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Royal ascent as full brother to Sweet Idea looms as Magic Millions star

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth broke new ground in her involvement in Australian racing with the purchase of the superb sprinting filly Sweet Idea, auctioned off at the National Broodmare Sales for $1.6 million at the Magic Millions complex in June.

Sweet Idea was bought by one of her original partners – the successful racehorse owner Nick Vass – who paid the big money to gain outright ownership of the group-1 performer.

However, soon after the sale was completed Vass received a phone call from Queen Elizabeth’s racing manager John Warren, who has been a regular at the major Australian sales for the past five years and is regarded as one of the world’s most astute bloodstock consultants.

Warren made an offer to Vass to buy Sweet Idea, offering the owner a handsome profit which was subsequently accepted and she was transported to Her Majesty’s Royal Stud in England. Warren has already made arrangements for Sweet Idea to be mated with Europe’s most costly stallion Galileo.

Sweet Idea has a full brother selling on the Gold Coast next Thursday and Magic Millions bloodstock manager Barry Bowditch has declared the colt is one of the top six yearlings scheduled for sale in a catalogue boasting a record 1016 yearlings selling over five days.

Bowditch revealed the top six yearlings he believe could become the top-priced lot on the Gold Coast. He surely has the qualifications with his role taking him thousands of kilometres to inspect hundreds of blue bloods to be part of the biggest sale in 30 years of Magic Millions history.

When asked by Bloodlines to produce his listings Bowditch said he could treble the number from this year’s, which will be sold over five successive days finishing on January 10.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that the team at the Magic Millions have assembled the strongest bunch of yearlings on record and the early response from overseas buyers is extremely heartening, with a catalogue worthy of any sale in the world.” managing director Vin Cox declared.

Bowditch has done his listings in lot order and the first top-liner happens to be Lot 233 – the colt by Snitzel from Flidais – who is the full brother to Sweet Idea, a winner of $2.4 million. Bowditch said the Snitzel colt was a great advertisement for the stallion, who stands at Arrowfield Stud.

Arrowfield’s bloodstock manager, Jon Freyer, gave a glowing report about the colt, saying he was very much in the same mould as Sweet Idea.

“He’s an absolute cracker and will be our most popular lot at the Magic Millions, with his pedigree matching his appearance,” he said.

Lot 411 is a filly by Fastnet Rock from the American-bred mare Mani Bhavan, a three-time winner, including a victory at group-1 level in the US.

“This is a terrific international family and she has been prepared beautifully by her vendor, Kia-Ora Stud,” Bowditch said. He is confident she will be extremely popular with breeders in particular.

Lot 448 is another filly and is sired by the sensational newcomer Pierro from the Danehill mare Monsoon Wedding, who is a sister to Redoute’s Choice and closely related to Manhattan Rain, Rubick, Al Maher and Platinum Scissors.

Coolmore Stud paid $2.3m for Monsoon Wedding at the Teeley Estates dispersal on the Gold Coast with the filly inside her, which is selling next week.

Bowditch said: “She is being touted as the best-bred filly to go to auction in Australia this year and also has tremendous international appeal.”

Lot 538 is the Redoute’s Choice x Rendzina from the huge draft of Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud.

“Rendzina is a Testa Rossa mare, who was a five-time winner and boasts a strong female line which includes Khaptivaan and Khaptingly. This is a very attractive colt.” Bowditch said.

Next is Lot 612. This colt is a definite possibility for topping the sale. He’s the half-brother to Golden Slipper winner Vancouver and sired by another Golden Slipper winner in Pierro. He is from the Danehill mare Skates whose mother Skating won the Doncaster Handicap and Coolmore Stakes.

He is being sold by Segenhoe on behalf of John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds and stud manager Peter O’Brien has detailed him as their top lot.

“He’s a bull of a horse with a short neck, terrific substance and quality. He has a particularly good action and I would be very surprised if he wasn’t in the top five per cent,” O’Brien told ANZ News.

Last but not least is another of Baramul Stud’s yearlings – Lot 639 – who is the Street Cry colt from the Flying Spur mare Succeeding.

“He’s a half brother to first-season stallion and South African champion sprinter Delago Deluxe, whose first crop of yearlings are selling in 2016 and we have 17 of his progeny selling next week. This is a very desirable colt.” Bowditch explained.

There is no doubt whatsoever that the upcoming Magic Millions sale is something very special and will prove a marvellous entrée leading into the Karaka Sales in New Zealand and the Inglis Easter Sales in Sydney. Let the games begin.

Classy performers

Two Australian-bred blue bloods were significant winners at last Sunday’s Sha Tin meeting for trainers John Moore and John Size and are surely going to measure up in the colony’s big races this year.

They are People’s Knight and Thewizardofoz, sired by Exceed And Excel and Redoute’s Choice respectively.

People’s Choice was a $1 million buy by George Moore at the 2014 Easter Yearling Sales and had won two of his three starts before contesting the Griffin Trophy (1400m) on Sunday. His effort in scoring first-up was a sign of many more wins to come. People’s Choice has a full sister selling at the Easter Sales in April and she is reportedly something very special.

Thewizardofoz was bred by Tony Bott’s Evergreen Stud, with the galloper’s dam the prolific group-1 winner Princess Coup. He was initially prepared by Gai Waterhouse and had won two barrier trials decisively but he was sent to Hong Kong where his connections reside.

He had won his first two races before experiencing a minor form slump but the manner in which he scored on Sunday showed he will be a force to be reckoned with under the training of Size. Princess Coup has two fillies on the ground by Fastnet Rock and Snitzel.

Fuji Kiseki dies

One-time Australian shuttle stallion Fuji Kiseki has died aged 23 in Japan.

A speed sprinter at two and three, Fuji Kiseki stood at Arrowfield Stud from 1998 to 2003 and has made quite an impact on racing Down Under, with the champion mare Sun Classique his best offspring.

His progeny also included the dams of group-1 winners Kermadec, Your Song and Yosei.

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