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QUEENSLAND’S REAL MAGIC
A REAL SURREAL WIN
Real Surreal will be set for the Golden Slipper after making Queensland racing history in winning today’s $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.
The filly, beaten just once in four starts, scooped over $1.47 million with the win – the highest pay out in Queensland racing history.
Passed in as a yearling from the Robyn Wise draft with a $75,000 reserve, Real Surreal has now earned over $1.59 million in a case of the one that got away for buyers.
The filly was retained by breeder Michelle Lang-McMahon and ownership shares were taken up by her mother Glenys Lang and their stable manager Holly Williams.
Being full owned by females, the filly was eligible for the $500,000 Magic Millions Racing Women initiative and collected a $325,000 bonus along with the race prizemoney of $1.14 million.
Classic third placegetter Missy Longstocking ($100,000), fourth placegetter Global Dream ($50,000) and ninth placed Greytfilly ($25,000) also collected bonuses from the world first scheme.

Details of the Real Surreal win…

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL
The Queensland breeding and racing industry was the big winner from the prestigious Magic Millions Carnival.
Queensland dominated both on the track and in the ring, with Glenlogan Park sire Real Saga putting the Sunshine State on the map.
Real Surreal, by Real Saga, took out the prestigious Magic Millions 2yo Classic and the first six placings were all Queensland dominated.
The top performances on the track then flowed through to the sales ring with Real Saga topping the sales statistics, eight Real Saga yearlings were sold for an average of $90,500 with the top price $240,000.
Eleven yearlings bred by Queensland Studs made over $200,000 with Highgrove Stud, Fig Tree Thoroughbreds, Raheen Stud and Terry McKinnon (Widden Stud as agent) topping the table after all selling yearlings for $260,000 or $250,000.
These results show that our state’s breeding and training industry is at the forefront of Australian racing.
MORE MAGIC ON THE TRACK
The win of Real Saga may be the headline story, but there was plenty of other Queensland success at the Carnival on Saturday.
It was a Queensland 1,3 in the $200,000 Myer Magic Millions Open Sprint (1000m) on Saturday.
Glenlogan Park sire, Jet Spur’s speedy filly Shamrock Slipper (pictured) proved a masterstroke when she won the feature dash on the Gold Coast.
Bella Rossie ran second, while Rocket to Glory by Raheen stud’s former stallion, Shovhog was third.
Shamrock Slipper was bred Ron and Debbie Gilbert in the Darling Downs and sold through the draft of Highgrove Stud for $120,000 to Martin Byrne Bloodstock at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
MILLIONS IN THE RING
The 2013 Magic Millions Yearling sale has been a huge success with indiciations the breeding industry is on an upward trend.
Session 1-4 resulted in a sale gross of over $67.67 million – well up on last year’s figure of $62.57 million.
The average price of $136,172 also had a healthy increase when compared to the $127,175 achieved twelve months ago.
The clearance rate continued to rise and rounded out at the Session 4 sale conclusion at 83 per cent.
The leading buyer for the sale was the powerful partnership of Gai Waterhouse and James Harron – signing for 27 yearlings at a spend of over $6 million.
“It’s been an extremely strong sale,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. “It was pleasing to see the clearance rate climb again.”
“It was great to see the support of many newer players – both as vendors and buyers,” Cox added.
SALE STATISTICS (2012 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 660 (645)

Sale Gross: $67,677,500 ($62,570,000)
Average Price: $136,172 ($127,175)
Median Price: $105,000 ($100,000)
Top Price: $1,350,000 ($960,000)
Lots Sold: 497 (492)
Lots Withdrawn: 60 (62)
Lots Passed In: 103 (91)
Sold %: 83 (84)
Real Saga’s success continued in the sale ring when two of his colts topped the fifth session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Lot 672, (pictured) from the city winning Strategic mare Maxy Legs was offered by Widden Stud as agent for Queensland breeder Terry McKinnon and will join the stables of Noel Doyle after being purchased for $240,000 by Robert Anderson’s RMA Bloodstock.
SESSION FIVE STATISTICS (2012 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 240 (247)
Sale Gross: $7,438,500 ($6,967,500)
Average Price: $46,491 ($39,588)
Median Price: $40,000 ($32,250)
Top Price: $240,000 ($225,000)
Lots Sold: 160 (176)
Lots Withdrawn: 32 (20)
Lots Passed In: 48 (51) Sold %: 77 (78)