O'Brien buys $1.5 million baby Diva

The yearling market might be down but the buzz surrounding the sale of Makybe Diva's first foal was high at the Easter Sale in Sydney.

Trainer Danny O'Brien paid $1.5 million for the Galileo colt out of the triple Melbourne Cup winner, but had to work hard to make it happen.

"There were so many people around the auctioneers couldn't see me," O'Brien said.

"I had to push my way through so they could take my bids.

"I've never seen so many people at a sale ring."

Makybe Diva's owner Tony Santic was happy with the price but reluctant to completely let go.

"He's gone to a good home," he said.

"Danny O'Brien's a great trainer and we're going to try and keep a leg in him," Santic said.

"I get attached to all of them basically. But the Makybe and Tugela family is a lot closer to my heart because they are the horses that made me.

"I love horses and he's a very special one because he's the first from Makybe.

"The market is pretty difficult at the moment and if he didn't make that sort of money I was very happy to take him home because he's such a great type. But he made his money."

Story by AAP, to view full story click here

Photo by Bob Finlayson

Merriest to make Magic Millions bid

Merriest to make Magic Millions bid
[11 Dec 17] The Danny O'Brien-trained mare Merriest is set to try her luck in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on the Gold Coast in January, on the back of a consistent spring campaign.  more...

Distancing sibling rivalry

Distancing sibling rivalry
[06 Dec 17] Given her bloodlines, Crimson And Clover has always had pressure to live up to the performances of her family, but today in her maiden victory the three-year-old filly did something neither of her famous half-siblings did in their careers.  more...

O'Brien has one concern ahead of Pakenham Cup

O'Brien has one concern ahead of Pakenham Cup
[05 Dec 17] Trainer Danny O’Brien has just one concern about De Little Engine ahead of Saturday’s Pakenham Cup (2500m). The seven-year-old is the highest-rated entry in the $250,000 Listed event however, pays for that with topweight of 60kg.  more...