First yearlings by Bivouac well received at Magic Millions

World Champion Sprinter achieves a milestone with a yearling making $675,000

Buyers at the 2024 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale have shown keen interest in the first yearlings by the World Champion Sprinter, Bivouac.

After two days, 14 lots by the three-time G1 winner and the world’s best sprinter in 2020 have sold to an array of the leading trainers in Australia.

A grandson of the mighty Danehill, and considered champion Darley stallion Exceed And Excel’s best son to stand at stud, the progeny of Bivouac had been long-awaited.

Leading trainer Ciaron Maher was responsible for the highest bid on a Bivouac lot, paying $675,000 for a lovely bay filly out of the Lonhro mare Secretly Discreet.

Secretly Discreet was a five-time winner and a half-sister to Really Discreet.

The mare’s dam, Maybe Discreet, was a G1 winner of the South Australian Oaks.

The yearling was offered by Mill Park Stud at Meningie in South Australia and attracted spirited bidding.

Maher’s bloodstock manager Will Bourne said he was excited to secure such an athletic type.

“She’s very much an athlete – strong, great through the hocks walking away from you and we felt that she’d be a filly that could come back and compete next year as a two-year-old, and obviously Mill Park are great breeders,” he said.

“(He’s a) first-season sire in Bivouac, but on that Lonhro/Exceed (And Excel) cross – she’s out of a Lonhro mare – which has proven so potent.

“Across the board, we felt it was a measured play.”

Like their sire, who was a dual Stakes winner as a juvenile before training on at three, Bourne said the progeny of Bivouac looked ideal early two-year-olds.

“They’re not heavy horses,” he said.

“They’re leaner, more athletic types, but I think that is going to be advantageous to get them to the races at two.

“Ciaron’s dominant horses have been lighter types, like Coolangatta.

“They don’t take a lot of training, so I’m hoping it enables her to get back here next year.”

The filly created a lot of interest among rival trainer." Bourne said.