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Millions National Weanling Sale Off To Positive Start

Monday, 30th May 2016

Meanwhile, New South Wales based nursery Amarina Farm snapped up a couple of exciting prospects including the second top seller on the day - the Not a Single Doubt-Wilde Irish Song colt - from Bell River Thoroughbreds for $280,000. That colt is the first foal of a Magic Albert winning half sister to Gr1 Australian Oaks winner Once Were Wild. One of the day's other top sellers was the I Am Invincible-Radiant Star colt also from the Bell River Thoroughbreds Dispersal and purchased by Sheamus Mills Bloodstock for $250,000. "I thought he was one of the nicer colts in the sale," Mills said. "He's by a proven sire who's a horse on the up. He's a nice horse who can come back here and hopefully make $400,000 or $500,000." A number of first season sires enjoyed positive results, none more so than Zoustar, a former star galloper who interestingly was sold at the same sale as a weanling. The dual Gr1 winning son of Northern Meteor had two colts sell for $250,000. The Armanjena colt from Kambula Stud sold to Amarina Farm, while James Bester secured the Sun Maid colt from the Bell View Park Stud Dispersal. "I loved him. I thought he was the best of the Zoustars. He was an outstanding walker - there's no question that he's the best mover in this sale," Bester said. At the close of trade, 152 lots had been sold for a gross of over $8.3 million at an average price of $54,625. The clearance rate was climbing and is well up on last year's corresponding opening day. "The National Sale has got away to a good solid start with a very healthy clearance rate of 84 per cent," Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said, noting that 28 lots sold for $100,000 or more. "Competition was extremely strong for the desired lots. While the turnover and average are down on last year we expect that to improve tomorrow," he added.

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