THE Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale got off to a flying start on Monday evening, with all key metrics up on last year.
Seventy-five lots were sold at an average of $51,540, up 47 per cent from 12 months ago. The gross was $3,865,500 (up 65 per cent), the median $40,000 (up 60 percent), and the clearance rate was a very healthy 82 per cent.
Sheamus Mills secured the top lot on day one for $230,00, surpassing last year’s sale topper – a Master Of Design-Swiss Vault colt (now named Swiss Design) knocked down to Kennewell Racing/Ozzie Kheir for $220,000.
Mills splashed the cash on Goldin Farms’ lot 64, a Sebring filly from Redoute’s Choice mare Aussie Crawl (a three-quarter-sister to Bawaardi), that will be trained by Mick Kent at Cranbourne.
“I thought she was the best horse at the sale, colt or filly,” Mills told G1X.com.au. “I paid a touch more than I thought she was worth, but you always do on the ones that are real quality.
“She’s a beautifully balanced, good-walking filly. If he trains her to be a two-year-old, she can win, but I certainly think she’s got scope and quality beyond her two-year-old year.
“If you said to me ‘if she’s going to win a good race, what will it be?’, I’d be suggesting the Thousand Guineas is the sort of race she looks physically the right type for.”