VENDORS offering lots by first season sire Spill The Beans at this year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale would have been delighted with what they saw at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.
A son of champion stallion Snitzel, Spill The Beans (pictured) who stands at Queensland’s Aquis Farm operation, had a dream debut at Magic Millions with his six yearlings offered selling for an average of $120,000.
To put that into perspective, that figure is 12 times the service fee and represented a welcome return on investment for most breeders.
The top-priced Spill The Beans yearling at the sale was a chestnut colt out of the General Nediym mare Love of Liberty which sold to “The King of the Snitzels” in Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan for $280,000.
The cheapest Spill The Beans youngster was knocked down for $45,000 and the signs are there that his progeny are being highly regarded.
At last count there had been 11 Spill The Beans yearlings nominated for this year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale at Rockhampton in April.
Among the vendors set to offer the progeny are Aquis Farm, Bruce Watts of Riverside Stud at Alton Downs, south-east Queensland’s Corella Stud and Tullyard, Innisplain’s Witheren Lodge and the Hall family of Morinish.
Trained by Gerald Ryan, Spill the Beans was a fast, precocious, undefeated two-year-old who matured at three to win multiple Group races before retiring to stud.
If the level of interest in Spill The Beans’ offspring at the Gold Coast sale is anything to go by then his stock will demand attention come Sunday, April 14, in Rockhampton.
The catalogue for the Capricornia Yearling Sale is still being finalised.
Still on news relevant to the Capricornia Yearling Sale, Tuesday’s winner at Mackay, the Peter Fleming trained debutant Brass Bead (Golden Archer – Kamadiva), provided a timely two-year-old winner for his sire.
At last count there were seven yearlings by Golden Archer nominated for the Rockhampton sale – six of those are from the Raheen Stud draft.
Golden Archer flies under the radar a bit as a producer of juveniles that run early.
From just 54 two-year-old runners he’s had 18 individual winners.
Golden Archer himself won five of his seven starts as a two-year-old, three of those at Listed level, in a career that yielded eight victories and that could have been more if he didn’t run into the likes of Sepoy, Buffering and Black Caviar.
STORY BY DARRYN NUFER
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