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Victoria’s A List Stud will present their first Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling draft in 2021. A List Stud purchased a new property in 2019, and the business is run by a team led by CEO Chris Lee. The debut draft of any new farm is an exciting time, and Bluebloods spoke to Stud Manager, Codie O’Neill, about their draft of five yearlings for the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
“We took a draft of two year-olds to this year’s Magic Millions 2YO Sale, and the focus on the farm has been on selecting broodmares who will produce athletic types.” Some of the broodmares that A List Stud has invested in recently include Gr.3 winners Agent Pippa (Demerit), Pecans (Skilled), and New Zealand Oaks placegetter Insurgent (Ishiguru).
The five yearlings that A List Stud will present at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale consist of three fillies and two colts, and all by proven and emerging quality stallions.
LOT 742 – Exceed And Excel-Sanity
Gr.1 Makybe Diva Stakes winner Gatting earned over $2million, and A List Stud will present a closely related colt, Lot 742, being by Exceed And Excel out of Sanity (Lonhro), a winning full sister to the dam of Gatting. This colt is also a blood brother to group winner Manicure who shares the same sire as this yearling, Exceed And Excel, and is out of another full sister to Sanity in group winner Trim. If that isn’t enough, this colt is the first foal of his dam, and recent stakes winner Diamond Thunder also appears in this pedigree.
“A quality, well balanced colt who is nicely put together and has a good attitude.”
LOT 1092 – Deep Field-Snow Sparkle
A Deep Field colt, Lot 1092, is the first foal of winning More Than Ready mare Snow Sparkle, a half-sister to group winner Holyfield, and a daughter of Gr.1 Myer Classic winner Hurtle Myrtle. This is a family on the rise, with Hurtle Myrtle having left four winners from as many to race, and with Holyfield only being a three year-old, there are likely to be pedigree updates between now and sale time.
“A well bred colt. Nice conformation with a good attitude.”
LOT 407 – So You Think(NZ)-Invincible Express
A List Stud will offer three yearling fillies for sale, including the first foal, Lot 407, of city winner Invincible Express, who won six races up to 1100m, and was a winner on debut as a two year-old. Invincible Express is by Australia’s hottest sire I Am Invincible, and is out of a two year-old winning Iglesia mare who is a half-sister to stakes winner Emit Time. This yearling filly is by proven sire So You Think whose Gr.1 winning fillies include Nakeeta Jane, Sopressa, and La Bella Diosa.
“An attractive strong filly with a good shoulder and hindquarters.”
LOT 188 – Frosted (USA)-Cottoned On
The first foal, Lot 188, of Cottoned On is by exciting young sire Frosted who is an early leader on the first season sire list at time of writing. This filly’s second dam is the tough race mare Marveen, who won six races including three races at Listed level and was multiple times group placed. This is the family of speedy two year-old Unite and Conquer, as well as Danglissa and Sweet Redemption.
“A lovely forward type, with good scope and presence.”
LOT 1137 – Shooting to Win-What a Treat
Rounding out the A List Stud draft for the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is Lot 1137, a filly by emerging sire Shooting to Win who is siring winners week in week out and has two rising stars of Australian racing in Tailleur and undefeated Mystery Shot. This filly is out of What a Treat (Lonhro) who won six races, all at sprint distances, and she has already left a two year-old winner at stud. This is one of Australia’s most consistent families that descends from Gr.1 winner Wrap Around, and includes Champion 2YO and Champion 3YO Fashions Afield, two year-old group winner Kiss and Make Up, and the dam of this filly is a half-sister to the dam of New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of Year winner Imelda Mary who was a dual Gr.2 winner last season.
“Very athletic, great walking filly with nice muscle and good bone.”
A List Stud is a young operation based on a lovely farm, who are investing in quality stock at the sales to build a solid operation. Their first draft of Magic Millions yearlings provides buyers with plenty of opportunity to find a good racehorse.