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Buyers flock to Magic Millions

An incredible $40 million of bloodstock has sold through the ring on the opening day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Setting a new day one record, just 14 lots were passed in as $40,262,500 of gross sales were recorded across 148 lots, with an average sale price of $272,043 and a remarkable clearance rate of 91%.

The latest yearling from Karuta Queen, the 2011 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner, topped the day one sales, with Peter Moody claiming the highly coveted Zoustar filly for $950,000.

"She's a really lovely filly," Moody said of the Strawberry Hill Stud offering.

"I had a bit of exposure to mum, I trained her at the back end of her career."

"Just a queen - a magnificent filly. She was my horse of the sale, which is easy for me to say now but I'm very pleased to be taking her home.

"I've bought her on spec with the view of getting some stable clients into her. She's a filly that's got a lot of residual value, race performance aside.

"We are a smaller operation now and just trying to find elite horses and hopefully she can fit that category."

Earlier in the day, three other yearlings sold for $900,000 apiece including Coolmore Stud's Justify filly from Global Glamour, who will head to the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable.

Four lots later Ciaron Maher and David Eustace secured the Zoustar half sister to current Sydney based galloper Authentic Jewel (ex Gold and Diamonds) from the draft of Yulong.

The final $900,000 seller on the day was the I Am Invincible-Harlem River filly who was presented by Newgate Farm and knocked down to Melbourne based bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills.

Rounding out the top five sellers was the day's highest priced colt - the Deep Field-I Am A Star at $800,000.

"It's an extremely solid start to the sale," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

"If someone had offered that result at the start of the day I'd have taken it!

"It was a deep, strong market and there were plenty of people bidding. We were finding buyers at all levels.

"There's a lot of water to go under the bridge but it's a great start.”

Click here to see full results from the opening day of the 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.