The sale record $850,000 Dundeel colt and a $330,000 son of the late champion sire Redoute’s Choice look set to head into training with Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes after the trio purchased the pair at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale yesterday.
The price tag for the Arrowfield Stud-consigned Dundeel colt set a new benchmark for the sale, while Hawkes Racing also landed the fourth highest priced lot sold on day two of the June auction, which was also offered by John Messara’s Hunter Valley farm.
Twenty-four hours earlier, a son of Snitzel made $500,000 after being signed for by trainer Gerald Ryan and agent David Raphael.
Wayne Hawkes said the Dundeel colt was a clear standout and he knew leading into the sale that there would be significant competition for the yearling.
“We thought he was the best horse in the sale and, unfortunately, when you come to Magic Millions, you have to pay for them – they don’t give them away at the front door,” Hawkes said.
“We think he is going to be a real Classic three-year-old and we hadn’t seen a better Dundeel this year. To be totally honest, we hadn’t even seen one we fell in love with.
“He is the first one this year. He was expensive and when you are breaking records you know that it was dear.”
Hawkes believed that Hong Kong trainer John Moore was the underbidder on the record-setting colt.
The colt is the first foal out of the three-time winner Fastnet Rock mare Santa Rocks, who in turn is out of the unraced Aussie Christmas, who is herself a half-sister to three-time US Grade 1 winner and sire Harlan’s Holiday.