Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Thousands Spent at Annual Yearling Sales; Bell Races Provide an Insight into Magic Millions Buying on the Gold Coast

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Thousands Spent at Annual Yearling Sales; Bell Races Provide an Insight into Magic Millions Buying on the Gold Coast

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THE results from last Saturday's Bell races provide a cautionary tale for the big spenders who are currently outlaying massive amounts for yearlings at the Magic Millions sale at the Gold Coast.

The most expensive horse sold as a yearling to race at Bell was Halpin, a $200,000 yearling, who ran second in the 1000m maiden plate, earning $1400.

By one of Australia's leading sires, Fastnet Rock from a Testa Rossa mare, Halpin was sold at the 2013 Inglis Premier sale in Melbourne.

Halpin had his first start at Pakenham in Victoria, finishing 7th of 10 starters.

A few starts later he twice ran second in $3000 maidens at the Healsville Picnics before coming to Queensland after five starts.

His Bell second was his first race in Queensland with his racetrack earnings now totalling $3783.

Another expensive yearling, Smooth Talker, was at least a winner at Bell in the shape of Smooth Talker (Redoute's Choice from a Zeditative mare), a $120,000 purchase at 2011 Sydney Easter yearling sale.

Now with Donald Baker in Toowoomba, the six-year-old has won eight races, earning over $90,000 in prize money with three Toowoomba wins as well as victories at Dalby and Charleville.

Of the Bell winners offered for sale as yearlings, Class B winner, Teemolton (by Red Dazzler from a Beautiful Crown mare) was sold for $8000, Platinum Gray (Husson - Grosvenor mare) who won the 1300m maiden went for $80,000 as a yearling, while BM 50 winner, Count Kawana (Sequalo - Celestial Dancer mare) was passed in for $14,000 on a $15,000 reserve at the Magic Millions QTIS sale back in 2011.

Country races

TOMORROW is a very quiet day in country racing in this area with no venues racing.

The next meeting in the South East Queensland country area is scheduled for Dalby on January 16 followed by Thangool on the January 23 and Kilcoy on January 26.

Bundaberg races on February 6, followed by Nanango on February 13.

Jockey standings

NANANGO-BASED apprentice, Hannah English is currently the best placed rider in country Queensland, having posted 24 wins so far this season at the exceptional strike rate of 22% for winners. …

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