First Season Sires MM Book 1 – Expect the Unexpected

Tara Madgwick - Sunday January 17

At the conclusion of Magic Millions Book 1 last night we have a set of figures for first season sires that will prove eye opening for several reasons as I doubt anybody was expecting Almanzor (Fr), the 2016 European Champion 3YO to be at the top of the list.

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When we think about Magic Millions, we tend to think of fast early maturing horses geared towards speed and yet this stallion Almanzor, who never won at a distance less than 1400m and was dominant at 2000m, has come out on top as the leading first season sire by average.

Almanzor - click for more inforamtion.

His three yearlings averaged an astonishing $506,667 putting him third on the overall leading sires by average list (three or more sold) behind only Not a Single Doubt and I Am Invincible.

Admittedly he had a small hand picked selection at this sale offered by Bhima Thoroughbreds, but they hit the mark with buyers in a way that would suggest plenty of optimism for the upcoming Karaka Book 1 Sale in New Zealand where there are more than 40 catalogued by the Cambridge Stud shuttler.

$800,000 Almanzor colt from Lazumba.


Inglis Classic also features half a dozen of his stock including a colt that had a big pedigree update on Saturday when his half-sister Bonham won the Group I Levin Classic. He will be offered as Lot 617.


Aquis Farm’s Invader moved sharply up the list in the latter stages of the sale to average $257,143 after his two colts from Swan River and Tarragon sold for $550,000 and $500,000 to Ciaron Maher Bloodstock and Annabel Neasham Racing.



$550,000 Invader colt from Swan River.

Coolmore’s big gun Merchant Navy performed well with 19 yearlings averaging $205,263 and his best result a $500,000 colt from Burgal Reward bought by Belmont Bloodstock.

$500,000 Merchant Navy colt from Brugal Reward.

Yarraman Park’s Hellbent was the most represented first season sire at this sale and did a great job to have the highest aggregate with 29 yearlings averaging $186,552 and his best result a $500,000 filly from Jalan Jalan bought by Heinrich Bloodstock.

$500,000 Hellbent filly from Jalan Jalan.

Newgate Farm’s Russian Revolution was not far behind him with 25 yearlings averaging $168,200 and his top sellers were two filles from French Fern and My Conquestadory (USA) that made $425,000 each.

$425,000 Russian Revolution filly from French Fern.

Coolmore’s champion Galileo son Churchill (IRE) made his mark with eight yearlings averaging $141,875 and his top seller was a colt from Heavens Touch selling for $250,000.

$250,000 Churchill (IRE) colt from Heavens Touch

Arrowfield Stud’s young Redoute’s Choice son Pariah had 15 yearlings average $136,667 with his top seller a colt from Amerindia (GB) fetching $250,000.

$250,000 Pariah colt from Amerindia (GB).

Coolmore’s Caravaggio (USA) came out for just one season, but the dashing grey Group I winning son of Scat Daddy has left some good types and had 13 yearlings average $105,769 with top honours shared at $170,000 for two colts from Girluphigh and Kimblewick.

$170,000 Caravaggio (USA) colt from Kimblewick.


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