Filly a snip at just half a million

DAVID HENDERSON believes he has again picked up the best filly from the Magic Millions sale after he was part of syndicate that paid $500,000 for a Fastnet Rock filly on the opening day.

”We have had a bit of luck buying fillies which are the best physical types at this sale, and that’s why we bought his filly,” Henderson said.

”We got Urban Groove and Sugar Rush doing the same thing and it is a similar group of us in this filly.”

The filly is from Legally Bay and was knocked down to James Harron, who confirmed it had sold to a group of trainer Gai Waterhouse’s clients. The filly’s ownership includes Nick Vass and John and Anne McDonnell.

The Waterhouse stable, including her major syndicator Star Thoroughbreds, spent $3.5 million at the first day of the sale where the gross was more than $17.3 million.

Waterhouse also purchased the top-priced colt, a Fastnet Rock-Liberty Rose offering from Coolmore, for $500,000. The stud kept a share in the colt.

”Gai Waterhouse is always the guts of our sale,” Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said. ”She works very hard at getting clients and promoting racing and it is always pleasing to see her buying strongly.

”At one stage it felt like she was buying every lot.”

The average was up from last year’s first session at $128,685. ”It is a very promising start,” Cox said. ”The gross was up more than $2.5 million and there was very strong competition for the right horses.”

An interesting lot late in the day was a Wanted colt out of Regal Arena which sold to Hong Kong’s George Moore for $460,000.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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