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MM National Weanling Sale Day-2: Records Tumble
The session topping Exceed and Excel colt was one of five individual lots to sell for $300,000 or more on Day Two of the 2016 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast yesterday. The second highest priced lot of the day and the overall top selling filly was the So You Think x Dorf Command youngster who was purchased by New Zealand's Ascot Farm in partnership with Victoria's Ampulla Lodge for $335,000. Consigned by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, the filly is the third foal of the stakes winning and Group-placed Commands mare Dorf Command, a winner of seven races and over $429,000. "During the pre-sales we loved her," Ascot Farm's Bruce Harvey said. "We thought she was probably one of the best horses on the sale ground, not just filly." Yesterday's action capped a memorable two day Magic Millions National Weanling Sale with new benchmarks established across the board. "It's the highest grossing sale ever conducted in the Southern Hemisphere and that's a big number," Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said. "It's very much a viable option for our breeders to consider and sell their horses 12 months earlier and at the end of the day you could argue they are getting yearling prices." The gross for the two day sale rounded out at over $17 million - up over $2.2 million on last year's record breaking auction. The clearance rate of 86 per cent was up from 79 and the average price of $60,138 was also a record. Fastnet Rock was the leading sire for the sale by gross ($1,490,000) and average ($248,333 for 6 sold). He also supplied the sale topper on Day One. In the first season sire battle it was Arrowfield Stud's Dundeel ($143,333 average for 6 sold) who came out on top. Zoustar, a former graduate of the sale himself, was well received also with an average of $118,938 for 8 sold.