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Antony Thompson and his family’s Widden Stud sold the top two lots on the opening day of the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale

ANTONY Thompson and his team at Widden Stud had a 10 minutes all breeders dream of when they provided the two top lots on the opening day of this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Prominent owner-breeder Robert Anderson continued his great week when the I Am Invincible filly from his Group 1 winning mare Bonaria sold to Busuttin Racing for $975,000 under the Widden banner.

Anderson’s mare Paradee won last Saturday’s Wave on the Gold Coast and runs again on Magic Millions day this week.

Two lots later, Widden led in the Snitzel colt, who is the first foal of Brisbane stakes winning mare Bonny O’Reilly. The colt was eventually knocked down to Coolmore’s Tom Magnier for $1.9 million.

Thompson said it was a great opening day of the sale for the historic family farm.

“So much work goes into it and there’s a lot of build-up and you just hope they sell well. That was a fantastic achievement for the whole team today,” Thompson said.

“Robert Anderson has had horses with the farm for 30 years, he’s been a good breeder and a great supporter of ours.

“The Bonny O’Reilly filly was for ourselves and some of our clients and it was a very exciting result for everyone, being the first foal from the mare.”

Given the uncertainty over who might be able to attend, the absence of international buyers and the fragile global economy, the opening day held up remarkably well, with the average and median from the first day comparable to the record result achieved 12 months ago, with an average around the $250,000 mark.

“Obviously we were very anxious about the environment and sale coming in, but the fundamentals of the Australian industry are so good with so much good prizemoney,” Thompson said. “Horse people are very optimistic and they always find a way to get things done.”

Bonny O’Reilly was sold at the Magic Millions National sale for $1.2 million 18 months ago carrying this colt.

“We’re delighted with that. It’s an outstanding result for everyone,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

Bowditch said there’s a long way to go, but was pleased to see the way the opening day figures stacked up, particularly the strong clearance rate.

“It’s just good there’s a positive vibe and we’re selling a huge chunk of the horses, which was my trepidation going into it,” he said.

“Seemingly there’s great depth to the market, there’s bidding at all ends and vendors are willing to meet the market. With that it’s giving the market confidence to bid.”

Originally published asBonny Colt a star at $1.9M

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