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MM Broodmare Sale Day-3: $3.4M For Listen Here
Grand producing mare Listen Here rewrote the record books when selling for an all time Magic Millions record price of $3.4 million at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast on Friday. Listen Here (Elusive Quality), a winner of the Listed Cinderella Stakes in Adelaide, is best known as the dam of outstanding racehorses and exciting young stallions Shooting to Win and Deep Field. The mare, presented in foal to Vancouver's sire Medaglia d'Oro, attracted an opening bid of $2 million and was the subject of bids from three different parties after reaching $3 million before selling for $3.4 million. When auctioneer Grant Burns dropped his gavel it was New Zealand-based bloodstock agents Michael Wallace and Bruce Perry who held the bid and wrote their names into the Magic Millions history books. The price is the most paid at a Magic Millions auction - beating the previous $3 million record held by star racemare Princess Coup. "She offered the whole package," Michael Wallace said. "We've never seen a mare like this come to the market. Her first two foals were sold to stud for massive money off the track - both highly talented and good looking." He added: "She's still a young mare and it was a unique opportunity. The beauty with her is that with her breeding we can go anywhere. We're lucky in that regard and that was half the attraction as well." Listen Here hails from one of the most outstanding families in the Australian studbook. Her fifth dam is none other than legendary broodmare Eight Carat, dam of champion galloper Octagonal, his freakishly talented brother Mouawad, and fellow Gr1 winners Kaapstad, Diamond Lover and Marquise. Other esteemed family members include Viscount, Tristalove, Shower Of Roses, Viking Ruler and Don Eduardo. The third and final day of the select component to the National Broodmare Sale helped push the overall sale gross to over $74.6 million - up well over $12 million on last year's great auction. The clearance rate grew from 79 per cent last year to 82 per cent in 2016 and the average price leapt 14 per cent from $118,205 to $134,309. Over the past three days some 556 lots were sold. "It was incredible," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said of the fireworks late in the session with Listen Here's sale. "We're obliterated all the records. A gross of almost $74.7 million is just out of this world. We dream of this sort of result. It was only four years ago this sale was grossing $20 million." He added: "Were we are getting now is comparable to anywhere in the world now and we're very proud of that - a lot of hard work has gone into it and to sit at that sort of number is very satisfying."