Dundeel's dozen Magic Millions yearlings: Lot 125

Mike & Kate Fleming brought an outstanding record of success from Broadwater Thoroughbreds to their new base at the famous Bhima property near Scone, which they purchased from the White family in mid-2015. More than 200 Broadwater graduates, including Group 1 winners First Seal & I Am A Star and champion Singapore 2YO Super One, have already earned close to $30 million, and Bhima was once home to champion sire Biscay. But Mike is most excited by what the farm’s current 20 Magic Millions yearlings, among them the Dundeel-Johan’s Toy colt, can add to that history.

The Dundeel-Johan’s Toy colt, a $110,000 Magic Millions weanling buy, has plenty of pluses on the pedigree page. He’s a half-brother to Bob & Jan Bergstrom’s multiple Group winner Toydini out of the dual Listed winner & Group 1-placed mare Johan’s Toy (by Johann Cruyff), herself a half-sister to Group winners Extra Zero and Operetta Lass.

However, Mike Fleming says he paid more attention to the individual standing in front of him. “The thing that attracted me most was the way he moved and carried himself, he was a lovely, well-balanced, good moving horse.

“I’m very happy with the way he’s developed, he’s furnished into a nice yearling, not a precocious two-year-old type, but he looks like he’ll make a lovely three-year-old.”

Star 3YOs are as much a part of the Magic Millions Gold Coast story as brilliant juveniles, a point proven by the likes of Global Glamour (ATC Flight S. G1), Lasqueti Spirit & Dear Demi (VRC Oaks G1), Shooting To Win (MRC Caulfield Guineas G1), Single Gaze (ATC Storm Queen S. G1), Dissident (ATC Randwick Guineas G1) & Zoustar (ATC Golden Rose S. G1 & VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1).

It’s a space in the market that Mike believes Dundeel is well-qualified to fill. “I think he’s a stallion that will fit well into the Australian market by supplying some of those Classic three-year-old horses that are generally sourced out of New Zealand.”

Mike says that picking out any other yearlings from Bhima’s Magic Millions draft of 11 fillies and nine colts is “almost impossible”, but he can expect to be busy parading, for example, First Seal’s half-brother by Exceed and Excel, the Snitzel-Miss Iguacu filly from the Shantha’s Choice family, the More Than Ready colt out of Group 1 winner Quintessential and a pair of Redoute’s Choice fillies.

Asked for this year’s highlights from previous drafts, Mike says “Being the vendor of Myer Classic winner I Am A Star for a very good client of ours, Wentwood Grange in New Zealand. And given we’re a small farm, we’re proud to see three graduate colts head to stud this year:  Super One to Newgate Farm, Ready For Victory to Sun Stud and, of course, Scissor Kick to Arrowfield.“

$280,000 paid for Johan's Toy in foal to Dundeel

“Thrilled with result and new owner!” was Jan Bergstrom’s response on Twitter after her mare Johan’s Toy, in foal to Dundeel, sold for $280,000 on the second day of the Inglis Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale.

Offered by Goodwood Farm on behalf of Jan and her husband Bob, Johan’s Toy was purchased by well-respected judge Alan Bell, who undoubtedly recognises the triple value of an attractive stakes-winning mare, already the dam of multiple Group winner Toydini and in foal to six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel.

The bonus was the mare’s lovely weanling filly by Animal Kingdom, bought for $200,000 by pin-hooker Lyndhurst Farm on the Sale’s first day. That was the equal highest price paid for a filly in the weanling section of the Sale.

Johan’s Toy was one of four mares sold from the first book of 132 mares Dundeel served at Arrowfield last Spring. Second highest price of $150,000 was paid by Victorian buyer T. Ryan for Sorel Point, a winning daughter of Encosta de Lago from the family of Rock of Gibraltar. She was consigned by Newgate Farm.

Animal Kingdom weanling sells for $200,000

Animal Kingdom posted the equal highest price for a filly at the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale when the daughter of dual stakeswinner Johan’s Toy was sold for $200,000.

The buyers were experienced pinhookers Mark & Shelley Treweek of New Zealand’s Lyndhurst Farm and their final bid was only $30,000 short of the Weanling Sale’s top price.

Offered by Goodwood Farm, the filly is a half-sister to multiple Group winner Toydini, from a stakes-winning half-sister to Extra Zero & Operetta Lass, both also Group winners.

Goodwood Farm also sold Johan’s Toy, in foal to Dundeel. She was purchased for $280,000 by Alan Bell.

Animal Kingdom, winner of the Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby, will serve his third Australian book of mares at Arrowfield this Spring.