With Day 1 of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale getting underway on Tuesday one young sire that will no doubt be on every buyers’ radar is Aquis’ Group One Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet.
A son of the hugely successful and emerging sire of sires Choisir, Divine Prophet was a precocious 2YO winning his second start before running a close 3rd in the Group One Champagne Stakes won by Prized Icon, on just his third career start.
At 3 he was a first-up winner of the Group Three Up and Coming Stakes when beating Derryn, Thronum and Prized Icon, before going on to win the Group One Caulfield Guineas, beating home Seaburge, Hey Doc and Impending, who filled the minor placings.
It is little surprise that the first mares to go under the hammer in-foal to Divine Prophet proved hugely successful at the Inglis Chairmans’ and Australian Broodmare Sale where they recorded a 100% clearance rate with a top price of $200,000 and an average price of over $90,000.
Divine Prophet served 170 mares in his first season at stud and is currently standing the Northern Hemisphere season at Tara Stud in Ireland.
All early indicators suggest that Divine Prophet is well positioned to make a big impact at stud and join the ranks of Champion Sires Vain, Lonhro and Redoute’s Choice who, like Divine Prophet, are all past winners of the Group One Caulfield Guineas.
There are 23 mares selling at Magic Millions in-foal to Divine Prophet, with highlights including;
Lot 843 Absolute Pleasure, on account of Holbrook Thoroughbreds. Her 2017 weanling by Choisir sold to Newgate for $110,000 at the recent Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
Lot 874 Arwen Ace, on account of Aquis, had a big pedigree update on the weekend with her close relation LEAN MEAN MACHINE winning the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce. The Chris Waller-trained colt is favourite to take out the Group 1 JJ Atkins.
Lot 950 Centafaith, on account of Aquis, is the dam of the 2YO Stakes winner FUNDAMENTALIST who has placed twice at Group level since the catalogue was printed. She is also set to take her place in the Group 1 JJ Atkins for the Lindsay Park stable.
Lot 1311 Polson, on account of Aquis, is a granddaughter of the blue-hen mare SKATING, making her a close relation to Champion 2YO and Golden Slipper winner VANCOUVER.
Lot 1334 Ravissant, on account of Bhima Thoroughbreds, is bred in the purple and hails from the immediate female family of Champion 3YO Filly FAINT PERFUME.
Lot 1416 Spooked, on account of Rothwell Park, is a daughter of the Group 2 AJC Emancipation Stakes winner, and the multiple Group 1-placed BEAT THE FADE and is from the immediate family of INFANTRY – Horse of the Year in Singapore in 2017.
Divine Prophet stands at Aquis, Hunter Valley, and his 2018 fee is $22,000 (incl GST) with payment on live foal terms.