Need To Know: Tuesday 23 February

Average and median rise at Tasmanian Yearling Sale with Armidale Stud the leading vendor by aggregate and their resident Alpine Eagle the leading sire by aggregate and average


1. All indicators were up at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale - average $35,872 (+17%), median $29,000 (+11.5%) and new record aggregate of $3,372,000.

2. Six horses were sold for $100,000 or more, with the top lot being a son of Impending from the family of Tickle My who sold for $150,000 to local trainer Cameron Thompson.

3. Armidale Stud were clearly the leading vendors, selling 26 yearlings for an aggregate of $1,197,000 while their stallion Alpine Eagle was the leading sire by aggregate ($969,500) and average ($46,167).

4. John Foote was the leading purchaser signing for three lots at an aggregate of $212,500, with Star Thoroughbreds, A List Stud, David Vandyke and China Horse Club / McEvoy Mitchell Racing / Belmont Bloodstock all being active at the sale.

5. Widden Stud has announced that they will take over Sun Stud in Victoria in an expansion of their operation. They will transfer Nicconi and Star Witness to Widden Victoria and continue to stand Sun Stud's roster of stallions.

6. Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) beaten favourite Enthaar will continue on to the Golden Slipper (Gr 1, 1200m) in a month's time despite her defeat on Saturday. 

7. Her Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained stablemate Sir Dragonet was nominated in both the Chipping Norton Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Randwick and the Blamey Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) at Flemington on Saturday. The Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) winner galloped at Moonee Valley on Monday morning and a decision will be made later in the week which race he will contest on the weekend.

8. Kodiac sired his 66th stakes winner when Medahim won the HH The President Cup (Listed, 1400m) at Abu Dhabi on Sunday. His son Bullfinch, a 370,000gns purchase by Chris Waller Racing at the 2020 Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, is due to have his first trial at Canterbury on Tuesday.


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