Harron pays $900,000 for Snitzel colt
James Harron Bloodstock has parted with nearly $1 million for a yearling on the opening day of the 2018 Magic Millions Sales, paying $900,000 for the colt by Snitzel.
Harron had an eye on Lot 52 from the start of the sale and was impressed by his physical shape as much as anything else.
The colt, out of unraced War Emblem mare Madame Andree, did not have a remarkable pedigree, but his strength and demeanour was enough for Harron to pay nearly $1 million for him.
"I'm really delighted to get the horse," Harron told Sky Racing after the purchase. "He's just one of the standout physicals for me at the sale. Love the profile of the horse. He's a very athletic fellow and really handled the sale brilliantly well."
"He soaked up all the pressure and didn't turn a hair and hopefully he can do it on the track."
Harron also paid $600,000 for a colt be Exceed and Excel out of well-bred mare Oasis Rose.
Three years ago Harron parted with $165.000 for Capitalist, who would come back the next year and win the Magic Millions Classic.
Earlier, a closely related filly to former Australian horse of the year Typhoon Tracy went for $650,000.
The Redoute's Choice filly out of Typhoon Tracy's half sister Madam Tracey was expected to achieve top dollar and was brought by Peachester Lodge, which is owned by Queensland mining magnates Graham and Linda Huddy.
The Huddys bought champion galloper Shoot Out for just $15,000 in 2008 and he went on to win five Group Ones and over $3 million in prizemoney.
Hong Kong buyers also parted with $650,000 for a Fastnet Rock colt out of Irish mare Radharcnafarraige, while an I Am Invincible filly by the Group winning mare Octavia went for $625.000.
The sale continues today.