sale Gross: $12,333,500 ($9,863,000)
Average Price: $61,977 ($55,101)
Median Price: $50,000 ($40,000)
Top Price: $230,000 ($220,000)
Sold %: 81 (87)