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MM Gold Coast Day-1: $700K For Tapit Filly
The second top seller on day one of the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale yesterday was the filly by champion North American sire Tapit from the US-bred mare Leinan (Ready's Image) who was purchased by Mandalong Stud and Gary Nickson Racing for $700,000. Offered as Lot 165 by Newhaven Park, the attractive brown or grey filly was the star pick of the Sydney-based trainer Nickson. "We liked the way the filly walked," Nickson said. "She was a good type with beautiful conformation, great temperament and a good pedigree." The filly will be raced by Mandalong Stud's 94-year-old owner Rick Pisaturo who sat with Nickson to secure their number one pick of the sale. A total of $35.9 million changed hands for 187 lots sold during the opening session at an average price of $192,016. The clearance rate was a healthy 85 per cent. "There were 11 yearlings over half a million dollars and they were spread across a number of sires," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "The market is wide and varied. The buying bench is strong across all levels and to see the average, gross and clearance rates all rise has provided a great start," Cox added.