MM Day at Launceston Brings Sales Updates
Media Release - Sunday February 23

The quality runners shone and the updates flooded in for tomorrow's Tasmanian Yearling Sale at the Oaks and Magic Millions Raceday in Launceston this evening.

Le Cadeau - Magic MillionsLe Cadeau had his connections cheering with joy as he produced a powerful finish to win the Magic Millions Tasmanian 2YO Classic (1200m). 

Well handled by Bulent Muhcu, Le Cadeau ($3.30 fav) got to the line a long neck ahead of the debuting runner-up Warrior Prince ($13), while Thunberg ($8) was about a length and a half back in third place.

While many cameras were pointing on the winner as he flashed past the post, there were plenty of cheers coming from official on course photographer Bill Hayes who purchased Le Cadeau and shares in the ownership.

"What a thrill," Hayes beamed moments after capturing the action of his youngster. "Nothing beats a win and to win a Magic Millions is amazing."

Hayes went to $26,000 to secure the exciting youngster from the draft of Armidale Stud at last year's Tasmanian Yearling Sale. 

A son of Statue of Liberty, Le Cadeau is trained from Spreyton by master horsewoman Leanne Gaffney.

He is the first foal of the three time winning Ladoni mare Isn't Life Strange and her latest yearling, a filly by multiple Group One winner Palentino, will go under the hammer tomorrow as Lot 15 for Armidale Stud.

The connections of the debutant Gamble in Paris walked away with a $10,000 prize for being the Tasmanian Racing Women's Bonus winner.

The Gaffney stable made it a feature race double when Le Cadeau's quality stablemate Deroche won the Tasbreeders Magic Millions Tasmanian 3&4YO Classic (1400m). 

With Craig Newitt in the saddle, Deroche delighted favourite punters when she cruised to a soft long neck win.

Leading home a quinella for her sire Needs Further, Deroche made it 16 wins in Magic Millions features for horses syndicated by Denise Martin's Star Thoroughbreds.

"She won the 2YO Classic here last year and to come back and win as a 3YO is just fabulous," a beaming Martin said. "We've had so much success in Magic Millions races - it's wonderful."

Newitt was easy on the filly and told connections she could have "easily sprinted away" had he asked. But he was leaving "petrol in the tank" for her expected run in Wednesday's Group Three Vamos Stakes.

Deroche was purchased by Star Thoroughbreds for $61,000 at the 2019 Tasmanian Yearling Sale by Armidale Stud, who will present a Wordsmith half brother as Lot 121 tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Still a Star lived up to her name when she added yet another feature win to her impressive resume in the listed Tasmanian Oaks (2100m) run earlier on the card.

The Bill Ryan prepared daughter of Toronado had to produce a number of runs during the race but was still there fighting to the finish comfortably holding out her rivals.

Still a Star, who had won the Tasmanian Guineas, Launceston Guineas and Strutt Stakes at stakes grade at her previous three starts, withheld the interstate challengers to confirm her status as the state's best staying three-year-old. 

The bonny filly was a $13,000 Tasmanian Yearling Sale buy for Monica Ryan from Alva Stud and has now earned her connections well over $400,000 from just 12 starts - for seven wins and five second placings. 

A Manhattan Rain half sister to Still a Star will be offered by Alva Stud as Lot 23 at tomorrow's 2020 Tasmanian Yearling Sale. 

Tomorrow's Tasmanian Yearling Sale will commence at 12pm (AEDT) at the Inveresk Showgrounds in Launceston.
Magic Millions 2yo Classic 1200m
Launceston Track: Good(4) Time: 1:11.54
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0.4
Le Cadeau
T: Ms L Gaffney J: B Muhcu 57
2g Statue Of Liberty (USA) x Isn't Life Strange (AUS) (Ladoni (GB))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $26,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: William Hayes
2
0.4
Warrior Prince
T: Adam Trinder J: W Egan 57
2c Artie Schiller (USA) x Typhoon Tilly (AUS) (Ferocity (AUS))
MM National Yearling Sale Book 1 $30,000
V:Aquis Farm Operations Murrurundi NSW
B: Adam Trinder
3
2.2
Thunberg
T: Scott Brunton J: T Baker 55
2f Squamosa (AUS) x No Push Over (AUS) (Brief Truce (USA))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas
B: Scott Brunton
4
2.3
Michbar
T: Adam Trinder J: A Darmanin 57
2c Whittington (AUS) x Grey Gem (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 2 $28,000
V:Waylon J Stud Wamuran Qld
B:
5
2.5
Reite Den Blitz
T: Scott Brunton J: Sigrid Carr 55
2f Night Of Thunder (IRE) x Sabkha (USA) (Green Desert (USA))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $38,000
V:Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas
B: Scott Brunton
6
3.5
Assaranca
T: Ms L Gaffney J: C Newitt 55
2f Nicconi (AUS) x Talulla (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Star Thoroughbreds/Randwick Bloodstock (FBAA)
MM National Weanling Sale $40,000
V:Barador Stud Denman NSW
B: Randwick Bloodstock Agency P/L (FBAA)
7
4.0
Gee Gees Jennia
T: L, D & T Wells J: Scarlet So 55
2f Wordsmith (AUS) x Jennia (AUS) (Savoire Vivre (GB))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $14,000
V:Delon Keys Thoroughbreds Wesley Vale Tas
B: Paul & Elizabeth Geard
8
5.8
Fun 'n' Frolic
T: Cameron Thompson J: Boris Thornton 55.5
2f Mawingo (GER) x Frolicked (AUS) (Incumbent (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $13,000
V:Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas
B: CRT Racing
9
5.9
Kippoui Hime
T: Yassy Nishitani J: R Kozaki 55
2f Trust In A Gust (AUS) x Buzzing Along (AUS) (Tough Speed (USA))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Yasuhiro Nishitani
10
6.9
Entrapped
T: G J McCulloch J: B Mc Coull 55.5
2f Fighting Sun (AUS) x In Harmony (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas
B: Belmont Bloodstock (FBAA)/Simon Miller Racing
11
7.9
Gamble In Paris
T: J L Keys J: B Mc Dougall 57
2g Delago Deluxe (AUS) x Jardaa (GB) (Pivotal (GB))
MM National Weanling Sale $1,500
V:Rothwell Park Blandford NSW
B: John Keys
12
27.9
Excelsior Dawn
T: Matthew Brown J: Liam Riordan 55
2f Dawn Approach (IRE) x Antipode (AUS) (Oratorio (IRE))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $18,000
V:Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas
B: Matthew Brown Racing