A buoyant market for well bred racehorse fillies & mares off the track, saw Bennett Racing’s imported mare Miss Countessa realise 210k at last weeks Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.
Although the mare didnt adapt to the Australian racing style her Internationally recognised pedigree shined through with Annabel Neasham acting on behalf of Blue Diamond Stuk UK securing the mare from other  International bidders. Miss Countessa was of course a 1/2 sister to the unbeaten stakeswinning USA 2yo filly Junipermarshmallow and a direct descendant of the champion Miesque.
Bennett Racing favourite 320k earner Kalkarni Royale realised 60k through the ring which was a reasonable price considering her pedigree was a little lighter up top. Metropolitan winning Dundeel mare Maid Of Iron sold for 40k to NZ interests to go to the very good sire Prosir.
Top price for the sale was a whopping 4.1 mil for the dual Gr1 winner Forbidden Love.

MM National Broodmare Sale Concludes- $33million Yulong Spend the Highlight

Media Release – Thursday May 25

Macroura capped a massive few days for her family when she topped the third and final day of the 2023 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast today.

After her half sister Sunshine in Paris sold for $3.9 million late on Tuesday and her dam Zenaida sold for $1.4 million yesterday, it was fitting that Macroura would top proceedings on the final day when selling for $1.5 million.

Across three days of selling the National Broodmare Sale grossed over $107 million on 492 lots sold at an average price of $217,744 and clearance rate of 77 per cent.

“Very much in line with expectations,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. “Ideally we would have like to sell a few more at the low to mid end, but I think the top end made up for that from the gross perspective, and it’s our job to continue to increase the clearance rate in the hours and days to come.”
“I think we’ve got a very motivated group of vendors who are willing to meet the market, so I think in the days to come there will be many a horse transacted and that’ll add to the market.”
Bowditch said it was amazing to see Mr Zhang’s powerful Yulong operation at work during the sale, securing an outstanding line up of stock among their $33.4 million outlay.
“Unbelievable. Sixty horses at any end of the market is a huge number to take home, let alone at all ends and very much so at the top – $33 million is a big go.”
“He’s got some amazing broodmares to breed to his stallions for this year and in years to come.”
“It’s very exciting for Australia, and it’s exciting for Victoria, and the whole industry’s cheering Yulong on for their successes in the years to come.”
The team from Newgate again rounded out as leading vendor at the sale – selling 58 lots this week.

Newgate were the leading vendor at the sale - image MM

Newgate were the leading vendor at the sale – image MM

“An amazing effort,” Bowditch noted. “They’re a well-oiled machine, they’re marketing is exceptional and from their perspective and their client’s perspective I’m sure they’re very happy with the results they’ve achieved.”
“Congratulations to Newgate – they’re a two-time leading yearling vendor and for the second year in a row now they’ve been the biggest seller at the National Broodmare Sale.”