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MM Adelaide Day-2: $190K for All Too Hard Colt
Local horseman Leon Macdonald bid to $190,000 to secure the highly admired All Too Hard x Lady Paget colt from Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud yesterday to secure the overall top seller of Book One at the 2017 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale. The colt is the second foal of the twice winning Testa Rossa mare Lady Paget, a half-sister to Adelaide Yearling Sale Group One winning graduate Casino Prince and four other stakes performers. “He's a lovely colt," a delighted Leon Macdonald said. "I've never had one (by All Too Hard) but I know Johnny Hawkes has great faith in him and he doesn't do a bad job with a horse.” Trainer Gary Moore secured the day's second top seller when buying a colt by So You Think for $155,000. Offered by Bowness Stud, the colt is the sixth foal of the winning Danehill mare Starspangled - a daughter of five time Group One winner User Friendly. "He's coming off a great stud farm. So You Think is doing the job at stud - I really love So You Think,” Moore said. "It's a beautifully balanced pedigree - he might be my first Derby winner.” Over the two days of selling over $10.2 million was traded on 250 lots sold at an average price of $41,026 and clearance rate of over 82 per cent. The figures are just off last year's auction which saw the average price rise 33 per cent on 2015 and the gross soar 54 per cent. "We've finished with a gross right in line with last year," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "All in all today was a lot stronger than yesterday which was pleasing. The standout thing from this sale has been the participation of the trading market - the pin hookers for the two-year-old sales and also into the Asian market," Cox added. See video highlights below.