Leading trainers and major bloodstock agents from around Australia are expected to take a keen interest in Dawson Stud's draft at the Magic Millions Perth yearling sale today.
Trainers such as David Hayes, Bede Murray, Robbie Laing, Robbie Griffiths, Tony Noonan, Russell Cameron and Sam Pritchard- Gordon, bloodstock agents Damon Gabbedy and Louis Le Metayer and the BC3 Thoroughbreds team, led by former jockey Simon Marshall, cast their eyes over yearlings for the final time yesterday.
The sale starts at Belmont Park today with the first session and finishes tomorrow.
Dawson Stud has a top draft of 15 yearlings, headlined by two Lonhro youngsters from top WA families.
Lot 114, a Lonhro-Most Secret filly, is expected to attract plenty of interest.
She is a half-sister to Railway Stakes winner Covertly, Colonel Reeves Stakes winner and current Rangeview Stud sire So Secret, Secret Link and Siesta Park.
"She ticks all the boxes," Dawson's Graham Daws said.
"She's a good walker and has a great conformation and temperament.
"She has the pedigree and residual value. I was reluctant to sell her as she has the potential to be a great broodmare down the track and it's hard to buy into the family."
The second of Dawson's Lonhro youngsters, lot 135, is a colt out of Paradise Park, who is the dam of multiple Group winner Grand Nirvana. Paradise Park won four races as a two-year-old, including the WA Sires' Produce Stakes.
"He's a late foal but he's a great, free walker and is definitely worth looking at," Daws said.
Daws also has high hopes for his Testa Rossa-Tantra Dancer colt (lot one), Medaglia d'Oro-Kalatiara filly (91), Viscount-She's Zeel filly (165) and Flying Spur-Sudden Headache colt (182).
"Lot one is always hard at any auction but he's a nice colt," Daws said.
"The Kalatiara filly is a late foal but she's just starting to mature now. She's a half-sister to Kalahaar and has a great pedigree."
MM Perth manager David Houston expects the reduction of the catalogue, down 165 on last year's sale, to be a success.
"Having the 100 or so less horses tidies it up a bit and boosts the quality of the sale," Houston said.
"Everyone thinks it's a strong catalogue and most of the horses are living up to their expectations."
Top interstate and New Zealand sires such as More Than Ready, Snitzel, Exceed And Excel, Flying Spur, Choisir, High Chaparral, Rock Of Gibraltar, Statue Of Liberty, Starcraft and O'Reilly are also represented in the sale.
Scenic Lodge Stud champion Blackfriars and Mungrup Stud's Oratorio headline the local contingent of sires.