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FBAA Foal Spend Increases 65% At Magic Millions
Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) members have outlaid $1.72 million for 24 lots on behalf of clients at the recently concluded Magic Millions National Weanling Sale. That was a massive 65% increase on their total expenditure at the Gold Coast last year. Sheamus Mills ($1.13 million) and Brett Howard ($419,500) both appeared in the Top 10 leader-board for buyers. Mills paid $250,000 each for a filly by Snitzel from Holbrook Stud and a colt by I Am Invincible from Bell River Thoroughbreds. The Melbourne-based agent has been successful with Snitzel in the past and his latest buy is from USA stakes winner Easy Tee. "I sold a Snitzel here in January for good money and this filly is a better sort with a similar pedigree," Mills claimed. "The Snitzels more than hold their value and hopefully so does this one heading into the yearling sales." Howard (Randwick Bloodstock) started the Foal Sale with $110,000 for Lot 1, a Sebring x Ma Famille colt from the family of Danehill. He was active throughout the two sessions buying colts by The Factor ($80,000), Spirit of Boom ($55,000) & Eurozone ($52,500) and fillies by I Am Invincible ($55,000) and Charge Forward ($50,000). Peter Ford bought a Lope de Vega colt for $40,000 from Woodside Park a day after he cheered home Mighty Lucky at Doomben. Ford bought the Gr3 Lord Mayor's Cup winner's dam Buxom Babe (Octagonal) for $100,000 at last year's Magic Millions Broodmare Sale. She subsequently foaled a colt by I Am Invincible and was then covered by Wandjina.