YOUNG Victorian trainer Brent Stanley joined the exclusive million-dollar club as the Magic Million yearling sale on the Gold Coast climbed to new dizzy heights.
Stanley’s Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds and CB Bloodstock paid $1 million for a Fastnet Rock-Ten Carat Rock filly last night on the final session of the Book 1 sale.
Ten Carat Rock is an unraced Rock Of Gibraltar mare, a sister to Sliding Cube, the dam of Rubick, and a three-quarter sister to champion sire Redoute’s Choice and Group 1 winner Platinum Scissors. She’s also a half-sister to Group 1 winner Manhattan Rain.
It is the most expensive yearling ever purchased by Stanley, who as an apprentice won the 1996 Caulfield Cup on Arctic Scent. Stanley, 36, began training in November 2012.
With Stanley's purchase it took to six the number of $1 million yearlings purchased at the Magic Millions sale, which realised sales of $115,806,000 with an average of $195,618. The clearance rate was 88.62 per cent.
Four years ago the average price for a yearling at the Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast was $134,255.
The sale’s gross was up by 26 per cent from last year; the average price rose by 15 per cent and, significantly, both are benchmarks in the 31-year history of the Gold Coast sale.
Also, it was the highest grossing yearling auction in the southern hemisphere since 2008.
Vin Cox, the managing director of ...