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$1.75M For Blue Diamond Winner's Dam
The dam of this year's Blue Diamond Stakes winner Lyre topped the fourth and final day of the 2019 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast. Erato, catalogued in the supplementary as Lot 1922, sold for $1.75 million and was one of three individual lots to sell for $1 million or more, bringing to 11 the number of seven figure sellers for the sale. Presented at the sale by Yarraman Park Stud, as agent, Erato was snapped up by Yu Long Investments - pushing them to a clear lead on the leading buyers table for total spend. "Obviously she's a blue hen," Sam Fairgray said after signing for the top seller. "It's a great family and she's produced the Blue Diamond winner. [Yu Long principal] Mr Zhang was very keen to get her and we are very pleased she will be joining the Yu Long team." Erato provided the team from Australian Bloodstock with a dream result. They purchased her for $120,000 two years ago at the National Broodmare Sale when she was offered through the Godolphin draft. With her first foal since winning the Blue Diamond Stakes the team decided to offered her in foal to Russian Revolution and it proved a masterstroke. "The success of mares like Erato and Lipari this week show the opportunities for buyers at the National Broodmare Sale," Magic Millions managing director Barry Bowditch said. "It is fantastic to see our buyers rewarded with updates and they are able to re-offer those mares to the market."