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MM Broodmare Sale Day-1: $1.9M For Bounding
Gr1-winning mare Bounding (Lonhro) was the star act of a stunning opening day of the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale at the Gold Coast yesterday. The outstanding daughter of Lonhro, presented by Willow Park Stud, attracted intense interest and in the end it was the $1.9 million bid from US bloodstock agent John Moynihan on behalf of Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables. Moynihan, who purchased subsequent Gr1 winner Miracles of Life from this sale two years ago, said he would talk to the Snowden stable about Bounding's future, but said it was likely the mare would be retired immediately to stud. “When I was here a few years ago at the Teeley Dispersal I saw her mother and we really wanted to buy her as I thought she was beautiful,” Moynihan said. “At the time I guess Bounding was still running and her mother got sick and was in the clinic, so we didn’t get her. But this one is a carbon copy of her, she’s gorgeous.” “It’s an amazing family. She’s the kind of mare, if we’re lucky with her, she can provide a lot of very valuable yearlings to sell and she’s got the kind of pedigree that if she produces the right colts they can be stallions.” Bounding's dam, Believe'n'succeed, won a Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude before retiring to stud and is a full sister to Gr2 winner Kuroshio and listed winner Agulhas. Believe'n'succeed herself sold for $1.1 million when offered through the Gold Coast sales ring and she now resides at Coolmore Stud in Ireland and is in foal to world champion sire Galileo. This is also the family of dual US Gr1-winning mare November Snow.