2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale

Trainer Mark Kavanagh kicked off the 2015 yearling sales circuit with his annual visit to the Gold Coast Magic Millions last week.

The first yearling sale of the year, the Magic Millions is a highly anticipated event and this year boasted a catalogue of 912 yearlings.

Day one provided a highlight for the Kavanagh stable when the first yearling from former stable member Celebrity Girl topped proceedings. Mark Kavanagh purchased Celebrity Girl (Starcraft-Dashing Granada) for stable clients Trevor and Beth Robertson as a yearling in 2010 and trained the filly to win the VRC Cap D'Antibes Stakes and SAJC Redelva Classic. The Robertson's retained the hulking chestnut as a broodmare and sent her to a similarly powerful chestnut in Sepoy. The resultant foal, a filly, was consigned by Mill Park Stud and brought $850,000 at the auction, a (then) record for a first season sire at the sale. That was later eclipsed by a colt by Sepoy from Sister Madly who was sold for $1.2 million.

Just two lots prior a colt by Fastnet Rock from the former Kavanagh trained stakes winner Cat's Whisker brought $350,000 and three lots prior to that a So You Think colt from Cat's Whiskers stakes placed sister Cat's Pyjamas brought $200,000. It was exciting to see the progeny of the former stable members well sought after and a pleasing result for their owner breeders Trevor and Beth Robertson and Sam and Joy Jenkins respectively.

Mark Kavanagh himself didn't have to wait long to make the first of his five purchases, securing Lot 56, a colt by Canford Cliffs - champion miler in his native Great Britain and Ireland.

He then snared a filly by the recently deceased High Chaparral, the sire of the stable's recent Flemington and Moonee Valley winner Spanish Love and of course the sire of So You Think and It's A Dundeel (to name but two).

He was pleased to secure two fillies by the ill-fated Northern Meteor on day three - Lot 495 from the stakes placed Flying Spur mare Okaylah; and Lot 560 from the well-related Red Ransom mare Red Rapture. Northern Meteor proved a sensation with his first two crops to race producing Group One winners Zoustar, Cosmic Endeavour, Shooting To Win and Romatic Touch. These fillies are members of his last crop.

A colt by More Than Ready from the Group One winner Portland Singa rounded out the Gold Coast purchases for the stable.

The sale overall was considered a great success with a similar clearance rate to the previous year of 86% but an increase in average up $26,606 to $170,728.


Impressive Purchases at Karaka

Impressive Purchases at Karaka

Having just arrived back from the Karaka Sales in New Zealand, Mark is very excited to introduce to you, two standout yearlings that Kavanagh Racing purchased, a filly by Per Incanto (Street Cry) and a colt by Tavistock.  

Joan's A Jett wins on debut

Joan's A Jett wins on debut

Mark knew he had a talented filly on his hands and couldn’t be more thankful to her breeders Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud in New Zealand who sent her over earlier this year.  

Kentucky creates more than a  breeze

Kentucky creates more than a breeze

Kentucky Breeze rewarded connections with their patience with a tough win in the $60,000 Suez McKellar Mile (1600m) at Saturday’s metropolitan Ballarat meeting. Trained by Kavanagh Racing’s Levi Kavanagh and ridden by apprentice Ethan Brown, Kentucky Breeze notched together his third career victory from ten career starts, making upwards of $150,000 in career earnings.  

Kav Racing Hot's Up!

Kav Racing Hot's Up!

It may have been a quiet Spring, but Kavanagh Racing’s team has been set for the Summer period. With a lot of inexperienced young horses set to race in the next few months the stable is happy with their decision to bypass the Spring and take advantage of the excellent pastures and give their horses a little for time, and the way the horses have developed is testament to the fact they made the right move.  

Win a share in a racehorse!

Win a share in a racehorse!

To celebrate Cup week we are giving away a 2.5% share in Jewel Racing's Charm Spirit x Black Beauty colt with all expenses paid up until the end on 2018 to be trained by multiple Group 1 winning trainer Mark Kavanagh. 

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