Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) members spent over $3.16 million on behalf of clients at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale and they are already inspecting yearlings catalogued for the 2016 Sale commencing on January 6.
The FBAA accounted for 20 lots at this year’s Magic Millions and they ranged in price from $420,000 down to $22,000. FBAA is the best point of contact for prospective buyers requiring advice and guidance with their thoroughbred racing and breeding operations.
Saturday’s $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) winner Claro el Banco was initially sourced as a foal by FBAA member Sheamus Mills Bloodstock and cost Mornington trainer Jason Petch $80,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions.
Claro el Banco (Statue Of Liberty) earned $155,000 including $35,000 in VOBIS bonuses at Ballarat to qualify for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on January 9. The only runner with race experience, he showed speed from the gates and set a strong tempo in front to win by over a length from Preferito.
"I'm just so proud of this horse," Petch beamed. "He had to be used up to the first corner and never shirked the task. I will give him an easy two weeks and then get ready for the Gold Coast."
Claro el Banco had been well-beaten on debut in the LR Maribyrnong Trial Stakes. "He just got lost at Flemington," jockey Craig Newitt explained. "He had trialled brilliantly before and after that race and lived up to that promise today.”