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MM National Broodmare Day-3: $1.5M For Amanpour
Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Amanpour was the star on day three of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on Friday when selling for $1.5 million. The daughter of Northern Meteor will return to the stables of trainer Gai Waterhouse after being purchased by Victoria's Rosemont Stud in conjunction with Blue Sky Bloodstock. Offered late in the day as part of a late eight lot supplementary catalogue from Gooree Park Stud, as agent, Amanpour attracted an opening bid of $500,000 and received bids from around the complex until Anthony Mithen for Rosemont and Blue Sky got the better of Peter O'Brien of Segenhoe Thoroughbreds. Mithen indicated that Amanpour would most likely be mated with the farm's leading international sire Starspangledbanner when she retires to stud. It was a real family affair for Amanpour with her dam Newscaster selling for $525,000 to the China Horse Club, while her half sister Swing Dance sold for $360,000 to Michael Wallace Bloodstock. The day's second highest seller was the Coolmore Stud supplementary offering Sweet Sanette, a Group winning daughter of Jallad, who was snapped up by Damon Gabbedy's Belmont Bloodstock Agency for $875,000. "She's a gorgeous type and we saw her Fastnet Rock weanling here who was a star type and she's in foal to the leading sire of the Southern Hemisphere in Fastnet Rock, so she's a star," Gabeddy said. The three day select section of the National Broodmare Sale rounded out with a sale gross of $62,294,000 for 527 lots sold at an average price of $118,205. "The stats aren't far off last year, the Teeley year, we've got a gross of over $62 million which is just sensational. We're only about $7 million off last year's turnover and our average of $118,000 and that's only $9,000 off last year's average - it's been a great sale," commented Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox.