1. Who is (are) your pick of the colts and why?
It Is particularly exciting to be offering the first Southern Hemisphere bred crop of yearlings by American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile), who has made a phenomenal start to his career at stud in America, Europe and Japan with 26 individual two-year-old winners. All four of his stakes winners to date have been on turf, which is particularly encouraging from an Australian perspective. We have a number of outstanding colts by American Pharoah, including Lot 417 who is out of Group-winning Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Jazz Song. Also, Lot 629 out of Fastnet Rock mare Peaceful Sea and Lot 683 is from the stakes-winning Darci Brahma (Danehill) mare Replique. Each of these colts have great scope, with very good actions and incredible temperaments just as their sire is famous for.
2. Who is (are) your pick of the fillies and why?
We are presenting an outstanding group of fillies at the Magic Millions, so it is hard to single out one particular horse, however we are represented by seven quality No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) fillies who we are extremely happy with. From relatively small numbers he has already notched 20 stakes winners, including 13 stakes winning two-year-olds, highlighted by dual Group 1 winning sprinter Ten Sovereigns. His first two crops have yielded over 12.5 per cent stakes winners to runners which puts him in the very elite category.
From an Australian perspective, it is important to note that six of his stakes winners are out of Danehill-line (Danzig) mares. So, with a combination of his own powerful physique, the speed and precocity shown by his progeny in Europe, his effectiveness with Danehill-line mares and the reports we have received about his first Southern Hemisphere crop of two-year-olds, we are hugely excited about the future of No Nay Never in Australia.
3. Who do you feel has improved most over the prep?
Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro) has made a great start with his first two-year-olds with three stakes performers from only seven runners in Australia and we are confident that he will continue to go from strength to strength and become a leading sire of the future. In general terms, his progeny are scopey, athletic individuals who continue to improve with time, and each of the seven yearlings by Vancouver in our draft have developed immensely as they have gotten deeper into the preparation. We anticipate that his second crop of yearlings will be incredibly well sought after at the sales in 2020.
4. How do you feel the 2020 sale will measure compared to previous renewals?
Australian racing is in a great state, with record levels of prize-money making it the envy of every other racing jurisdiction in the world. In fact, Australian prize-money has risen an astonishing 84 per cent in the last 10 per cent, assisted by the addition of races like The Everest (1200m), The All-Star Mile (1600m) and the Golden Eagle (1400m). Additionally, Australian-bred horses continue to perform admirably overseas, particularly in Hong Kong, so the influence Australian breeding industry is far reaching. The Magic Millions do an incredible job in recruiting a massive buying bench to the Gold Coast in January and we have no reason not to be anything but incredibly optimistic in advance of what will surely be another successful sale.
5. What is the thing you like most about the Gold Coast in January?
The Magic Millions carnival at the Gold Coast in January is a great time of the year. Following an incredibly busy breeding and foaling season it is always enjoyable to descend on the Gold Coast and catch up with clients and friends after everyone has had time to relax and unwind over Christmas and New Year.