Dual Group 1 winning mare Savvy Coup was sold for $A1million at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale in Queensland yesterday.
The daughter of Savabeel was offered by Attunga Stud on behalf of her New Zealand owners, Ray Coupland and Jim Bruford and their families.
Savvy Coup won the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham as a three-year-old and also took out the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings in October last year. She also included the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings among her New Zealand victories.
She has had 16 starts for six wins, two seconds and three thirds and her stake earnings total more than $669,000.
She is one of two winners from the unraced mare Eudora, who is a sister to Group 2 winner Legless Veuve and the Group 3 scorer Tootsie and was purchased by Coolmore in conjunction with Morning Rise Stud’s Rob McClure.
Attunga Stud’s Brian Nutt was hopeful the mare would make somewhere in the region of her eventual $1 million price tag.
“I thought the million was spot on for her,” Nutt said.
“We were hoping to get a million and we had a reserve in place to under a million in the hope she would make that. We got the price that we were hoping for – so it was a good result.”
Coolmore has previously enjoyed success with daughters of Savabeel, having purchased Group 1 winner Diademe for $740,000 in partnership in 2015 before reselling her last year for $1.7 million.
They also sold a Fastnet Rock colt out of Diademe for NZ$1 million last year.
The top-priced mare at yesterday’s sale was Missrock will head to the UK after being knocked down to the bid of Highclere Stud’s John and Jake Warren for $A2.3million.
The Warrens came out on top in a lively bidding battle with Coolmore Stud to secure the Group 3 winning daughter of Fastnet Rock, who won four times including the Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) and also finished runner-up in Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on two occasions during a stellar career on the track.