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Magic Millions National Sale this June

Magic Millions Sales in Australia, one of the preferred sources of thoroughbred bloodstock for buyers from around the world, will be having its famed National Sale in early June this year. One of its graduates is Sebring, winner of this year’s Golden Slipper Stakes, held April 19 at Rosehill.


Despite missing the start, Sebring (inside) unleashed a powerful finishing kick to nab Von Costa De Hero in a close finish to win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes, the world’s richest juvenile race.

 Sebring is the sixth Magic Millions graduate in the last nine years to win the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, following in the hoofprints of Belle Du Jour, Ha Ha, Polar Success, Dance Hero, and Stratum.


This black-type victory cements Sebring’s reputation as Australia’s premier juvenile, remaining undefeated after four runs. A $130,000 purchase from the Golden Slipper’s premier thoroughbred sales company Magic Millions, Sebring (More Than Ready – Purespeed) has now earned a total of $2,153,000 in prize money.


“It’s absolutely fantastic that yet another Magic Millions graduate has won the Golden Slipper,” Magic Millions managing director David Chester said. “Magic Millions are the value sales company – this Slipper winner was $130,000 – what’s he worth now – at least $15 million!”


The National Sale, traditionally held mid-year, is a premiere source for champions such as Sebring. As for this year’s edition, this just in from Val Hayward of Magic Millions:

The Magic Millions National Sale held at the Gold Coast in June has been a happy hunting ground for Filipino buyers.

 Because of the large number of mares, yearlings and racehorses catalogued, there is always good value to be had at this sale.  It is now the largest sale of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.  At the 2008 National Sale over 1000 mares, 700 yearlings and 100 racehorses have been catalogued.

 The broodmares will be sold from the 4th – 6th of June with the 5th – 6th of June most suitable for Philippine buyers, where over 50% of the mares will sell from $1,000 to $20,000.   Racehorses will also be offered on the 6th of June.

 The 100 yearlings will be offered starting from the 10th of June and finishing on the 12th.  Again over half the yearlings will sell from $2,000 to $20,000.

 The National Sale is a great value sale and compares with similar sales in the USA and the lower shipping costs from Australia make this event a must for local buyers.

 Buyers from the Philippines  will again be well cared for by Magic Millions with complimentary transfers from the airport and the sale together with ringside dining and complimentary accommodation.

 Well known and popular Australian Government Manila Austrade Representative Ancy Palma is coordinating the Magic Millions National Sale tour.

 David Chester, Magic Millions Managing Director, will be in Manila next week to meet with owners, breeders and trainers to talk about the sale.

According to Austrade’s Ancy Palma, Mr. Chester will be hosting a networking function on May 5, at 6pm, at a venue in South Forbes. For details, contact Ancy at telephone (02)757-8143 or email ancy.palma(AT), or email David Chester at davidc(AT) Visit the Magic Millions website at


Former Australian Ambassador Tony Hely and Magic Millions’ David Chester at the networking function for last year’s National Sale.

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Filipinos at the June 2007 Magic Millions Sale


The Filipino contingent and their hosts at a cocktail party tendered by Magic Millions (MM) on June 13 at the MM Complex in Gold Coast, Australia.

Standing, L-R: Trent Nahrung (MM Credit Control officer), Roland Lim, Napoleon Chua, friend, Noli Umali, Che Borromeo, Pat Logarta, David Chester (MM Managing Director), Manny Viray, Joel Songsong, Manny Santos, Jojo Velasquez, friend, Carlo Mendez, and Barbara (of Genesis Apts., where the Filipino party was billeted).

Seated, L-R: Jun Almeda, Alex Tan, Sharon Uy and Gerry (Austrade), Mrs. Songsong, friend, Ancy Palma (Austrade), Val Hayward (of MM), and Mrs. Chester.

In front from left: Andy Sevilla, Mr. & Mrs. Sean Walker (MM), friend.

(Photo courtesy of Mr. Andy Sevilla)

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Filipinos Shop at Magic Millions


Trainer Chito Santos was at San Lazaro Leisure Park (SLLP) last Tuesday night (June 19) to saddle his entries, looking mighty fit and rested after almost a week in Australia for the June 12-14 Magic Millions sales.


He said that one of his horseowners, Oliver “Jojo” Velasquez, bought four horses, among them a Johannesburg filly that he particularly admired and got at a bargain.


Johannesburg (Hennessy-Myth, 1999) was bred in Kentucky and had an undefeated career as a 2-yo champion. His 3-yo year, however, was lackluster, and he now stands at the mighty Coolmore Stud.


His pedigree is impeccable; his grandsire is Storm Cat, one of my personal favorite stallions because he has Northern Dancer and Secretariat blood in him, contributing the speed of Bold Ruler and the staying power of Princequillo.


Mr. Velasquez, said Chito, was on the hunt for certain pedigrees that would eventually enhance his breeding operations, while Chito recommended that he purchase workhorse runners with good conformations to provide cash flow to their stable.


On (Pambansang Website ng Pinoy Horse Fanatics), horseowner Chino Pamintuan (who logs in as “samahan_matibay”) reported that the party of 80 Filipino buyers and their connections crammed their shopping carts with 39 horses bearing choice pedigrees.


Manny Santos, said Pamintuan, bought 13, Bayani Coching 6, Roland Lim 3, Jun Almeda 2, David Lee 2, Pierre Niles 1, B. Ponce 1, Shellane Marie Pamor 1, and other Filipino buyers 9.


PHF member “filheights” shared that Manny Santos (of Jade Bros.Resort and Farm) spent A$140,000 [almost p6 million] on his purchases. The most expensive was a Hussonet-Classic Consent filly worth A$26,000 [P1 million].


Manny Santos also bought a Rock of Gibraltar-Priscilla chestnut filly for A$15,000 [P585,000]. Rock of Gibraltar is a European champion (see earlier entry in this blog).


Manny also acquired a brown filly by E Dubai out of Regal Sea for A$17,000 [P663,000]. E Dubai is also a stakes winner and comes from the world-famous Godolphin Stable of Dubai ruler Sheik Muhammad al-Maktoum.


These imported bloodlines should dramatically improve our local bloodstock and give us exciting races to look forward to.

Photo: A clipping from an Australian publication that featured Jojo Velasquez.

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