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Magic Millions Select Mares Day-1: $1.65m Melito
In the auction ring, Coolmore Stud's Tom Magnier paid top price of $1.65 million for dual Gr1-winning, triple Gr2-winning & 7-times Gr1-placed 5YO racemare Melito (Redoute's Choice-Cloister, by Marauding) during the opening session at the 2-day Magic Millions National Select Broodmare Sale on the Queensland Gold Coast. Melito (consigned by Reavill Farm) was sold in-foal to Coolmore's former dual Australian Champion Sire Encosta de Lago & Magnier commented: "Obviously she is a serious mare. She's a lovely looking individual with a great pedigree. She had great speed & a great deal of quality & all of the lads were keen to buy her. Mares like her don't come up for sale very often & we're delighted to be able to buy her. She will be served this spring by (former Australian superstar & now 9-time Gr1-winning 5YO entire) So You Think & I can't wait to see the resultant progeny." The price is the 4th highest paid in the history of the sale & the 2nd most expensive for a mare in-foal. On the track, Melito (a $600,000 yearling consigned by Reavill Farm at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) recorded 5 wins (in 2011's Gr2 Apollo Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill, plus both 2010's Gr1 Winter Stakes over 1400m at Eagle Farm & Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes over 1200m at Randwick, as well as 2009's Gr2 Furious Stakes over 1400m at Randwick & Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) & 13 placings (including 2011's Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill & Gr1 Coolmore Classic over 1500m at Rosehill, plus 2010's Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m at Eagle Farm, Gr1 Doomben 10,000 over 1350m at Doomben, Gr1 BTC Cup 1200m at Doomben, Gr1 All Aged Stakes over 1400m at Randwick & Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill, as well as 2009's Gr1 Thousand Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield, Gr2 Wakeful Stakes over 2000m at Flemington, Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill, Gr2 Perfect Vision Ilasik Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill, Gr3 Silver Shadow Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & Listed Widden Stakes over 1100m at Randwick) from 26 starts (16 at Gr1 level) for $1,934,950 earnings.