Eight high-class Gold Coast yearlings secured by Spendthrift Australia

January 15, 2020

The team from Spendthrift Australia were busy inspecting yearlings during the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and finished the week with six well-related fillies and two quality colts.

The first purchase was made early in the sale when Lot 24, an American Pharoah filly out of Group 3-winning 2-year-old mare Vivi Veloce, entered the ring. From a wonderful black-type family, she was consigned by respected vendor Bhima Thoroughbreds and was acquired for $375,000.

The Fastnet Rock filly catalogued as Lot 63 caught the attention of Spendthrift, and the team went to $300,000 to secure the three-quarter-sister to Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Amicus (Fastnet Rock). From the same family as Starspangledbanner, she was prepared by Newgate Farm.

Lot 144, also consigned by Newgate Farm, showcased an exciting pedigree with potential for further pedigree updates being a half-sister to Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Exceedance (Exceed and Excel). The filly by Sebring is out of stakes-winning mare Bonnie Mac and was purchased for $300,000.

The high-class Frosted filly out of Fast Fleet catalogued as Lot 301 was a purchase that Spendthrift were very happy to get their hands on. Offered on account of Widden Stud, the half-sister to five-time Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane (Lope de Vega) was acquired for $650,000.

Widden Stud also consigned the Star Witness filly out of Geblitzt (Lot 329) and was the fifth purchase made by Spendthrift when they went to $320,000 to secure the half-sister to Group 1 Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare (Declaration of War).

“As Ryan McEvoy said when we first looked at her, she’s the fourth foal out of a young mare who has already produced two stakes winners, so we cross our fingers Geblitzt is on her way to stardom,” commented Spendthrift Australia General Manager Garry Cuddy.

The final filly purchased at the Gold Coast Sale was Lot 407, a Winning Rupert filly out of Invading Humour who is an American stakes winner. Consigned by Attunga Stud, she was secured for $140,000.

Cuddy, who admitted they had a change in tack at the sale, commented “This year we cut back on the colts and concentrated on the fillies, but we’re very happy to walk away with an American Pharoah and More Than Ready colt.”

More Than Ready needs no introduction as an outstanding stallion and great example of a successful shuttle stallion, while American Pharoah is the next on the list of stallions to see whether they can do it.

The striking More Than Ready colt (Lot 453) was purchased for $900,000 from Lime Country Thoroughbreds and is out of a half-sister to Group winners Savvy Nature (Savabeel) and Addictive Nature (Savabeel).

The sharp American Pharoah colt (Lot 882) was acquired for $675,000 from Attunga Stud and is the first foal out of Group 2 winner Tsaritsa.

“I think when you are a little brother of an international franchise, you have to cater to the big brother,” commented Cuddy.

“These two colts are obvious examples of, should they have success on the racetrack, potential stallions that could shuttle to our American farm and then come back to us.”