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The Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association initiated a meeting with Magic Millions Managing Director, Vin Cox, on the back of the tough results of the recent sales.

The QTIS 600 sale in April was the major talking point, after a number of vendors expressed concern about the large number of lots catalogued and the quality of some of the horses presented.

I’m pleased to announce that Vin has given a commitment to restrict the lots catalogued at next year’s QTIS 600 to 400-450.

“The key is getting the right horses,” he said.

“We want to get the right style on either pedigree or type and to do that we all really have to sit down and do the work.”

Vin said if breeders commit to providing the right stock then Magic Millions will support them.

“We don’t want to fill the QTIS 600 with average or poor quality horses, we want this sale to continue to have a good reputation.”

It was a very positive meeting and Vin was really open to the ideas put forth. I am confident that we will be able to work together to progress not only the QTIS 600, but all the sales, for the benefit of both breeders and Magic Millions alike.

We all want to move forward and this is certainly a step in the right direction.








The tough conditions seen at the sales over previous months have carried through to the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale currently underway on the Gold Coast.

With two sessions completed, 276 lots have sold at an average price of $31,592, slightly down on last year’s average of $36,148. This year’s clearance rate of 70% is down 8% on 2010. 

“The clearance rate of 70 per cent, and even higher today, is pleasing in this climate,” said Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox.
“That is probably more an indication of vendors meeting the market rather than the market itself.”

The top price was $190,000 paid by Brisbane based horseman Danny Bougoure, for a More Than Ready filly from the group winning Bigstone mare Lady Mulan and is therefore a half sister to six time winner and black type galloper Absent Friends.

The top lot was offered by Willow Park – the vendors of the all time Magic Millions record breaker, Princess Coup ($3 million at the National Broodmare Sale).

Session 3 gets underway at 11am tomorrow (Tuesday) with the National Racehorse Sale on Wednesday.
Results and Catalogue here…






Glenlogan Park sire Show A Heart was the flag bearer for Queensland this weekend, being the only metropolitan winner when Heartshaker won Race 1 – Mitty’s Plate 1800m at Eagle Farm on Oaks Day.

There should be plenty of chances for the maroons on Queensland’s biggest raceday – the Stradbroke this Saturday at Eagle Farm.

Dual Stradbroke winner and defending champion, Black Piranha (by Clang) is Queensland’s best chance at landing Australia’s greatest 1400m Group 1 event.

He’ll be strongly supported by Show A Heart’s sons Woorim and Rightfully Yours, Sequalo’s Bold Glance and Shovhog’s progeny, Beethog. 

There are other Queensland bred nominations still in the field of 45, with final acceptances Wednesday

Go Queenslander!