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Frankel youngsters the two highest-priced colts at Millions sale
Coolmore's decision to offer two Frankel colts conceived in Europe at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale was rewarded when the blueblood youngsters were among the higher-priced lots of the Gold Coast sale.
A son of Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Nechita sold for $650,000 after the colt out of star Kiwi mare Fix sold for $560,000.
They were the two most expensive colts of the sale, which was topped by the Zoustar-Members Joy filly who sold for $750,000.
Both colts are products of mares who spent time in Ireland and came to Australia in-foal to the champion British stallion and Coolmore was delighted with the results.
"They've been very straight forward since the day they were born, they've taken everything in their stride, showed themselves very well this week and they've both made a great price," Coolmore Australia's farm manager John Kennedy said.
"It just shows the strength of the market down here in Australia. We're really starting to take consideration into sending the best mares here and not only to support out stallions, but to take advantage of the market.
"That's why more of these good mares are going to come back to Australia in the next couple of years."
The Nechita foal, who is a half-sister to Group 3-winnng Metropolitan placegetter Harpo Marx and European Group 3 winner Forbearance, was bought by Tony Bott and will be trained by his son Adrian and Gai Waterhouse..
The son of Fix, who was the New Zealand Filly Of The Year in 2012/13, was bought by James Clarke and will end up with Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker.
Clarke was desperate to utilise a rare opportunity to get his hands on a son of the champion stallion.
"He is one of those rare ones where he's as good here as he is in the Northern Hemisphere," Clarke said of Frankel as a stallion
"More than 25 percent of his horses get Black Type in the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere, which is a pretty amazing feat.
"They're rare commodities, to find one and stump up and buy them, but if we came back here and we had to buy him a yearling sale I think we'd have to pay a little bit more for him."