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Magic Millions sale ends on a high
06:05 AEST Mon Jan 14 2013

Fastnet Rock proved the most popular stallion at the Magic Millions sale but was pipped in the averages for leading sire by dual Australian champion Redoute's Choice.

The fourth and final session of the premier lots was held at the Magic Millions Gold Coast complex on Saturday night, realising a healthy increase on 2012.

Gai Waterhouse will train the sale-topper, a $1.35 million Fastnet Rock colt bought by Coolmore.

She and bloodstock partner James Harron led the buying bench, securing 27 lots for $6.05 million.

Fastnet Rock's average for 33 lots was $318,030 while Redoute's Choice averaged $384,500 for his 10 yearlings sold.

Redoute's Choice has landed in France to begin serving his first northern hemisphere season at the Aga Khan's stud where Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava heads the mares he will serve.

Fastnet Rock shuttles between Coolmore in Ireland and Australia.

The gross for the sale was $67.67 million compared to $62.57 million last year with and average price of $136,172, up on the 2012 average of $127,175 with a clearance rate of 83 per cent.

"It's been an extremely strong sale," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "It was pleasing to see the clearance rate climb again."

"It was great to see the support of many newer players - both as vendors and buyers," Cox added.

As well as the yearlings she bought, Waterhouse will take charge of another 21 knocked down to Denise Martin's Star Thoroughbreds.

Martin spent $2.355 million to be the second leading buyer at the sale.

The bumper Magic Millions race day was held on Saturday afternoon with Real Surreal the winner of the $2 million Magic Millions Classic for two-year-olds and Saluter taking out the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas.

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