Publish Date: November 6, 2023
In Australia, sales of thoroughbred horses are a big and important part of the country’s well-known horse race and breeding industry. These sales events have grown into global displays of pedigree, potential, and status. From the lush fields of Victoria to the famous beaches of the Gold Coast, these sales bring together breeders, buyers, and spectators to see the culmination of meticulous breeding programs and the unveiling of future champions.
Here are some famous Thoroughbred sale moments in Australian history:
Redoute’s Choice (15 August 1996 – 26 March 2019) was an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse with multiple Group One victories. He was a champion sire and consistently produced top-quality racehorses. His offspring have often fetched high prices at auctions, contributing to his reputation as a prolific sire.
Makybe Diva is a legendary Australian Thoroughbred racehorse. She was born on March 21, 1999, and is the only horse and mare to win three Melbourne Cups. She was the most successful horse in Australian history, having won over 14 million. She produced several offspring that went on to be sold at auctions. Their sales attracted significant attention due to the connection to the iconic racehorse.
In 2019, a colt by I Am Invincible out of Tai Tai Tess was sold for $2.3 million at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The sale price set a new record for the Magic Millions sale and highlighted the ongoing demand for quality bloodstock.
In 2012, a full sister to the undefeated champion racehorse Black Caviar was sold at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for a staggering $2.6 million. The filly was named “Belle Couture” and garnered immense attention due to her famous sibling’s success.
Snitzel has sired over 100 individual stakes winners and is a Group 1 winning Australian thoroughbred stallion. Snitzel is a prominent sire in Australia, has consistently produced high-earning racehorses. His progeny have achieved success on the track, and their achievements have driven up demand for his yearlings at sales.
These events highlight the dynamic and influential nature of Thoroughbred sales in Australia, where high-quality bloodstock and the legacy of legendary race horses continue to attract the attention of buyers, breeders, and racing fans.