Real opportunities will be presented to buyers on Sunday, June 26 with the Belmont Park Sales Complex hosting the Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling and Thoroughbred Sales. Around 150 lots have been entered to date with vendors having until today to lodge a supplementary entry. The 2016 Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling Sale has quickly established itself a premier source of quality performers. The past two editions this sale have produced Group Two Western Australian Guineas winner Man Booker ($25,000 purchase with earnings of $496,300), Crystal Slipper winner and Karrakatta Plate runner-up Spangled Impact ($2,000 buy with $260,400 earned already) and quality performers Atacama Sky (Ascot 2YO winner and Perth Stakes runner-up) and Recoiled (won first two starts in Perth at three). This year's catalogue includes (at least half) relations to stakes performers including Black George, Oroya Gold, Prentice, Rockshaft, Vitalism and Young Lionel and youngsters from stakes mares Danni's Crystal, Only Glory, Rosey View and Simply Adorable. The 2016 Magic Millions Perth Winter Thoroughbred Sale comprises 113 lots to date and plenty of interest will surround in excess of 50 weanlings to go under the hammer including members of the first crop of group winner Galah. Other sires represented by weanlings include Black Heart Bart's sire Blackfriars as well as Dash for Cash, Dick Turpin, Frost Giant, Gingerbread Man, Patronize, Planet Five, So Secret, Trade Fair, Universal Ruler and Your Song. The Racehorse section of the catalogue is highlighted by Western Australian Derby winner Respondent and other city winners including Essayez, Express Dancer and Sheerkat. Feature broodmares in the line up include Group Three winner Native Song and the dam of star local group winner Pop Culture. A highlight of most Perth Thoroughbred Sales is the draft from Peters Investments - this time around there are 12 lots - the majority of them proven quality racehorses. To view the online catalogue for the Perth Winter Yearling Sale click here and to view the catalogue for the Perth Winter Thoroughbred Sale click here.
The catalogues for the upcoming Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling and Thoroughbred Sales are now online and available for download via the equinline iPad app. The sales will be held on Sunday, June 28 from 11am with the yearling section to be followed by the thoroughbreds at the Belmont Park Sales Complex. The 73 lot Yearling Sale features youngsters by more than 20 individual sires. Those sires include Alfred Nobel, Blackfriars, Myboycharlie, Oratorio, Sebring, Skilled and Trade Fair. Among the yearlings catalogued are (at least) half relations to stakes performers including Big Caroline, Captain Obvious, Coppertito, Good Serpent, Miss Copycat, Need a Lift, Oroya Gold, Prentice, Secret Monarch, Thundershock, Very Auspicious. Stakes winning mares with yearlings set to go under the hammer include Bella Diva, Homesville Lass and Gr3 winner Twilight Spy who has a Sebring colt catalogued. Yearlings offered will be eligible for nomination to the $11.29 million Magic Millions Race Series which features the Perth 2YO Classic, Perth 3YO Trophy and the Goldfield 2YO & 3YO Classic at Kalgoorlie as well as Australia's richest raceday at the Gold Coast from January 2016. The Thoroughbred Sale will follow with a quality line up weanlings, racehorses and broodmares to go under the hammer, with the highlight among the racehorses being Gr2 WA Derby winner Mystic Prince, one of a seven lot draft from Peters Investments. Yarradale Stud has a 31 lot draft with 30 weanlings including members of the first crop of Singapore champion Gingerbread Man. Weanlings in the sale include (at least) half relations to stakes winners including Hesitates, Super Lacuna, Simply Adorable, Gold Aura and La Plunge and youngsters from stakes mares including Lady Go Bello, Shapira, Hello Darl, Maybe Arch, Claise Brook, Factional, Smart Lady, Canny Princess, Mega Me and Point of No Return. The broodmares catalogued include Gr2 winner Only Glory, fellow stakes performer Initial Outcome and Carabine, the dam of Melbourne trained stakes winner Booklet.
At Ascot in Western Australia, Scenic Lodge's VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) added a group success when 2YO gelding Prentice (Blackfriars-Stella Vision, by Scenic) scored a huge upset at odds of 100-1 when saluting by 0.25-length for trainer Simon Foster in the $200,000 Gr3 WA Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs, over 2YO filly Dancing Express (Oratorio-Ladies Dancing, by Zabeel) & 2YO colt Hobart Jones (So Secret-Tribulot, by Tribu). This was the first stakes victory for Prentice who took his record to 1 win from 5 starts for $130,800 earnings.
Racing Queensland responded sharply to “comments attributed to former racing licensee Michael Jackson in an article published in The Sunday Mail on August 28” (last Sunday). In that article comments were attributed to Jackson to the effect that “racing is rife with drugs” & “if they went through 100% of the jockeys every Monday morning, they’d get close to 30%”. RQ director of integrity operations Jamie Orchard declared: “Nothing could be further from the truth. The men & women who ride in races are professional athletes engaging in an inherently dangerous sport. As a group, they are conscious of the dangers illicit drugs would pose both to themselves & to their fellow riders & therefore tend to stay right away from them.” Orchard noted: “Nonetheless, RQ has in place a stringent drug testing program which sees riders tested somewhere in the state every week. RQ performs unannounced testing at race meetings & track-work sessions & the results have never been anywhere near those levels suggested by the former licensee quoted in the article.” And Orchard emphasised: “Jockeys themselves support the rigorous drug testing program, as inconvenient as it might be for them when they are preparing to race, and this is a clear indication that jockeys as a group share the views of RQ that illicit drugs have no place among the professional athletes in our sport.” Queensland Jockeys Association president Glen Prentice endorsed RQ’s drug stance & insisted: “The QJA & all Queensland jockeys fully support Racing Queensland’s stringent drug testing program & acknowledge that the baseless comments by a former licensee are unfounded due to the level of testing jockeys are subjected to in Queensland. Racing Queensland & the Jockeys Association work hard making all riders aware of their obligations in relation to banned substances.”