Modern Thoroughbred Buyers Need Deep Pockets at Magic Millions

If it was already not bbad enough that foreign countries are poaching the best Australian human athletes for rugby and soccer, there are some now seeking to deprive Australian turf of the best thoroughbred racers as well, thanks largely to vast sums of money for which they can find no other purpose.

The Gold Coast Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on Tuesday just past saw the China Horse Club plunk down $1.7 million to secure a filly that has, as her primary accomplishment, placed in a Group 1 race. The filly in this case was Nurse Kitchen.

What did she do to engender such extravagance?

She finished runner-up in this year’s Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill in March. She also won the Group 2 Moonee Valley Oaks back in October of 2016. Her only other win was a set-weight maiden over 1300 m on a synthetic track in June of 2016.

Nurse Kitchen was prepared for the Vinery Stud by Mornington-based trainer David Brideoake and was previously owned by Sarah Moody.

Michael Wallace is doing the buying for China Horse Club. China Nurse was the third horse he purchased on the day, another being Dancingfordiamonds, a three-year-old bay filly that raced and won once just over a week ago. That purchase cost the China Horse Club $260,000, a relative bargain, considering that Dancingfordiamonds has an impeccable pedigree that contains many formidable northern hemisphere thoroughbreds.

As for Nurse Kitchen, her sire, Savabeel, is the offspring of Zabeel, so it would appear as though she is a stayer in the making, although she has yet to be tried beyond 2000 m.

She will be raced for a bit in the silks of the China Horse Club, and then be retired to stud.

One can only look back in awe when it is seem what the current market offers when compared to the 750 guineas Tulloch fetched at the Trentham Yearling Sales in 1956.

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