Ryan McEvoy - Widden Stud

2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Zoustar - Sangiovese colt.
Zoustar - Sangiovese colt. Picture: Magic Millions

Who is (are) your pick of the colts and why? 
It's always difficult and often you can have differing of opinion throughout the preparation but the likes of the Sebring (More Than Ready) – Super Swell (Lot 831), Zoustar (Northern Meteor) – Dulverton (Commands) (Lot 259), and we also have a couple of stunning I Am Invincible colts (ex Friday Hussy (Lot 322) and one out of Group 2 winner Samara Dancer (Hinchinbrook) (Lot 720) come to mind.

We've enjoyed great success with our colts from this sale; the likes of Dissident (Sebring), Stratum Star (Stratum), Levendi (Pierro), Star Turn (Star Witness), Graff (Star Witness) & Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) winner Le Chef (Exceed And Excel) have all been recent graduates.

Who is (are) your pick of the fillies and why? 
The feedback we're receiving is our draft is remarkable even and we've worked hard in reducing the tail and I think we've got an outstanding crop of fillies this year. Zoustar (Northern Meteor) fillies from the likes of Farasha (Jeune) (Lot 256), Miss Tenpins (Pins) (Lot 548), Fife (Starcraft) (Lot 302) are going to be popular as will the Sebring (More Than Ready) fillies from the likes of The Messina Nymph (Commands) (Lot 866) and Fratianne (Lonhro) (Lot 318).

We also have a couple of really interesting fillies such as the Frosted (Tapit) half to Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega) (Lot 301) and the Star Witness (Starcraft) half to Vow And Declare (Lot 329)

Who do you feel has improved most over the prep? 
We've been impressed with how the draft in general have thrived throughout. A couple of colts come to mind namely the Zoustar – Sangiovese (Stratum) (Lot 724) and the Fastnet Rock (Danehill)– Two Beauties (Red Ransom) (Lot 886)

How do you feel the 2020 sale will measure compared to previous renewals? 
I don't see any reason why the middle to top end of the market won't be as strong as ever. The larger colts syndicates are all enjoying timely and current success and of course not much more to be further said about the attractive level of prize-money and residual opportunities that are currently afforded the Australian racehorse owner.

What is the thing you like most about the Gold Coast in January? 
Being the first sale of the year, the Magic Millions is always an exciting sale to attend. It is the first major sale that the public can view the first crop yearlings of the new season sires in addition to determining a market trend for the rest of the sales year.

As a vendor it is extremely important we offer the right product, the first sale of the year sets the tone and with a large local and international buying bench we want to make a good first impression and build momentum for sales later in the year.

The $10 millon Magic Millions raceday has just added that bit of 'magic' and you can sense a real buzz during the sales which provides a great atmosphere.

It is also a great opportunity to see friends and clients in a vibrant city like the Gold Coast...and what a great time to be there in January!

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