THE 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale got off to a cracking start on Wednesday hitting an all-time record opening day average.
A colt by Fastnet Rock, who stands at Coolmore Stud, reached the $1 million mark - the top seller on the day.
Presented by the Hutchins family’s Element Hill, the Queensland bred colt from stakes winner Risk Aversion attracted strong interest from prospective buyers before selling to Tom Magnier, of Coolmore stud, in partnership with trainer John O’Shea.
Meanwhile, Hunter breds have featured heavily in the top sellers on the opening day with Arrowfield Stud’s Snitzel-Madame Andree brown colt starring in the early hours.
The colt is the third foal for the unraced War Emblem mare Madame Andree and sold to leading Sydney based bloodstock agent James Harron for $900,000.
Harron described the foal as a super type, stating “he has a really great way about him.”
“He walks super, has a lovely shape, great hip and a lovely girth – he’s a really beautiful athlete.
“He has a great head on his shoulders and has handled the sale really well; he ticked a lot of boxes.”
Another stand out seller on the day was the Deep Field colt from Reggae, Lot 231, who was offered by Kia Ora Stud and purchased by Justin Bahen for Orbis Bloodstock for $675,000.
During day one a total of 182 lots were sold for a gross of $39.17 million and average price of $215,220.
Day two of the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale commences today (Thursday) at 10am Queensland time.