$4 Million In Yearlings Won’t Be at the Magic Millions

Tue 17th November 2020

Trainer John Sadler has a bumper crop of two-year-olds under his training totalling nearly $4 million in purchase price, but none of them will be heading to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions in January.

Hong Kong-based owner Bon Ho splurged on ten yearlings totalling $3.915 million at the Magic Millions sale in January and sent them to trainer John Sadler. Only one of them, a Capitalist gelding Capital Legend, is a chance to be seen during the 2021 autumn.

Sadler said that he wished more of the crop had developed more quickly and put their hands up as two-year-olds, but the jury was still out with the juveniles.

“There are some very nice horses there, but have they put their hand up to go as early two-year-olds – no,” Sadler says.

“We will not have a runner at the Magic Millions.

“The thing about most of them is they are by sprinting stallions but they are out of staying mares.

“A lot of them are probably horses that will run over a mile.

“I’m very lucky to have them and it’s enjoyable – I probably would have liked one or two to maybe come up just a little bit earlier and maybe for one to run at the Magic Millions and for one to get ready for the Blue Diamond, but that’s not going to happen.

“It will be 12 months down the road when people will either be saying we have three or four really nice horses or they will be saying that didn’t work.”

Owner Bon Ho recently won the 2020 The Everest with Classique Legend, who is now based in Hong Kong.

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