One leading two-year-old who will miss the $2m Magic Million Classic (1200m) is the former Tony McEvoy-trained Maximus Moonard.
The Fomalhaut colt has been sold to Hong Kong for an undisclosed sum.
But whatever the amount is, it is fair to say it has pleased connections.
Maximus Moonard is one of many good juveniles McEvoy has produced this season.
It scored a last to first win in the 100,000 Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1200m) at Sandown Hillside on November 12.
Besides Maximus Moonard, McEvoy has enjoyed two-year-old wins with Jimando, Little Critter and Swipeline.
He also has many juveniles ready to hit the track.
McEvoy has taken over the running of the Kildalton Park, formerly part of Lindsay Park owned by David Hayes.
“We still have a lot of work to do at Kildalton Park so I’ll put Maximus Moonard’s name on every fence we put up,” McEvoy said hinting at the enormous price paid.
McEvoy is co-leader of the Adelaide trainers’ premiership on 15 winners with Hayes, his old boss.
Maximus Moonard’s sire Fomalhaut was a speed performer in France who stood at Mornmoot Stud, the former Victorian home of one of the great modern sires Century.
Mornmoot Stud sold Maximus Moonard as a yearling to McEvoy for $26,000 at the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale.