Coolmore has confirmed it has purchased Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Storm Boy, with the unbeaten Justify colt to remain in training with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

The global breeding giant did not disclose the terms of the deal, but as previously reported on The Straight, it is likely to feature an upfront amount, up to $15 million, with bonuses paid to the previous ownership along the way if Storm Boy were to win certain races.   

Coolmore’s Tom Magnier commented on the significance of the deal which will help secure the legacy of Justify in Australia.

“We are extremely excited to secure Storm Boy with a great group of clients and friends from all over the world,” he said.

“His performance in the Magic Millions had to be seen to be believed. He had to do the work at both ends and broke his opponents’ hearts in a similar way to what Justify himself did in his own racing career.

“We have had a close eye on this colt since his first trial and he has raised the bar each time he has been seen in public.”

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Coolmore bred Storm Boy together with the McClure family but sold him as yearling to Waterhouse/Bott and their bloodstock advisor Bruce Slade of Kestrel Thoroughbreds for $460,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.  

“Storm Boy being by Justify is obviously a huge positive for us, as we are of the firm belief that what Justify is currently doing as a sire is only the tip of the iceberg for him,” Magner said.

“Through the likes of City Of Troy, Opera Singer and Ramatuelle in Europe, Just FYI and Hard To Justify in America and now Storm Boy in Australia, he is quite clearly the best sire of two-year-olds in the world.

“We want to be involved in Justify’s best sons globally, but given that Storm Boy was raised and grazed at Coolmore makes him even more special for us to be part of.”

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