Ciaron Maher makes four purchases on day one of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale

BIG SPEND: Trainer Ciaron Maher spent up at a yearling sale on the Gold Coast. Picture: Rob Gunstone
BIG SPEND: Trainer Ciaron Maher spent up at a yearling sale on the Gold Coast. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Group one-winning trainer Ciaron Maher wasted no time getting back into the spotlight on the opening day of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

The suspended Maher, who resumes training on April 1 after serving a-six month ban, purchased four yearlings on the opening day of the premier four-day sale.

A filly by Fastnet Rock was his first purchase for $210,000, followed by a Dream Ahead filly for $150,000.

The four-time Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase-winning trainer also paid $320,000 for a colt by Written Tycoon and $150,000 for a filly by Rubick.

Maher, who inspected inspecting yearlings on the Gold Coast for 10 days before the sale, has indicated he would be buying yearlings in New Zealand later this month before going to yearling sales in Melbourne and Sydnes.

Aaron Purcell took over the training of horses in Maher’s stable following his six-month suspension due to ownership issues with conman Peter Foster.