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MM Adelaide Sale Day-1: Yearlings Share Honours at $170K
A colt by Stratum and a filly by Not a Single Doubt shared top honours during last night's opening session of the 2017 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale at Morphettville. Woodside based Willow Grove Stud smashed their record price at auction when their Stratum x El Milagro colt (Lot 77) – a half-brother to Tasmanian Guineas winner Inner Warrior - sold to the local Macdonald/Gluyas stable for $170,000. With a previous high price of $90,000, the $170,000 figure delighted the Satchell family who presented the colt. "He's as good a quality of animal as we've ever taken to a sale,” Willow Grove's Ralph Satchell said. Buyer Leon Macdonald said the colt was a quality individual who he was keen to purchase for his leading Morphettville stable. "He's a very nice horse - his x-rays were good and he looks a runner…I thought he was as good as any colt in the sale,” said Macdonald. Young bloodstock agent James Ferguson went to $170,000 to secure the other top seller of the night, Attunga Stud's Not a Single Doubt x Fidele filly. Ferguson confirmed Robbie Griffiths as the trainer. "I identified her as a cracking filly,” Ferguson said. "She will be up and running and hopefully she'll be running at two and aiming for the Blue Diamond next year.” During the opening night of the auction over $3.3 million was traded on 74 lots sold at an average price of almost $45,000 and a clearance rate of 76 per cent. "Our average is slightly up on the total Book One average from last year so that is a real positive,” said Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox. Click here to view a highlights video of day one.