Phoenix Thoroughbreds were active on Day Two of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, adding six recruits to their racing division while also celebrating a significant result for their breeding arm.
Once again partnering with Aquis, the two powerhouses secured five Lots to add to the four already bought on day one while Phoenix also teamed up with trainer Mick Price to make it a sextet of purchases on the day.
Topping the newcomers for the Phoenix/Aquis alliance was Lot 221, a striking Not A Single Doubt colt which the partners went to $1.1million to secure. A first foal for winning and Group placed Denman mare Denmagic he is from the same family as Group Two winners Go the Knuckle and Magic Albert.
That colt was the first of three sons of Not A Single Doubt to be signed for by the two racing powerhouses. From the same family as Golden Slipper winner Polar Success, Lot 226’s family tree includes multiple Group winners Bring Me Maid and Sambro. At the same time, Lot 228 has close family ties to Group winner Contessa Vanessa.
Two Snitzel colt’s rounded things off for the partners on Day Two with the team first turning to Lot 314, a half brother to two Group Three winners and from the family of another Golden Slipper winner in Catbird. Before seeing the hammer fall in their favour for Lot 372, which has a page littered with black-type winners.
Phoenix has enjoyed plenty of success with Mick Price in the past and they partnered with the leading trainer to add an I Am Invincible colt listed as Lot 284. He is a half brother to Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice in addition to five other winners.
It was just a ‘buying’ day for Phoenix Thoroughbreds. The group’s growing influence as breeders was also in evidence as they celebrated a significant return on their So You Think colt.
Although perhaps best known for their exploits on the track, the team’s breeding operation has been the cornerstone of their business model since their inception in 2017. The last 12 months proved to be a breakout year as breeders for the Dubai-based team seeing Farnan win the Group One Golden Slipper while Letzbeglam took the Group Two Blue Diamond prelude.
They’ll be hoping for similar success after selling the son of So You Think to George Moore for $800,000. Raised and consigned as Lot 328 by Segenhoe he is out of unraced mare Frangrance, herself a full sister to Group One winner Skilled, and can count top-class performers Dextrous, Sidestep and Ambidexer as close relations.