I Am Invincible son tops day two of Perth Sale

The I Am Invincible colt bought by Gary Moore for A$265,000

I Am Invincible son tops day two of Perth Sale
By Zoe Vicarage 1:42PM 21 FEB 2017

THE second and final day of the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale was topped by an I Am Invincible colt when selling to Rosehill-based trainer Gary Moore for A$265,000 (£385,536/€454,296).

Moore is no stranger to this sale having purchased the top lot at last year's auction and would not be denied in taking home Tuesday's session topper.

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The colt is the first foal out of the Listed-winning Oratorio mare Miss Solis and is from the family of Melbourne Cup hero Jezabeel and the Group scorers Frontier Boy and Ashley Grove.

Moore said: "He's from a great mare and by one of our better stallions in Australia. For me he was the pick of the sale. I think he will go early [as a two-year-old].

"When you have brother John spending A$560,000 on a filly by I Am Invincible I think this horses is a very good buy. I really wanted a two-year-old. We're so keen on getting a top-class juvenile. Takedown won at two and trained on. This could be the bloke to do it for me."

A half-brother to Group 3 winner Silent Sedition by first-season sire Gingerbread Man was the second highest-priced lot on Tuesday when selling to Aqua Trained Thoroughbreds in partnership with Andrew Noblet for A$170,000 (£104,866/€123,568).

Offered by Korilya Stud he is out of the unraced Dubai Destination mare Fiorentina, herself a half-sister to Group 1 scorer Monterosso, and is a grandson of Coolmore Classic scorer Porto Roca.

Over the two days, 254 yearlings were sold for a total of A$9,359,000 (£5,771,936/€6,802,778), down ten per cent on last year's aggregate of A$10,429,000 (£6,431,414/€7,580,279). The average price also fell 10 per cent to A$36,846 (£22,720/€26,779) from A$41,059 (£25,315/€29,841) and the median dropped 13 per cent to A$26,000 (£16,028/€18,894) from A$30,000 (£18,497/€21,799).

Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said: "It did improve on Monday's market. We can't get away from the statistics – it has been a tougher sale than it was last year. Having said that, there's been a number of positives and exciting things coming out of this sale.

"Getting A$325,000 on Monday for the Not A Single Doubt colt and A$265,000 on Tuesday for the I Am Invincible colt to Gary Moore, there were some great scenes after the purchase of that horse, that was great fun.

"There were vendors who had very good sales. I just had one tell me he's never had a better sale in 40 years."

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