05/31/2013 3:02PM

Magic Millions national broodmare sale: Tinkler dispersal mares drive increases


Australia’s Magic Millions auction house reported across-the-board increases at its national broodmare sale series, which ended a three-day stand Friday.

Lots from Nathan Tinkler’s financially embattled Patinack Farm starred at the auction’s two-session select portion, where Patinack mares were the five most expensive horses sold; the Patinack horses sold without reserve. The select sale-topper was Patinack’s filly Nechita, whom Coolmore’s Tom Magnier snapped up for about $1.49 million ($1.55 million Australian). The 2009 Fastnet Rock filly was a two-time group winner last year, with her biggest score coming in the Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes. She’s out of the stakes-winning Peintre Celebre mare Artistique, a half-sister to stakes winners Chiming Lass and Winona.

Nechita was one of a pair to break the $1 million barrier in Australian currency. The other, also from Patinack’s reduction, was the Sadler’s Wells broodmare Endless, who is from Frankel’s family and is bred very similarly to that champion runner and his three-quarters-brother Bullet Train. Endless also is a full sister to 2005 Arlington Million winner Powerscourt. The daughter of Group 3 winner Rainbow Lake, by Rainbow Quest, sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al-Maktoum for $1.05 million Australian, or just over $1 million in U.S. currency. She was bred last year to Husson and already has fillies by Manduro and Casino Prince.

The select sessions ended with 416 fillies and mares bringing a total of about $28,653,600, yielding an average of approximately $68,879 and a median of about $28,800. Compared year-to-year in Australian dollars, the figures represented gains of 50 percent for gross and median and eight percent for average. The buyback rate was 11 percent after sellers withdrew 70 horses.

The auction’s general, or open, session on Friday grossed about $388,944, for 157 fillies and mares, resulting in an average of about $2,478 and an approximate median of $960. The aggregate was up by 38 percent, average gained six percent, and the median advanced by 43 percent. The general session’s buyback rate also was 11 percent; 37 horses were outs.

The most expensive horse at the general session was Dark Delilah, a 2007 More Than Ready-Miss Vandal mare most recently bred to Manhattan Rain, who sold for about $28,800 to Daandine Pastoral Company. Peachester Lodge, agent, consigned the mare.

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