Hey, remember that good race mare MISSROCK?
You know the one in Victoria who raced about a million times in Gr 1 races and never actually won one of them?
Well, someone bought her yesterday for $2.3million.
For the record, all jokes aside, her actual race career record was pretty impressive. Missrock (Fastnet Rock-Miss judgement) started 34 times for 4 wins, and 8 placings amassing $1,388,900 along the way in prizemoney.
Not bad for a mare who cost $500,000 as a yearling.
And now she most likely heads to England for the remainder of her days. She is a 5YO.
To set the scene, the sale took place at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale. And Missrock attracted immense interest from bidders who came from all parts of the world. In the end it was John and Jake Warren who were bidding via telephone that secured her.
John Warren is known around the world as the Racing Manager for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and in recent years has teamed up with his son Jake and the pair are leading buyers right around the world.
The Warrens spent recent days on the Gold Coast and were struck with Missrock when they inspected her on the grounds.
“She is one of those mares who doesn’t take much inspecting – she’s an absolute beauty,” the son Jake Warren said.
“She fit the bill for us on conformation, she’s a lovely sized mare. She’s very strong and powerful and she has a great action.”
“We were just in awe of her and thought she was a lovely type and when you married that up with her pedigree, race record and the fact she is by a top sire – she really floated our boat on all aspects.”
“She has been bought for a private client of Highclere Stud and she is going to come back up to the UK and she will be based at Highclere Stud, where the intention will be to use the best available European stallions with a view to try to breed Classic horses.”
“The Danehill blood in Europe mixed with the Sadler’s Wells line has been so successful and so that’s where we’re thinking – it’s very exciting,” Warren added.
Fastnet Rock, her father, is by Danehill.
Other fascinating buys on day 1 of the broodie sale were:
Whispering Brook (Hinchinbrook-Artful Whisper) who won $1,183,100 in prizemoney and who fetched a further $1.1million for Japanese buyer Katsumi Yoshida.
Oregon’s Day (Domesday-Oregon Seal) who won $963,000 and fetched a further $1million when bought by Amarina Farm.
Savvy Coup (Savabeel-Eudora) who won $719,333 and who fetched a further $1million when Attunga Stud, Tom Magnier and James Bester decided to land her.
Eckstein (I Am Invincible-Comrie) who won $1,067,300 and who fetched a further $750,000 when Tom Magnier and Colm Santry bought her.
Our Crown Mistress (Star Witness-Barangaroo) who won $291,000 and who fetched a further $400,000 when Edinburgh Stud bought her.
Bloodstock heavyweights James Bester and Tom Magnier also purchased Invincible Star (I Am Invincible-Romany Flyer) who was trained by Gai and Adrian and who won twice at stakes level and was Gr 1 placed.
They paid $1,450,000 for her and it prompted Gai Waterhouse to get on Twitter and say: “What an incredible success story she was. She went through the same Magic Millions ring as a yearling when I bought her for $200,000 and now sells to Coolmore for that huge amount.”
The day 1 sale was for racemares and females who were not in foal.
Day 2 is for those who have been served and believed to be in foal.