Sizzling’s brother makes $1,600,000
The brother to Group One-winning Newgate Farm-based stallion Sizzling, by Australia’s reigning champion stallion Snitzel, was met with strong competition in the Magic Millions Sales ring before finally being sold to a syndicate for $1,600,000 late yesterday.Caulfield-based trainer Ciaron Maher, who is set to make his return in April after a six-month suspension, will train the colt for buyers Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Aquis Farm, Yulong Investments and Ciaron Maher Bloodstock.
Consigned by Milburn Creek as Lot 480, the colt is the sixth living foal out of the winning and stakes-placed mare Admirelle (General Nediym), who has had four foals to race for two winners, including Sizzling.
The colt’s now two-year-old half-brother by I Am Invincible, who is unraced, was sold by Milburn Creek at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $900,000 to McEvoy Mitchell Racing, while a brother by Snitzel was sold for $2,200,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Maher was pleased to be entrusted with the colt by the syndicate of investors and believes he has all the credentials to emulate his brother’s Group One-winning racetrack performance.
“He is a stallion prospect and is a great type. He has a great temperament and there is also a great group of people in the horse, so hopefully we can turn him into a stallion,” Maher said.
“Snitzel is the hottest sire in the country, so hopefully he can be a Group One winner and we can get him into the stallion barn. He will be put through the system and hopefully he can be as good or better than his brother.”
Maher trained Vain Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) winner Jukebox, who is a three-year-old colt by Snitzel, but he said the similarities with his latest acquisition ended there.
“Jukebox was a different type. This horse seems stronger and he looks much more like his brother than Jukebox,” he said. “This colt is very well balanced and strong, so I couldn’t see why he wouldn’t get up very early.”
Milburn Creek stud manager Scott Holcombe said the price tag achieved by the Snitzel colt exceeded expectations.
“We felt he was closer type to his brother Sizzling, a great type, mover and had a great attitude,” Holcombe said.
“We are delighted to see Ciaron Maher will train him and our appreciation to the syndicate who purchased him. Credit to John and Trish Muir’s wonderful mare Admirelle and all the hard work our dedicated staff puts in to our horses.”