Between them, these three bloodstock agents have selected the past two Golden Slipper winners, two of the favourites for Saturday’s Magic Millions Classic and the best turf horse in the world.
This week they will be competing against each other on the Gold Coast in a bid to find the next champion of the turf for their clients.
Guy Mulcaster has been behind the purchase of many of Chris Waller’s best horses in recent years, most notably the pin-up of the Magic Millions sales, Winx.
Julian Blaxland purchased From Within for former business partner Mark Sowerby and also selected Invincible Star in conjunction with Gai Waterhouse at last year’s sale.
James Harron has found the past two Golden Slipper winners, Vancouver and Capitalist, from these Magic Millions sales and he also bought nominal Slipper favourite Khan from the Gold Coast last year.
Selecting yearlings has never been an exact science. It is an art form of marrying the athlete you see in front of you with the pedigree presented on the page.
Bloodstock agents Guy Mulcaster, Julian Blaxland and James Harron are on the lookout for racing’s next star at the Magic Millions sales on the Gold Coast. Picture: Scott Fletcher
In recent years Harron, Mulcaster and Blaxland have been able to hit a few bullseyes and the trio will compete with hundreds of other buyers from today in an endeavour to do the same.
“We’re on a circuit and we go to sales six out of the 12 months a year and we get on pretty good,” Mulcaster said. “You either get the horses or you get beaten on them and then you generally don’t find out for 18 months if you were right or wrong.”
Harron said work for this sale started many months ago when he started strategising with clients.
“That can be difficult because at that stage you are still waiting for the yearlings we bought last year to come out and show something,” he said.
“Without the owners we’re not here. To have their support and faith in you is everything. You just want to reward them and have the horses perform on the track. Having horses win good races on the track is the pinnacle.”
Guy Mulcaster has been behind the purchase of many of Chris Waller’s best horses in recent years, including champion mare Winx. Picture: Scott Fletcher
Blaxland will again be buying with Gai Waterhouse this week and also has orders for emerging stud Aquis Farm.
“I think there’s an unspoken rivalry in every sport or pursuit. We spend so much time together, but when bidding finishes we’re the first to have a beer together,” Blaxland said of agent versus agent.
Harron said he has a policy of “no regrets” on horses he bid on, but missed out. “You price a horse and have to be happy to walk away knowing you gave it your best shot,” he said.
Perhaps tactfully, Blaxland rates Invincible Star and From Within as “hard to split” on Saturday.
“Obviously the rap on From Within is pretty good, but Gai has been telling us for a long time that Invincible Star is a very good filly,” he said.