Vinery Stud finished among the top 10 vendors at the Magic Millions last month with a sale aggregate of just over $3.5 million. Vinery also enjoyed a 100% clearance rate with the entire draft of 25 yearlings all finding new homes at the Gold Coast Sale.
First season sire Pluck is the image of his own sire More Than Ready and his first yearlings averaged over six times his service fee giving Vinery clients a solid return on their investment. A top price of $100,000 was paid by Warwick Farm trainer Gabrielle Englebrecht for the filly from Octagonal stakes winner Diamond Cove.
Pluck yearlings also went to the stables of other winning trainers such as Paul Lafferty, Matthew Smith and Tony Gollan.
Gollan is thrilled with his Pluck yearling and said “I absolutely loved the Pluck x Bonded filly from the moment I saw her. She is very striking and has a presence about her.
“She ticked all the boxes for me – athleticism, scope and a great action. To me she seems precocious enough to be out and running early”
Breeders who booked to champion sire More Than Ready were amply rewarded with an average of $168,000. The top-priced colt was a $600,000 relation to Gr.1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Star Witness purchased by Gai Waterhouse.
Former Champion First Season Sire Casino Prince was another Vinery stallion to attract Waterhouse. She paid $170,000 for his colt from Flemington juvenile stakes winner Sweet Cheeks.
Magic Millions hero Testa Rossa was back in focus on the Gold Coast as the dam sire of Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R.L) winner Le Chef. Premier Perth trainer Neville Parnham and his major client Santo Guagliardo bought a brother to Testamezzo (from Tremezzo) for $220,000 and a filly from Gr.1 winner Ellicorsam for $180,000.
Vinery Champion USA shuttler Congrats had four lots top six-figures with the half-brother to Mossman’s Group winner Stirling Grove (from Kalamata) making $140,000 and going to Byron Rogers of Matchem Racing.
Matchem bought star filly Fontiton last year and Rogers is confident his Magic Millions colt will also make the grade. “He was a standout during our inspections at Vinery,” Rogers explained. “He’s typical of the good ones by Congrats in North America.”
Husson was popular with syndicators. Star Thoroughbreds manager Denise Martin paid $165,000 for his brother to Flemington stakes winner Affable while Prime Thoroughbreds boss Joe O’Neill weighed in with $70,000 for the filly out of young Fastnet Rock mare Head Over Heels.
Mossman was value for money once again with 5 lots averaging $74,000. Rob Heathcote bought two including the Hussyanna colt who is a three-quarter brother to his champion sprinter Buffering.