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QUEENSLAND MAGIC
 
SPIRIT OF B00M
 
Lyndhurst Stud’s sire, Sequalo stamped the Magic Millions Carnival as his own, after one of his top gallopers, Spirit of Boom (pictured) took out the $400,000 Magic Millions Cup (1400m).
 
The win was Spirit Of Boom’s second consecutive Gold Coast victory after his Goldmarket success on January 2.
 
Then, the following weekend, Sequalo runners claimed the first four in the Magic Millions Carnival’s opening race, the Bat Out of Hell.
 
And there’s plenty more to come for Sequalo, particularly from Spirit of Boom with trainer Tony Gollan considering a trip to Melbourne for the Spring Carnival later this year.
 
“I don’t yet know what path we’ll take to get there but he will definitely be in Melbourne in the spring,” Gollan said.
 
“He’s a fantastic horse and he has really hit his straps this time in.
 
“He hates rain-affected tracks and he has been plagued with wet surfaces all the way through his career.”
 
Spirit of Boom’s record now stands at six wins and six placings from 23 starts for earnings topping $680,000.
 
QUEENSLANDERS PUNCH ON
It was a Queensland quinella in the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m).
 
Raheen Stud bred the winner, Punch On, while the second placegetter, Easy Running, is by Wattlebrae Stud’s consistent sire Easy Rocking.
 
“The results today continue to prove that Queensland Studs breed some of the best runners in the country,” said TBQA President and Raheen Stud Proprietor, Basil Nolan.
 
“Week in week out the Queenslanders are up there and the results at the Magic Millions Carnival today are worth celebrating.”
 
Punch On’s connections will resist the temptation of a Sydney autumn campaign with more Queensland riches in mind.

“She will be in the paddock on Monday,” trainer Peter Balzen said. “We’re going to set to her for the Queensland Guineas – it is over 1400 metres and will be right up her alley.”

Balzen said the win was a career highlight – although he has had wins in races including the Tea Rose Stakes, Bernborough Handicap and Gimcrack Stakes.

“It is a great thrill for sure – this is the home track and it (the Guineas) is a big race,” Balzen added.

Punch On is yet another great success story from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale having been purchased from the Raheen Stud draft for just $16,000 at the 2010 auction.

 
 
SALES WRAP
 
Queensland studs presented three of the top five sellers at today’s fifth session of the Magic Millions Yearling sale on the Gold Coast.
 
Greenmount-based Darlington Stud brought in an impressive $210,000 for their Oratoria – Madame Grange filly purchased by Victoria’s Rowen Craigie.
 
While Raheen Stud’s terrific Magic Millions Carnival was capped off by offering two of today’s most sought after yearlings.
 
Their colt by Snippetson out of Seduction Line was knocked down to Steve Brem for $120,000.
 
Raheen’s other big seller today, an Oratorio colt from Tres Rapide, will also head to NSW after being snapped up by Premier Park Thoroughbreds.
 
All up today almost $7 million was traded for 176 lots sold at a healthy average price of almost $40,000. The clearance rate rose thoughout the day and by the last lot had reached 78 per cent.

A large crowd was on hand for the session which saw yearlings sold to buyers from most Australian states as well as overseas locations such as Macau, Malaysia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Korea, Ireland and Japan.

“It’s been a solid day’s selling,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.

“Like was the case with the first four sessions it is great to see the clearance rate strong.”

 
The 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale will conclude on Tuesday with the sixth session of the sale to be followed by a popular racehorse sale.

SALE STATISTICS
(2011 statistcs in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 247 (216)
Sale Gross: $6,967,500 ($7,358,000)
Average Price: $39,588 ($46,866)
Median Price: $32,250 ($27,500)
Top Price: $225,000 ($210,000)
Lots Sold: 176 (157)
Lots Withdrawn: 20 (14)
Lots Passed In: 51 (45)
Sold %: 78 (76)

 
QLD’S INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS
Raheen Stud’s amazing week kicked off last Sunday with an international winner connected to the Warwick-based stud.
 

Gimmethegreenlight (pictured on the beach in South Africa) is the first ever 3yo to win South Africa’s prestigious Group 1 Queens Plate (1600m) at Kenilworth.
 
The classy colt is by More Than Ready out of a Raheen bred mare Yes She Can Cancan, by Canny Lad.
 
He cost $155,000 from the Vinery draft as a foal at the 2009 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
 
Trainer Justin Snaith has always rated Gimmethegreenlight highly and the colt responded with four wins in his first four starts in Cape Town and Durban.

 
Due to a combination of wide barriers and slow getaways, the unbeaten run came to an end in the G1 Golden Horseshoe and G1 Premier’s Champion Stake during Durban’s winter carnival but Snaith wasn’t discouraged.
 
His faith rewarded with this latest victory.
 
Gimmethegreenlight will now have a well deserved rest and Snaith believes he will be much stronger when he returns from a spell.
 
And Oaklands Stud is also celebrating an impressive overseas victory thanks to their highly rated sire Chateau Istana.
 
3yo gelding, Mentor (Chateau Istana-Mucho Dinero, by Delgado) won over 1200m for Australian trainer John Size.
 
Mentor was a $12,000 yearling at the 2010 Brisbane Bloodstock Bonus Sale.
 
 
OUTBACK PRINCE CRACKS IT
 
Clear Mountain Fairview stallion Outback Prince (pictured) has had his first interstate winner.
 
Trained by Scott Aspery, On Every Level, won a 1600m maiden at Newcastle yesterday.
 
It was only the 3yo’s third start after previously recording two fourths over 1300m and 1550m.
 
Aspery stepped the gelding up to 1600m, which was also the favoured distance for his sire, Outback Prince when he won the prestigous Group One TJ Smith.
 
Outback Prince is rated one of the top sires in Queensland.