By Tara Madgwick courtesy of BREEDNET


Magic Millions 2020 has been well covered but we always find it interesting to take a look at the sires that returned the most profit for their supporters in terms of multiple of fee and straight profit.

Turning 20 this year, Rosemont Stud’s Starcraft topped the list by multiple of fee which is really not that surprising.

Starcraft heads the list for the best return on investment at Magic Millions Gold Coast record sale

For a stallion of his quality that can get a Group I winner and seriously good types for the sale ring, Starcraft  is priced well below what he should actually be worth if fees were set on merit rather than often fickle market forces.

His three yearlings sold were all colts and his result was flattered by the inclusion of the full brother to his champion son Star Witness that made $320,000, but how good a result was that for B2B Thoroughbreds who bred and sold this cracking colt from Leone Chiara.

Leone Chiara has been to loads of expensive stallions during her stud career – Elusive Quality ($137,500), Bernardini (USA) ($55,000) , Medaglia D’Oro (USA) (twice for $88,000 and $77,000), Sepoy (twice for $66,000) and Sebring (twice for $60,500 and $66,000), but in returning to the bargain priced sire that made her a success in the first place has hit a home run in the sale ring.

For the record she has a filly to follow by Starcraft and was covered by him again last spring.

No Nay Never is an interesting one as he’s now one of Europe’s most exciting young sires and priced at Coolmore Ireland at a fee of 175,000 euros, but back in 2017 when these yearlings were conceived you could go to him here for just $11,000.

Off that fee and given what he’s done so far it would be almost impossible not to make money on No Nay Never in the sale ring this year, although that will change if his success is not replicated in Australia in the next 12 months.