Dundeel makes mark at Magic Millions

Dundeel defeating the previously unbeaten Atlantic Jewel in the 2013 Gr.1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield.

Dundeel defeating the previously unbeaten Atlantic Jewel in the 2013 Gr.1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield.

Cambridge-trained Dundeel was a superstar on the racetrack and he is now making his mark with his oldest progeny in the sale ring.

Retired in 2014, Dundeel was the Leading Freshman Sire at last year’s Magic Millions National Weanling Sale where all six of his lots sold for an average of A$143,333.

And now he has been the centre of attention on the first day of the Magic Millions Yearling Sales on the Gold Coast where a colt from the champion racemare Miss Finland fetched the top price of A$900,000 when knocked down to Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock.

Miss Finland won the 2006 Golden Slipper and showed her class and versatility when later that year she added the VRC Oaks to her impressive record.

Dundeel, who raced in Australia as It’s Dundeel, was a six-time Group One winner and won over $6.3 million in prize money when prepared at Cambridge by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

During his career on the racetrack he progressed from a two-year-old maiden win at Ellerslie in April 2012 to Group One success within five starts, all in six months. He stretched his unbeaten record to five with his win in the Gr.1 ATC Spring Champion Stakes then returned to Sydney the following autumn to make history.

He won the Gr.1 Randwick Guineas, the Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas then became the first horse in history to win all four Group One three-year-old races when taking the Gr.1 ATC Derby by six lengths and he did it in style. He ran his final 400 metres faster than the unbeaten world champion sprinter Black Caviar did in the 1200-metre T.J. Smith Stakes on the same day.

Dundeel went on to become the only horse to beat the previously unbeaten Atlantic Jewel, in the Gr.1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield, then returned to Sydney in the autumn of 2014 to pick up three Group One placings before signing off successfully in Australasia’s richest weight-for-age event, the inaugural A$4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

He was NZ Horse of the Year in 2013-14, Champion NZ 3YO in 2012-13, Champion Middle Distance Male in Australia & New Zealand in 2013-14 and Champion NSW Horse of the Year. He ended up with World Thoroughbred Rankings of 115 (in 2012), 121 (in 2013) and 122 (in 2014).