Trainer Lloyd Kennewell. Picture: Getty Images
Trainer Lloyd Kennewell. Picture: Getty Images

Kennewell digs deep to snare Invincible colt

FORMER Queensland-trained mare Oakleigh Girl stole top billing for the Magic Millions late on Saturday night, with her I Am Invincible colt topping the sale at $1.7 million.

He was one of two horses to fetch seven figures during the session, bringing the sale total to a record number of 11.

Book 1 closed with a new record gross of $169.5 million and the average was also up on last year's benchmark figure to $238,824.

Lloyd Kennewell has enjoyed his greatest achievements in racing with I Am Invincible's Group 1-winning daughter Viddora and his liking for the stallion propelled him to the $1.7 million for the Oakleigh Girl colt.

Kennewell said he was close to the best looking I Am Invincible colt he had seen and looked readymade for races like the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper.

Oakleigh Girl was prepared by Dan Bougoure to win stakes races in both Melbourne and Brisbane before running second in the 2014 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

This is her second foal, which was prepared for sale by Yarraman Park.

Clearly, the colt had many admirers, including Godolphin, who were blown out of the water by Kennewell.

"He was the colt we really identified, loved him and the team was very keen to get him," Godolphin's Vin Cox said.

"Anyway, we gave it a good shot but all the best to Lloyd. He's a very good trainer, loves the I Am Invincible breed and we will be watching his progress with great interest."

 

Godolphin’s Vin Cox did his best to snare the I Am Invincible colt. Picture: Getty Images
Godolphin’s Vin Cox did his best to snare the I Am Invincible colt. Picture: Getty Images

 

I Am Invincible contributed a whopping $24,345,000 to the sale gross with his 55 yearlings averaging $442,636.

He was eclipsed for the title of leading sire by average (five or more sold) by grand old man Redoute's Choice, who had 15 yearlings sell at an average of $549,667.

I Am Invincible's home of Yarraman Park topped the sale by gross, with 27 selling for $11,595,000 at a sale-topping average of $429,444 (for five or more sold).

Of note, Queensland nursery KBL Thoroughbreds had two sell at an average of $662,500.

Gai Waterhouse finished as the leading buyer from Book 1, securing 24 horses for $6,560,000.