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MM National Yearling Sale Day-1: $200K For All Too Hard Colt

Wednesday, 8th June 2016

The second top seller on Day One of the 2016 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast yesterday was the colt by Vinery's All Too Hard out of Ashenti (Ashkalani) offered by New Zealand's Henley Park and purchased by local horsewoman Helen Page for $200,000. The colt is a half-brother to talented Gr2 winner Riva De Lago. "He's just a beautiful type," a delighted Page said. "Usually I buy a few yearlings for cheaper amounts but I decided to really go for this bloke who I loved." Page added: "He's very strong and should be an early runner. He really caught my eye and was my pick of the sale." The $220,000 Snitzel filly and $200,000 All Too Hard colt were two of 21 yearlings to sell for six figure prices during a spirited day's selling. Third on the top sellers list was an All Too Hard half-brother to Gr2 winner Longport and listed winner Run for Wilson who sold to New Zealand's Joan Thoroughbreds for $180,000. At the close of Day One the gross of $7.6 million was over double last year's corresponding day in a sale which comprised blended Book One and Two catalogues. Some 169 lots were sold on Day One at an average of $45,195 and an impressive clearance rate of over 82 per cent. "We have already sold more six figure yearlings than we did for the whole sale in 2015," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "Competition was very strong right throughout the day as evidenced with a clearance rate over 82 per cent. If you cast your eyes through the results its as diverse a buying bench as you would see." Cox added: "We look forward to welcoming everybody back tomorrow [Wednesday] for the last chance to buy eligible graduates for the $10 million Magic Millions raceday."

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