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

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Nine of Mungrup’s 48 lots were passed in and eight withdrawn, but its average sale price was a healthy $26,968 across the two days.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