A colt by Charge Forward made history on the Gold Coast today when he sold for $170,000 at the Magic Millions QTIS Yearling Sale.

The sale price for the colt, catalogued as Lot 200, is the highest achieved at a QTIS Yearling Sale.

Bred and sold by Highgrove Stud, the colt is a half brother to Danny O’Brien’s Melbourne based stakes winning juvenile Excitable Boy.

Bidding kicked off at $20,000 and climbed quickly toward $100,000 before Magic Millions’ Barry Bowditch outbid clients of the Tony Sears stable to buy the colt for $170,000.

Bowditch was on the phone to Queensland grazier Ian McCauley who was pleased to have secured the well bred and presented youngster.

“Earlier on I snapped up a filly for $20,000 and then I was underbidder on the Denman filly (who made $100,000),” McCauley said.

McCauley said the colt stood out when he and his two Queensland based trainers inspected youngsters in the lead up to the auction.

“I have about a dozen to 15 horses and three trainers – Ben Mason and Stewart McKinnon in Queensland and Patrick Payne in Victoria.”

“Ben and Stewart looked at the yearlings with me and this colt really stood out and both thought he was the pick of the sale.”

“When you pick out a horse of his quality you know you’ve got to be prepared to put your hand in your wallet.”

“The colt will stay in Queensland so either Ben or Stewart will train – I might have to flip a coin to decide!”

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