You are far more likely to strike lasting peace in the Middle East than a commercial stud farm declaring progeny of its first season to be simply OK.
However, the foals by Wanted garnered universal acclaim pretty much from day one – the bay colt from Regal Arena among them.
Well, yesterday on the Gold Coast, hype met with reality when said colt was knocked down for $460,000 to George Moore Bloodstock – the third highest price of the opening session of Magic Millions ‘13.
Not that it was totally unexpected … the colt, bred and raised by Eliza Park, had made the journey to the Gold Coast in June last year, selling as a weanling to Newgate Farm for $255,000.
Newgate promptly entered the colt for the January extravaganza and has reaped the rewards for such an astute hooking: a $200k profit in six months is better than any bank interest.
By the end of session one, a total of four Wanted yearlings had faced the hammer, averaging a massive $177,500 – making him the leading first season sire and clearing the sale average by a tick under $50k.
Breednet has produced a nifty pictorial coverage to the First Season Sires’ action - http://bit.ly/XOxwdW - while ANZ quoted a delighted George Moore: “I knew he was going to be popular and we had to see off Gai Waterhouse (who purchased five of the top eight lots) to buy him.
“He wasn’t cheap but he’s a magnificent individual.”
There are seven Wanteds remaining at the MM, to be sold over the next three days, including – if you’ll excuse the plug – a cracking filly from the well related Generous mare, First Land, who enters the ring as Lot 570.
|The Wanted x Regal Arena colt|