LEADING Thoroughbred sales company Magic Millions has rounded out another racing season as the number one source for Australian racetrack stars.
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With 104 individual stakes winners of 154 black type races, Magic Millions graduates had another 12 months to remember during the recently completed 2015/16 racing season. Magic Millions’ 104 stakes winners during the season ranged in purchase price from $1800 to $720,000 and emerged from 14 different auctions the company stages each year.

During the 2015/16 racing season Magic Millions graduates won about 5000 races in Australia alone, earning more than $154 million with no fewer than 620 black type top three finishes.

The high class performances were led by champion mare Winx – the highest rated Australian racehorse and highest rated mare in the world. During the season Winx remained unbeaten in seven starts, a streak which included five Group One victories – Epsom Handicap, WS Cox Plate, Chipping Norton Stakes, George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Handicap.

Bred by the Camilleri family’s Fairway Thoroughbreds and sold through the draft of Coolmore Stud for $210,000 at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Winx boasts a career record of 13 wins and three seconds from 19 starts with earnings of more than $6.6 million.

Winx is the highest rated Australian racehorse and highest rated mare in the world.

Another exceptional performer was Queensland-bred international Group 1 winner Buffering, who also won another two Group 1 races in Australia. The $22,000 Gold Coast March Yearling from Racetree, has now earned a staggering $7,267,694.

Black Heart Bart – from the Queensland-bred mare Sister Theresa and a $20,000 Perth Yearling Sale purchase – won five stakes races during the season including the Group 1 The Goodwood in Adelaide and boosted his earnings to $1,979,850.

Tarquinn Shadow, winner of the listed Starstruck Classic, emerged as the company’s best value stakes winner of the season – a $1800 purchase from the 2012 Perth Winter Thoroughbred Sale.

Another great success story was multiple stakes winner Sold For Song, a $2500 purchase from the Gold Coast Yearling Sale. With three wins and five placings from just nine starts, Sold For Song has already earned connections more than $350,000.

Hopwood joins Sky RacingFORMER jockey Libby Hopwood has joined racing broadcaster Sky Racing as a form analyst a on Sky Thoroughbred Central.

Hopwood suffered a career ending fall at Murray Bridge, South Australia in late 2014. The same race claimed the life of her close friend Caitlin Forrest. Hopwood initially thought she would have no trouble getting back in the saddle, but with the realisation that wasn’t going to happen she began studying and working towards a media career. Libby joins other successful female former jockeys like Bernadette Cooper, Priscilla Schmidt and Chantelle Buckley in the Sky team.

Tony Sears

QTIS premiers decidedAFTER a hotly contested 12 months, the final five weeks determined the QTIS Premiers for the 2015/16 racing season.

John Zielke

Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association webnews reports that John Zielke, Tony Sears, Royal Tithe and Too Good to Refuse were the outstanding QTIS performers over the past 12 months.Both trainers won complimentary entry into the 2017/18 Magic Millions Series for a yearling that they purchase at one of the 2017 Magic Millions Sales.

Zielke won the coveted title of 2YO QTIS Premiership Trainer on Earnings, banking a phenomenal $318,750 worth of QTIS bonus prizemoney (general prizemoney not included in these figures) for the season. Last year’s premier, Les Ross, was second with $230,400 and Krystle Johnston was third, earning $154,440 in QTIS bonuses.

Zielke was helped significantly by his two top runners, Royal Tithe (by Show a Heart) and Spot the Diff (by Snitzel) who placed first and second on the QTIS Premiership table for 2YOs by Earnings. Royal Tithe collected $165,000 in QTIS bonus prize money and Spot the Diff earned $120,000. The Kelly Schweida trained Bagus (by Jet Spur) rounded out the trifecta with $72,750.

Winner of the Toowoomba Trainer’s Premiership for the second consecutive year, Tony Sears was hovering around the top of the 3YO table all season, but it wasn’t until the final month that he passed Krystle Johnston. Sears banked $153,900 in QTIS bonuses, with Johnston ending the season with $146,010. Last season’s 3YO premier, Tony Gollan, was third with $135,300.

The Desleigh Forster trained Too Good To Refuse (by Rothesay) was the top QTIS earner for 3YOs, collecting $87,500 for the season. Sold For Song (by Collate) trained by Kevin Kemp was second with $85,500 and Sears’ Blue Desert Moon (by Monashee Mountain) was third with $82,000 in QTIS bonus prize money.

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