Two Mungrup yearlings fetch $100,000 at Magic Millions sales

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

This week’s 2017 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sales have been another successful one for Great Southern breeder Mungrup Stud, selling 31 lots including two prized youngsters above $100,000 at the Belmont Park Sales Complex.

The annual two-day sale attracted yearlings from studs across WA but the Narrikup-based Mungrup Stud sold the most of any vendor, with 31 yearlings bought from its 48 lots while its total gross price of $836,000 was second only to Gervase Park Stud, Belhus ($959,000 gross).

Mungrup’s highest-priced yearling was lot 135, an Oratorio- Zabore Loch filly bought for $105,000 by Harvey Racing, which consists of WA father-son combination Robert and Todd Harvey.

The other yearling to fetch $100,000 was an Oratorio-Bantry Bay colt, lot 167, which was snapped up by top metropolitan trainer Neville Parnham.

Mungrup Stud’s Ann Croucher said there were pleasing signs across the sales.

“It was a tough sale for a lot of people and we thought it went OK,” Ms Croucher said.

“We were really pleased with the Zabore filly. She is just perfect and a really good breeding prospect after she finishes racing.

“Our Bantry Bay colt is a cracking type and Neville purchased him along with quite a few of our Playing God stock.

“There was a lot of interest in our Playing God’s, which is great going forward.

“Trevor Andrews also bought a full brother to Outlaw Pete for $60,000 and these sorts of trainers have been big clients for us for a long time.”

Nine of Mungrup’s 48 lots were passed in and eight withdrawn, but its average sale price was a healthy $26,968 across the two days.

Croucher said several of those passed-in lots had been sold within hours of being in the ring.

Cheval Stud in Mt Barker sold both its lots on offer, with Morton Racing paying $28,000 for a Gingerbread Man-Trespier colt. A Trade Fair-Around Jindabyne filly from Mt Barker’s Clare Downs Stud fetched $58,000 from Paula Wagg, the stud’s only yearling up for sale.

Albany trainer Steve Wolfe made 10 purchases, his highest buy a $50,000 Oratorio colt from Just As Beautiful, while Roy Rogers spent $95,000 in one of his four purchases. Albany’s Jonathon Jachmann also bought two yearlings, while Mark Nelson made a buy for a local syndicate.

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