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Dundeel Tops Magic Millions First Crop Sires' List
Meanwhile, six-time Gr1 winner & New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel, by Zabeel) could not have done more to begin the yearling sale phase of his stud career than head the Magic Millions First Crop Sires' list with 12 lots sold for an average price of $272,500. Arrowfield's decision to send champion filly and Gr1 producer Miss Finland to Dundeel was rewarded with a head-turning colt and a lively sale-ring contest eventually won with a bid of $900,000 by Craig Rounsefell's Boomer Bloodstock. Although that figure was a standout, it was backed up by sales of $500,000 (for Musk Creek's Cerberus Gal colt, bought by Spendthrift Farm), $250,000, $220,000, $200,000 (twice), $170,000 and $150,000 - all comfortably profitable off Dundeel's $27,500 fee. These results reveal a new and welcome willingness to buck the general Magic Millions trend favouring first crop sires with notable juvenile or sprinting form, rather than the six Group 1 victories from 1600m to 2400m that appear on Dundeel's race record. As Marquee Stud's Mark Alati said, after selling the $140,000 Dundeel-Funzero filly to Dynamic Syndications, "The future is very bright for Dundeel."