The Hong Kong Jockey Club has added another
international chapter to the Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast by paying
$575,000 for a star Danehill colt during the fourth session this afternoon.
Bidding for the colt, the sixth foal of the former glamour
staying mare Great Vintage, began at $300,000 and quickly rose past the half million
dollar mark, about an hour after the record breaking $1.1 million Danehill colt was sold
in the same ring.
The sale didn't come without a fight however with high
profile trainer Bart Cummings, who had prepared the colt's dam and two of her progeny,
among the underbidders with Coolmore's representative Demi O'Byrne.
Great Vintage, a winner of the Group Two Quick-Eze Stakes and
fourth in a Melbourne Cup, is a three quarter sister to the dual Group One winning Sir
Tristram mare Riverina Charm. She in turn is the dam of recent Group winning star
The colt was offered by Patrick Hogan's Cambridge Stud. It is
the first time Hogan had sold a draft in Queensland for
The sale to Hong Kong adds further international flavour to
the sale which on Friday saw two high priced youngsters get snapped up by Tim Boland, who
was buying for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum.
Other international buyers throughout the sale have included
John Moore (Hong Kong), David Naylor (UK), Graeme Rogerson (NZ and Dubai), Paul Moroney
(NZ) and Paul O'Sullivan (NZ).