$150,000 Impending Colt Tops Record Breaking MM Tasmania

Media Release - Monday February 22

An outstanding colt from the first crop of multiple Group One winner Impending will stay local after topping the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale at Quercus Park today.

Local trainer Cameron Thompson went to $150,000 to secure the colt from the Armidale Stud draft.
Sale-topper - $150,000 Impending colt with Cameron Thompson.

"He was one of the first yearlings I saw when I inspected the farms in the lead up to the sale and I just fell in love with him," Thompson said.

"I loved his walk, he looks an early type and his pedigree got me as well."

"It's fantastic to have the support of a group of new owners and it's an exciting time for us all."

"We'd been outbid on a couple of others we liked and the Impending colt was the number one pick so we're delighted to get him," Thompson added.

The team from Armidale Stud were delighted to provide the day's top seller.

"He was a lovely type, by the right stallion, out of a super family," David Whishaw said. "Ken and Jen have been wonderful supporters of ours, and it was great to get a result for them."

"It is great to see Cameron Thompson, a young local trainer with some big owners behind him - it’s great to see them investing in him and giving him some quality stock." 

The Impending colt was one of six lots to sell for $100,000 or more across a spirited day of bidding.

Earlier in the day Alva Stud's Deep Field-Medusa filly was sold for $120,000 - a record for the farm and the highest priced filly of the sale.

She will head to the stables of leading Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke who trains the full sister, recent Brisbane winner Cotton Fields.

Across the day over $3.37 million was traded on 94 lots sold at a record average price of $35,872 and improved clearance rate of 82.5 per cent.

Tasmanian Racing Minister Jane Howlett was on hand to witness the record breaking auction and was delighted with the figures.

"I'm absolutely thrilled we've been able to beat last year's sales results especially considering the uncertainty leading into the sale," Minister Howlett said. "It's an outstanding result for the Tasmanian industry."

"I'd like to thank Karen Robinson and Rural Youth for their cooperation, with this being the first sale at the Quercus Park site."

"Without the continued support of Magic Millions the sale result would not be possible," Minister Howlett added. 

"To come back to Tasmania and again take the sale to a new benchmark with an outstanding average, record gross and healthy trade is fantastic," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. "For the Tasmanian breeders who continue to support this sale it's a tremendous result."

"Having a record number of six figure horses is a huge achievement for the sale and having participation from both local and interstate buyers was great to see."

"Having the young local horses so well received in the market this year gives us confidence that the industry will continue to thrive here in Tasmania," Bowditch added.

To view the results of the 2021 Tasmanian Yearling Sale or to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.

The Magic Millions focus now switches to South Australia with the Adelaide Yearling Sale to be conducted across two days - March 9 amd 10.

(2020 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 123 (146)
Lots Sold: 94 (110)
Lots Passed In: 20 (25)
Lots Withdrawn: 9 (11)
Top Price: $150,000 ($95,000)
Average Price: $35,872 ($30,568)
Median Price: $29,000 ($26,000)
Sale Gross: $3,372,000 ($3,362,500)
Sold %: 82.5 (81)


$150,000 - Impending-Dream Food colt (Lot 104)
Vendor: Armidale Stud (As Agent) / Buyer: CRT Racing (Tas)

$120,000 - Deep Field-Medusa filly (Lot 5)
Alva Stud / Vandyke Racing (Qld)

$110,000 - Alpine Eagle-Testamarriage colt (Lot 68)
Armidale Stud (As Agent) / John Foote Bloodstock (Qld)

$100,000 - Lonhro-Time Commands filly (Lot 69)
Grenville Stud / Griffiths de Kock Racing/Peter Ford B'stock (Vic)

$100,000 - Zululand-Benoit colt (Lot 87)
Grenville Stud / China Horse Club/McEvoy Mitchell Racing/Belmont B'stock Agency (SA)

$100,000 - Zululand-Ehor colt (Lot 106)
Grenville Stud / Lindsay Park B'stock (Vic)

(ranked by total spend)

$212,500 - John Foote Bloodstock - 3 lots
$205,500 - CRT Racing - 3 lots
$195,500 - Brunton Racing - 6 lots
$185,000 - Star T'breds/Randwick B'stock Agency - 3 lots
$153,000 - John Blacker - 6 lots

(ranked by gross)

$1,197,000 - Armidale Stud - 26 sold
$797,000 - Grenville Stud - 18 sold
$342,500 - Motree T'breds - 9 sold
$267,000 - Alva Stud - 5 sold
$135,000 - Brooklyn Park - 7 sold
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