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FBAA Turnover Reaches $8.65M MM Broodmare Sale
Belmont Bloodstock's Damon Gabbedy was one of 8 Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) members active at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast who spent a total of $8.65 million. China Horse Club blew the competition away spending more than $9.3 million on 14 mares during Book 1, but faring best of the rest of the buying bench were Gabbedy and James Harron who both signed for bloodstock worth in excess of $2.9 million. The most expensive of Belmont Bloodstock's 24 lots was NZ bred stakes winner Serena Miss. The NZ bred daughter of Iffraaj was purchased for $700,000 on behalf of Torryburn Stud's John and Brett Cornish. "She is a Group 2 winner twice and Group 1 placed in the NZ 1000 Guineas...she will go to Snitzel this year," Gabbedy said. Another Gr1 Kiwi-bred mare targeted by Gabbedy was Imperial Lass for $650,000. The first-crop daughter of Cambridge Stud sensation Tavistock won at Moonee Valley and was placed behind Winx in last year's G1 Queensland Oaks. Imperial Lass is also a three-quarter sister to Tavistock's G1 Australian Derby winner Tavago. "There's a lot of upside and we haven't decided whether to keep her with Ciaron Maher or send her straight to stud," Brett Cornish said. "She will be very easy to mate being free of Danehill and will more than likely go to Redoute's Choice." Boomer Bloodstock's Craig Rounsefell signed for 6 lots averaging $225,000. They ranged from $110,000 for G3 Sydney Breeders' Classic winner Steflara (Zabeel) to $310,000 for LR Manihi Classic winner Angels Beach (Bel Esprit). Steflara (Zabeel) is in foal to Helmet and Angels Beach is straight off the track after her most recent black-type placing the G3 Maurice McCarten Stakes at Rosehill in March. Sheamus Mills spent $1.36 million on the Gold Coast and among his buys were a half-dozen mares for Yulong Investments. Top of the dial was Godolphin's Sydney winner Zauberflote, in foal to Exceed And Excel, for $525,000. Randwick Bloodstock's Brett Howard paid $125,000 for proven producer Sevillano (Octagonal) in foal to Shooting To Win. She has already delivered stakes winners Parrawi and Scream Machine. Earlier, Howard donned his Glenesk Thoroughbreds jersey to sell last-start G1 Robert Sangster Stakes winner Precious Gem (as agent) on behalf of her owners. The Econsul mare was purchased by China Horse Club for $825,000 and she can pay that straight back in the G1 Stradbroke at Eagle Farm this Saturday.