Knoydart, a consistent performer at the top level over the past two seasons, produced a big effort for jockey James McDonald but was unable to peg back the winner Hot Snitzel
in the Group 1 BTC Cup over 1,200m at Doomben Racecourse in Queensland,
The son of young sire Snitzel
defied odds of 20-1 when breaking his maiden in the Group 1 event, beating top-class runners as Foreteller, Fiorente, It's A Dundeel and Seville in the process.
The top sprinter from Sydney, Snitzel
, is the one they have to beat.
Blandford Bloodstock also purchased three with Dance and had a Snitzel
colt knocked down to them on behalf of New Zealand trainer Trevor Cruz.
Next among the top lots, and the second highest priced filly of the day at A$400,000 (PS262,000/[euro]322,000), was a daughter of Snitzel
out of Miss Kournikova purchased by Brisbane trainer Dan Bougoure.
The four-year-old becomes the first son of champion Australian stallion Redoute's Choice, also the sire of successful Australian stallions Snitzel
and Stratum, to stand in Europe.
His leading performers include the Group 1-winning pair Stratum and Snitzel
Leading performers include the Golden Slipper hero Stratum and Oakleigh Plate winner Snitzel
who have both gone on to succeed at stud, as well as the Mike de Kock-trained globetrotter Musir, who won the Group 2 Al Rashidiya on his latest start at Meydan.
Benfica had the 1m event well in his keeping halfway down the straight when he cruised up on the inside of Hot Snitzel
before asserting to score by a length and a quarter from that rival, with Playtime three lengths away third.
TOP TEN SIRES AT MAGIC MILLIONS GOLD COAST SALE By average yearling price (3 or more sold, sessions 1-4) stallion sire yearlings sold average price (A$) Redoute's Choice Danehill 13 385,000 Encosta De Lago Fairy King 27 200,009 More Than Ready Southern Halo 33 190,455 Fastnet Rock Danehill 29 180,000 Snitzel
Redoute''s Choice 10 177,000 Exceed And Excel Danehill 9 152,222 Flying Spur Danehill 18 146,667 Shamardal Giant''s Causeway 11 139,545 Street Sense Street Cry 9 136,944 Dubawi Dubai Millennium 3 135,000