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Flemington favourite Imperatriz smashes Australasian record

29 May 2024 Written by Racing & Sports

Imperatriz has broken the record for Australasia’s highest-priced broodmare.

She has held the mantle as the world's best sprinter, the world's highest-rated mare and now Imperatriz can add most expensive broodmare ever sold in Australasia to her list of accomplishments.

The 10-time Group 1 winner lived up to her billing as the glamour lot of this year's Magic millions National Broodmare Sale when she sold for $6.6 million on the Gold Coast on Tuesday.

That obliterated the previous Australasian record of $5 million and she will take up residence in Victoria at Yulong Stud, which was keen to make the most of an opportunity to buy a rare commodity.

"You know you had to dig deep coming here and I think she made well and truly enough money," Yulong general manager Vin Cox said.

"Congratulations to Te Akau Racing and David (Ellis) and Karyn (Fenton-Ellis).

"She's in the top half-dozen, certainly top 10 mares of all time, she'd have to be. The Zenyattas, the Sunlines, and things like that come to mind but she punches with up there with them."

Imperatriz claimed the Australasian record from Milanova, who has owned it since being sold for $5 million by Inglis in 2008.

The previous record at a Magic Millions sale was $4.2 million, set by Sunlight in 2020.

Imperatriz's sale is part of a historic year in Australian bloodstock after the record price for a yearling was shattered earlier in the year, when Debbie Kepitis and family paid $10m for the first foal of her legendary racemare Winx.

Bidding on the daughter of I Am Invincible, who is in New Zealand and was offered in absentia, opened at $4 million after which auctioneer Steve Davis took bids of $250,000 until $6.5m, before Yulong – bidding under the name Zhijun Zhao – won the day with a $100,000 final bid.

It ends Imperatriz's time with Te Akau Racing, which paid $360,000 for her at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2020, and Te Akau principal David Ellis was delighted with the result.

"She's in the paddock at the farm at the moment, it's dark right now at Te Akau, (but) the young lady who looks after her is in the paddock and she had an iPad and was showing Imperatriz being sold," Ellis said.

"We've got a photo of it so it is quite priceless, really. To break the record for the top price for a mare is really exciting."

Imperatriz was the banner lot of a sale that saw Coolmore – which was underbidder on Imperatriz – pay $3.5m for Platinum Jubilee and $2.7m for Madame Pommery, while Yulong also paid $2.5m for T J Smith Stakes winner Chain Of Lightning.