Emirates Park general manager Shalabh Sabu told Bloodlines they made the dual nomination believing the colt’s value would be extremely high at either venue
“His pedigree plus appearance along with the debut win of Ehthaar (Written Tycoon) in the Gimcrack Stakes were major attributes and we believed he could go close to being one of the top lots,” Dr Sabu claimed.
“He got cast in his box and lost a bit of skin but had two complete overhauls by the Emirates veterinary team who suggested we withdraw him from the Gold Coast and take him to Sydney.
“They believed the float trip to the Gold Coast would take the edge off his sale prospects, adding he could have some after-effects along with the extra workload he would undergo at the Magic Millions.
“We were fortunate enough to nominate the colt for both sales and he will have an extra three months to fully recover and we will concentrate on getting him ready for the Easter Sale.”
Dr Sabu also gave Bloodlines a report on the progress of the Ciaron Maher/ David Eustace-trained Enthaar leading into the autumn riches.
“She is really pleasing the stable and Ciaron has her program worked out with the Blue Diamond lead-up and that will culminate in the filly heading to Sydney for the Golden Slipper,” the general manager said.
“It’s all systems go.”
Emirates Park still has an impressive crop of yearlings heading to the Gold Coast and Dr Sabu said he was greatly impressed by Lot 869, the colt by Written Tycoon from Yagaseen who is a half-sister to the multiple stakes performer Sense of Occasion, whose wins included the group 1 Doomben Cup.
Little Huntress a runaway winner
A follow-up on last week’s Bloodlines article which featured the performances in both hemispheres of the progeny of Darley-owned stallion Frosted.
The stallion sits fifth on the US leading first-season sires table and he added an additional winner last weekend at the Laurel racetrack, scoring a 14-lengths win at her second race start.
Little Huntress was the filly responsible for the runaway win over seven furlongs. She finished second at her only start at the same track on November 21.
Coolmore’s one-time shuttle sire Uncle Mo was the standout sire of sires in the freshman stallions table, supplying three of the top five sires.
Nyquist also stands at Darley’s Kentucky base and was the winning performer, with the farm also standing Frosted at the same stud for the same fee of $US40,000.
Magic Millions graduates shine
Boxing Day racing at Eagle Farm last weekend proved to be a bumper advertisement for the Magic Millions Yearling Sales. Two graduates from the Gold Coast January sale won the major events with Alpine Edge successful in the Gr3 Bruce McLachlan Stakes and The Elanora in the Gr3 Grand Prix.
Alpine Edge has a filly by Deep Field (Lot 1244) while The Elanora has a Lonhro filly (Lot 961) selling next week.
Other Eagle Farm graduates from the Magic Millions were Splendoronthe grass (So You Think), whose dam, Mumbai Rock, has an I Am Invincible filly (Lot 578) being auctioned.
Results at Randwick were also to the fore as Magic Millions buys courtesy of Dream Castle, whose dam has a Exosphere colt selling as Lot 1213, and Dumbrowdy Power’s dam, She’s A Fox, who has an American Pharoah filly (Lot 779).