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Big names unite to snare rare white horse - 27th March 2008
(Credit: Gold Coast Bulletin)

"YOU'RE going to Newcastle, you've gotta like the piss."

With those words John Singleton met and then christened the latest acquisition to his family with a mouthful of Bluetongue beer.

"She actually didn't like the Bluetongue early and I thought 'well I hope she's not a (Tooheys) New drinker," he said, "but then, 'boom', she took that big swallow and I knew she was one of us."

Never before had there been so much interest in an individual horse at the Magic Millions complex.

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With storms and thunder brewing in the background and the likes of Singleton, Gai and Robbie Waterhouse, Gerry Harvey, Graeme Rogerson and other buyers in the ageing shed, something special was destined to happen.

The crowd swarmed on the pre-sale parade ring to get a glimpse of the rare white horse.

She knew she was the star and put on a show.

There was kicking, bucking and attempts to get away from the strapper.

After 10 minutes she left the parade yard and headed down the chute and towards the sales ring.

The punters then swarmed into the sales precinct where it soon became standing room only -- in some areas the people were 12 deep.

Almost everyone had a camera or took a photograph on their mobile phone.

Stud staff, buyers and stickybeaks all had their eyes glued on the white filly they call Spook.

When bidding started there was a hush around the ring.

There were three main bidders, with offers starting about $100,000 and jumping for several minutes before the hammer eventually came down for $270,000.

It was bought by Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.

Then the fun began -- Singo was involved and so was Andrew 'Joey' Johns, who had been on the phone while the bidding took place.

A media scrum formed around the table where the buyers sat and Singo explained the grand plan.

He would race the horse with the former league superstar, and eight Newcastle Knights fans from pubs in the Hunter region would win shares.

The horse would be called Bluetongue, after the beer he has a heavy involvement in.

Another addition to the John Singleton marketing empire was born.

"Look at the price of advertising," he said in justification of his addition.

Some would argue that despite the horse being a close relation to racing superstar Might and Power, being white would ruin its chances of being a racetrack star -- and with good reason -- the handful of white horses that have raced have been far from champions.

However, Singo and Lees have a plan.

The horse will be spelled only at night and remain in the stable when the sun is out.

There will be special rugs and special care for her eyes.

"Look at her, there's nothing wrong with her, if she wasn't white there would have been a stack of people after her," he said.

"We had a limit of $200,000 but I heard the Japs were on it.

"I've just done Kokoda so it made me competitive."

She is one of the only 17 white horses registered with the Australian Stud Book and one of just over 100 around the globe.

Former superstar jockey Larry Olsen was on hand when Singo met his new darling and agreed with the assessment.

"I might make a comeback and ride her," he joked.

After a lengthy photo shoot outside the filly's stable, Singo had to go and do a radio interview about business issues.

Bluetongue was then returned to her stables and back to being a regular horse. Perhaps today the world will find out if horses suffer from hangovers.








John's blonde filly takes centre stage - 27th March 2008
(Credit: Gold Coast Bulletin)

A White filly took centre stage yesterday, but it appears a blonde filly is John Singleton's most cherished girl.

The woman who Singleton is believed to have been dating for over a year -- Gosford hairdresser Yvette Hartman -- was by the Magic Millions co-owner's side all day yesterday.

She sat at his table during the sales and the pair walked around the sales complex together laughing and enjoying life.

It appears the Gold Coast is a special place for the couple.

On Magic Millions Day last year, the pair first appeared in public at a race day function at the Gold Coast Turf Club.

They have since been seen together at a number of Sydney and Central Coast functions.

Yesterday, dressed in a purple singlet top and denim shorts, the glamorous woman and Singleton looked relaxed in each other's company.

When he bought a highly- publicised white filly, Singleton invited Ms Hartman to join him as he inspected the new purchase.

When asked who Ms Hartman was, a Magic Millions staffer replied: "His partner."

The Magic Millions co-owner has enjoyed a colourful love life.

He has had six wives, with the most recent being family lawyer Julie Martin.

The pair are rumoured to have agreed on a $50 million divorce settlement.

Another ex-wife is former Miss World Belinda Green.


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Media Release
Sunday, 3 December, 2006
For immediate release

A full sister to yesterday's Group Three WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) winner Catechuchu will go under the hammer at next month's Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

A member of the powerful David Hayes stable, Catechuchu made it back to back stakes wins when she scored an emphatic win in the feature three-year-old fillies event. The win helped ease the frustration for Hayes following the narrow defeat of stablemate Confectioner in the Group One Railway Stakes just 40 minutes earlier.

With premier jockey Damien Oliver in the saddle, Catechuchu sat off a hot speed set by Bella Pia before coming with a strong finishing burst to hit the front about 200 metres from home and racing clear to win by a length and a quarter.

Catechuchu was sent to Perth after her fighting win at her previous start in the listed Twilight Glow Stakes at Sandown in Melbourne.

The win provided a great boost to Lot 171, the sister to Catechuchu, who will be offered during the first session of the Magic Millions sale on January 11.

Like Catechuchu the yearling filly is a daughter of Danehill's Golden Slipper winning son Catbird and from the top producing Dahar mare Noble Fleur.

Noble Fleur, a placegetter in Adelaide during her racetrack career, is a half sister to the stakes winners Toy Image and Lucky Witch.

The latter is the dam of three stakes winners - Spirit of Westbury, Lucky Diva and Duke of Westbury.

Consigned by Swettenham Stud (as agent), Lot 171 is BOBS eligible.

She is one of 31 yearlings by Catbird catalogued for the Magic Millions sale and one of 27 consigned by Swettenham Stud.

Other members of the quality Swettenham draft are by sires including Anabaa, Bianconi, Danehill Dancer, Danzero, Exceed and Excel, Flying Spur, Fusaichi Pegasus, General Nediym, Hold That Tiger, Redoute's Choice, Rory's Jester, Tale of the Cat and Testa Rossa.



Media Release
Thursday, 1 February, 2007
For immediate release

BMW is synonymous with prestige, class and speed and it is for this reason the company name sits well as the sponsor for this year’s $250,000 BMW Perth Magic Millions Two Year Old Classic.

The BMW Classic is for the emerging star two year olds sold as yearlings through the Magic Millions sales during 2006 and the form runners look very promising with less than two weeks until race day.

The highest stake earners as at 1/02/07 are:

Secret Vault (F Bletchley Park/Lots of Secrets) $62,050
Kennity (F Kenvain/Vanity Rose) $49,250
Lacida (F Bletchley Park/Blankers Koen) $39,250
Azzuri Sky (F Zedrich/Lunch Love) $29,250
Jestatune (F Rory’s Jester/Umatune) $29,250
Mighty Mak (C Key Business/Arabella) $29,250
La Coureuse (F Eternity Range/La Fayette) $29,250
We Gotta Go (F Akhenaton/Glen Willow) $10,800
Rocking The Blues (C Easy Rocking/Tupelo) $9,900
Black In Time (F Blackfriars/Stop In Time) $9,000
Zedream (F Zedrich/Wild Ride) $8,000
Snookie The Bookie (F Tobougg/Sammee M) $4,500
Averroes (C Eternity Range/Riscahalo) $4,050
Baltic Sea (C Keltrice/Gdansk Danzer) $4,050
Shavano (C Tribu/Flighty Belle) $4,050
Baleen Magic (F Bletchley Park/Baleen Lass) $4,050
Moisture (F Mossman/Lady At War) $4,050



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