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MM Adelaide Day-1: $220K For Smart Missile Colt
A cracking colt by exciting Arrowfield Stud first season sire Smart Missile topped Day One of the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale at Morphettville last night. The colt made history as the first yearling to be offered at auction by new South Australian based nursery Goldin Farms - the former Lindsay Park property now owned by Hong Kong based businessman Pan Sutong. Leading interstate trainer Tony McEvoy purchased the colt for $220,000 after bids flew in from around the complex after bidding opened at $30,000 for the striking youngster. Catalogued as Lot 81, the bay or brown colt is out of the Dubai Destination mare Goldfinger, a daughter of multiple stakes winner Oomph and a half-sister to dual Gr2 winner Thump. "I've looked at all of the Smart Missiles at the sales this year. I believe he's really going to make it as a stallion," McEvoy said. "He throws a tremendous type - good bodied horses and this fellow was no exception. I thought he was very athletic this one - he wasn't as heavy as a lot of the Smart Missiles I've seen." He added , "He's a good walking horse - a good style of horse. I had to fight a bit to get him, but I was very pleased we got him." The colt was one of four youngsters to sell for six figure prices during the night session, which also included the Al Maher-Hey Rosie colt (Lot 87) purchased by Phillip Stokes for $110,000, and a Choisir filly from Mill Park (Lot 11) that was knocked down for $105,000 to the partnership of Mark Pilkington and Melbourne trainer Andrew Noblet. All up over $2.34 million was traded on 67 lots sold at a clearance rate of 76.2 per cent with an average price of $34,940. "It's been a very good start," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "A top price of $220,000 for a Smart Missile colt in what was an outstanding result for South Australia." He added, "The breeders of the horse were Goldin Farms who are new investors in the business - Hong Kong based, but they purchased the old Lindsay Park breeding farm and now they are selling the top priced lot in the Adelaide Yearling Sale." Day Two of the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale will commence at 10am (SA time) today.