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MM Broodmare Sale Day-2: Sale Powers From Strength To Strength
Another mare to star on Day Two of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale yesterday was the exciting prospect Surf Poet. The Willow Park offering was carrying a three quarter relation to star mare Sweet Idea and sold to Emirates Park for $700,000. "She is a mare that ticks all the boxes," Emirates Park's Bryan Carlson reported. "Pedigree, type and especially being free of Danehill blood." He added: "She is a half sister to a Group One winner in Sweet Idea. Charge Forward is starting to become a good broodmare sire and she is in foal to Snitzel." Three time Gr1 winner Yosei attracted plenty of interest when she was presented for sale by Morning Rise Stud and was snapped up with a $580,000 bid from David O'Callaghan on behalf of Sun Bloodstock. "She's by Invincible Spirit who is a world class sire and she's a triple Group One winner so we were really pleased to get her," O'Callaghan said. Sydney based bloodstock agent Colm Santry snapped up one of the best producers in the sale – the stakes performed Pretty Penny for $570,000. Offered by Amarina Farm, the rising 16YO is the dam of classy performers Sertorius, Clifton Red, I Am Titanium and Fortune of War. "She is an older mare but she has four black type horses from her first four foals and I didn't think there was a better broodmare in the sale," Santry said. "She's by Encosta de Lago. She's a magnificent looker and everything out of her has sold very well in the sale ring. We bought her specifically to go to Fastnet Rock." Yesterday's strong clearance rate at the National Broodmare Sale helped boost the overall sale gross after two days to almost $52 million. "The sale has gone from strength to strength," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "It is powering along at every level. Our numbers are well up. Our gross is up almost $10 million to over $51.9 million and that by anyone's standards is a very, very good sale." Cox added: "The average of $138,000 is up 15 per cent or about $18,000, and the clearance rate is 84 per cent and that is really the indicator of where the markets sits. When you're selling eight and a half horses out of 10 it's a strong market and people are selling and people are buying."