More Than Ready colt steals the show at National Yearling Sale
George Moore snaps up Tuesday's top lot for A$380,000
The exploits of Group 1-winning two-year-old The Mission transferred to the first day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Tuesday when a More Than Ready colt related to him topped the session at A$380,000.
Hong Kong-based bloodstock agent George Moore snapped up the three-parts brother to the Group 1 heroine Carry On Cutie - who is the dam of Champagne Stakes winner The Mission.
Moore said: "He's the stand out yearling of the sale. He's by More Than Ready who is the sire of Eagle Way, a recent Group 3 winner in Hong Kong for the stable. He comes with an outstanding page with the recent Group 1 winner The Mission in the second dam.
"The colt ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for."
Late in the session, a Fastnet Rock filly went the way of David Lucas on behalf of Dubai's Phoenix Thoroughbred for A$350,000. She is a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Fiveandahalfstar and the Group performer Worldplay.
The operation also snapped up Tyreel Stud's Hinchinbrook colt out of the Magic Albert mare Waterspell when they parted with A$280,000 to secure him.
Figures for the first session saw the aggregate post a 12 per cent improvement to A$8,561,000 from last year's figure of A$7,638,000 and the average rose 31 per cent to A$59,041 from A$45,195.
Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said: "The competition on the quality lots was outstanding and as a result a number of good prices were attained which has given us a very healthy average.
"The clearance rate is a very disappointing 67 per cent which we will hope to improve on Wednesday with the vendors being more realistic for their less admired stock. We have worked hard to attract a large buying bench and we anticipate they will step into the market as opportunities arise."