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Magic Millions recap: SA breeders steal the show

South Australian breeders were at the fore of the 2023 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

Barossa Valley’s Cornerstone Stud were the leading vendor with their crop netting $1,136,500 while Kadina’s Kambula Stud sold the highest-priced yearling on the second day of the sale.

The $220,000 colt by Written By, sold to John Foote Bloodstock, was only bettered by a son of Harry Angel who was purchased for $230,000 on the opening day by Kennewell Racing and George Moore Bloodstock, Moore also paying $220,000 for a Capitalist on day one.

Ross Hatton and Max Schofer’s Rathmore Lodge also enjoying a big result with their half-brother to smart WA youngster Brave Halo making $110,000 and selling 14 of their 17 entries.

Macdonald/Gluyas Racing spent up parting with $490,000 across the two days with the bulk coming late on the second day on two filles at $150,000 from Willow Grove Stud.

$16.8m was spent over the two-day sale on 341 lots at an average price of $49,507 with 17 six-figure horses sold.

Despite a slight drop on the record figures from 2022, Magic Millions Director Barry Bowditch said it was another superb Adelaide sale.

“The South Australians who leave their best horses here in the state have been very well rewarded and it’s fantastic to see,” Bowditch said.

“Racing SA is doing its best to improve the Racing Rewards incentive scheme and to get Adelaide racing humming and we’re going to support them as well.”

“Take last year’s sale out of the equation, which was an unbelievable sale and up some $5 million on the year before, this is as good a sale as we’ve had in Adelaide,”

“It’s an easy sale to work and anyone who comes here, comes back and anyone who hasn’t been, should be coming to Adelaide,” he said.


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